Godzilla has grossed nearly $200 million globally on its opening weekend. With numbers like that rolling in it’s no surprise that Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are already talking a sequel. Godzilla has opened number two, so far this year at the box office. There is already a Facebook page for the sequel, it appears that Gareth Edwards will be directing it, yay! Also the first tentative title is Godzilla II: Monster Island. Oh yeah. This is going to be good.
I’m posting a bit late today, gentle reader, because I’ve been working very hard on the full outline for War In Flesh. I must say I am very excited about it. I have created the main antagonist, I have settled on the technology involved and I now am working on a particular plague and a few other things the poor denizens of my world will face. I’m bringing back all the main characters from In The Flesh and I’m going to add a few more, yet to be determined. I’ve got the main outline done for the first 2/3’s of the book. I will finish up the outline tonight or tomorrow and go back to writing. This is where the fun begins, the ideas, the creativity. I’ve got to add the character development and growth I want to the outline but I don’t want to put that in a timeline. Oftentimes, I find, that character growth works best if it is more “organic” than the outline allows for. So I usually add notes as to where I want to go with a particular character and then keep it in the back of my mind as I create the manuscript. That way the growth happens in the place where it most logically fits rather than being forced into the story.
The outline is still in a bit of flux in my mind so some things may change before I finalize it. This is good. I have a lot of ideas, I want to use only the best of them for this book. K.
Well, gentle reader, I had to take a few days off from writing and blogging but I’m back and ready to get busy. I’ve already started the first chapter of the sequel to In The Flesh, the working title being War In Flesh. The outline is not quite done yet but I had some great ideas about the first chapter and I wanted to get them written down before I got distracted and forgot. The second book in the Children of Flesh trilogy will include more exciting adventures, danger and I plan to get the romance I hinted at in the first book moving along.
I’m on Goodreads, though it’s taking me a bit of time to get everything set up for an author account. Also, I must confess, it is difficult for me to get into conversations. I hate to post if I don’t have anything meaningful to add to a thread and so often by the time I find a good one someone else has said what I thought of. I’m sure you understand how that works. In the next few days I’ll start an author discussion thread for In The Flesh so hopefully that will help everyone who is interested find me.
As always I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve written. K.
I’ve received feedback from two other beta readers. One said, and I quote (with permission): Oh for crap sake!!! You BETTER be working on a SEQUEL!!
Also from what I’m hearing I’m moving otherwise gentle souls to cussing when people hit the end of the book. And yet, when I ask if I should extend or change the ending they universally tell me to leave it as it is. Just get to work on that sequel. Which is funny because I planned that ending from day 1 and I never planned a sequel.
I only just started seriously thinking about a sequel in the past couple of weeks when I started having ideas for one. I don’t much care for planned trilogies because all too often they have one idea and artificially stretch it out to encompass more books than the idea merits. I never want to be guilty of that.
The cover art is nearly complete and it’s fantastic. I showed it to one of my beta readers and she was completely blown away. She said it looked exactly like she imagined it. Plus it’s just beautiful. The artist I know is so talented. I can hardly wait until I’ve paid for it and can rightfully change out the header for this page to reflect the new artwork.
It is very exciting and emotional to see your vision come to life in the cover of a book. There is something very visceral about it. I put all of the work and sweat and a lot of myself into writing In The Flesh and to see someone else pour their talent into making an image from my story come to life is a wonderful experience.
I’ve been grinding through the last couple of chapters for In The Flesh because I’m trying to create a realistic landscape for the final major setting. This has taken a lot more time and research than I anticipated. I’m getting there with it though. I’ve come to the conclusion that these are just going to be long books. But I think they will be fun and have a lot of interesting scenes and action.
An exciting thing happened while I was trying to figure out how the landscape would look. I realized there were some characters whom I found interesting but weren’t living up to their potential. So I started kind of thinking about how to fix that in the background of my mind as I continued working on In The Flesh. As I was contemplating their stories an idea for a second book came to me. While I began In The Flesh fully intending it to be a single, self-contained narrative; I now have seeds for two more books in a series. A prequel detailing the important history that led up to In The Flesh and a sequel where some characters who did not get enough love in In The Flesh get a chance to shine in an exciting adventure of a second book. Also, and this is an exciting bit; I dreamed up an idea for a new ship for the third book.
Now this is all still in the very preliminary stages but it’s exciting and I’m looking forward to getting In The Flesh wrapped up and starting on the others. Yes, this is how ideas work. At least for me. They come in clusters, like delicious grapes. The real trick is to stick with one long enough to get it done. That’s where the discipline comes in.