Okay, my characters are coming out of a long hibernation and despite the firm thread of winter's freeze, I am forced to respond to their incessant demands. Dabiro and Belwyn are especially pushy.
But I am working a lot on book 3 (Fires of Rapiveshta) and I am anxious about finally seeing book 2 in actual print and the artwork.
I have run oodles of revisions on some of my characters and the various story lines. There is a lot I cannot discuss because book 2, Tree of Bones, is not yet released and there are some new characters afoot-both good and evil-and I want you to be surprised.
What I have learned, is that you cannot set your story or characters in stone. Changes happen. They are demanded in fact. I guess that is why I have such issues with book outlines. They can only be most basic type for me. My mind works a certain way in the creative process. I know how a story will start and exactly how it ends for each book. What happens in between in an evolutionary process that fills in my gaps. I have blocks for each character and their story arcs. I know what will happen to every character in my novels. But I cannot use the outline. As a writer you need to use what works for you. Advice can be good or bad, so I pay little heed to the so-called experts. Use what works for you. The fun is getting there, along with some hot drobba as I weave the magic of words on my computer. Magic is what you make of it, just add your own marshmallows and stir it up.
More later. I need more hot drobba and Mellypip is tugging at my thoughts.