So, just got back from my somewhat daily walk.
I don’t get out every day.
It was wonderful to be out in the sun.
Even if it was cool enough to justify wearing my Red Wings jersey.
It’s a Fedorov (91).
For most of the walk I mentally wrote the ending to Déjà Vu, the upcoming story. As I neared the end of the walk I decided on my next project. Titled Rainmaker, it will be another short story tied to the Ghost Games series.
And yep, I’ll do the same as I did with Karma in terms of pricing.
I wasn’t passionate about the next project and in fact, doing another short story solves a problem. A few actually.
- I’m able to creatively channel excess energy created by the chaos
- I didn’t think I had enough to make Rainmaker a full-length novel but loved the plot
- I needed a break from series fiction. Even standalone books in a series are intense
I’ve had fun working on Deja Vu though it was challenging, too.
It’s really different than anything I’ve worked on and short stories have always been a challenge for me.
Deja Vu solved a unique challenge I was having with the Ghost Games series. Namely, What was going to be the inaugural story?
I had three very cool book ideas but couldn’t decide which one I wanted to release as the first in the series. By releasing a short story, I was able to introduce readers to the style of the series without the pressure of having to choose.
I was also able to double back.
When first considering the plot for the initial short story, I had two ideas. I liked both but ended up choosing one for Déjà Vu. I figured I’d eventually use the other one somewhere along the series way. By doing it as another short story I tie all that creative chaos into a neat bow.
I’m guessing I’ll have Déjà Vu available for download within 10 – 14 days.
Here is an excerpt from Déjà Vu:
River’s stomach twisted at the look on his face. She’d obviously ruined the moment. “Sorry.”
Dodi put a hand beneath River’s chin, tilted her face so she’d look at him. “Do you see, River? The world is experienced not in fleeting moments but what we capture within through what we see, smell -.” He handed her a glass of cool water, waited while she sipped before setting it down and continuing. “Taste.” He put a finger to her cheek. “Touch. Love is everywhere but to connect with it you need to be aware on a level that you have not yet mastered. How could you?” he asked, “when your experience with the world has been so limited. If you want to know love – to truly know love – you have to embrace the world and all that is within it. Only once you let it inside through those senses will you be able to know what it is when you finally find it.”