Typically, when I finish one project, I dabble here and there, writing bits and pieces of works until something sticks and then I jump in and finish it. I’ve just finished Astrid Maxxim and the Electric Racecar Challenge, so I’m tinkering with some projects old and new to find my next project.
The following are three projects in various stages of pre-writing:
Astrid Maxxim and the Mystery of Dolphin Island is the next book in the series. I’m really happy with the direction that the Astrid Maxxim series is taking, and the books are fun to write. This book is a plot with a bunch of ideas that need to be fleshed out before I start writing. On the other hand, Astrid Maxxim books come together easily. Though I might not start on this one right away, they do make kind of a good pallet cleanser after writing a more difficult book. It’s no surprise that this book will involve dolphins… and an island. It will also be Astrid, with very few of her regular supporting characters along for the ride.
People have been clamoring for a new robot book, and I’ve had an outline for a while. I was originally calling this one A Great Deal of Patience. Now, I don’t know if that title fits, because it also features other characters– though there is plenty of Patience. So, I may call it Cool Patience, or one of several other titles I have ready. For that matter, now I kind of like Plenty of Patience! The story involves a split between two groups of Daffodils and how they believe humans should best be served. This will be the first full-length Robot Wife novel. The outline is for an 80,000 word novel. That’s just shorter than The Price of Magic or about two and a half times the size of His Robot Girlfriend: Charity.
Finally, right after I finished The Price of Magic, I sat down and wrote a very detailed outline for Senta and the Steel Dragon Book 8. I’m more excited about this than any Senta book since The Voyage of the Minotaur. I really kind of want to jump in, but I’m holding myself back a bit, because I feel like I need something different first. The plot involves what happens to Port Dechantagne and all its citizens when Senta just disappears… for a looooong time. The answer is A Plague of Wizards.