So, if you’ve done any poking around my site since yesterday, you might have noticed I’ve taken down all references to Riven. This was SUPPOSED to be the third novella in my planned Mirus omnibus, Genesis. I had thought I could salvage a big chunk of something I wrote on it last year (a 20k chunk) and come up with something workable for another release this fall since Red took so much longer than planned. I believed in it enough that I got gorgeous cover art from my darling Robin. Wrote a blurb. Made a Goodreads listing. And the story’s not a bad concept, but I’m just not connecting with the characters. At all.
There are way too many stories waiting to be told for me to continue beating my head against a wall with a novella I’m just not feeling. So I am making the executive decision to table Riven. I don’t know if it’s for good or just for the foreseeable future. I’m keeping the gorgeous cover art, which will, hopefully, someday fit another Mirus novel (maybe with a title change) because, OOO PRETTY. And I do like the characters, so they may pop back up eventually.
So now what?
Well, I’m still gonna do an omnibus. It’ll be somewhat shorter than I’d originally planned, but 68k is not an unreasonable length for a POD print edition, which I know at least a handful of people have been waiting for. It won’t be anything new or exciting for existing Mirus fans, as it will just include the already released Forsaken By Shadow, Devil’s Eye, and Blindsight. But it will provide a collection I can sell at a bit of a discount for new fans just finding me. So I’ll be moving forward with the formatting of that for both e and print.
And of course, moving forward with blog tour stuff for Red.
So what the heck does that mean I’m gonna be writing? I wish I knew. I know there are a lot of people who want me to dive right into Revelation because they want to know what happens with Isla and Ransom. It’s certainly under consideration as a possible project. It just depends on who takes up residence in my brain. I’m not a believer in waiting around for inspiration to write–except at the beginning. I have to have that passionate obsession out of the gate or I wind up with flat characters and a lot of blah that doesn’t make me happy OR productive.
So…yeah, that’s my ROW80 update, reporting the status and not exactly setting more goals.