By Balloon to the Sahara
I’m off on another adventure! No, it’s not a balloon ride to the Sahara, it’s even better—a new writing project! Exploring worlds, meeting new characters, unlocking new corners of the imagination. Just another day in the life of a writer. I thought I’d rattle off a few words as I embark, leaving a few paper breadcrumbs to let you know which direction I’m headed.
But first, since it’s been over a month since I’ve sent out one of these new-fangled newsletter thingy-ma-bobs, let’s take a quick look back at the summer thus far.
Wherever you go, there you are
In June and July I hit the road, launching out to parts various and sundry. I shared a few details from my vacation adventures in this post and this one for those of you who might have missed them. If you’re not up for all the juicy details suffice it to say that fun was had, batteries were recharged, and fresh air wafted into sails.
In the midst of my travels I took part in the greatest awards ceremony since ever, The Silmarillion Awards! These online awards honored the characters in fantasy literature rather than the authors or books themselves (though I know if one of my characters had won one, I would certainly have been honored). We gave away ten virtual silmarils in ten different categories on ten different blogs. It was quite a feat and it would not have happened without my co-conspiritor Jenelle Schmidt and a whole passle of other wonderful writers. A big “thank you” to everyone who participated!
The awards ceremony capped off with a Tolkienpalooza of posts honoring the original publication of Lord of the Rings on July 29th. My own contribution was an article featuring 10 Amazing Facts About the Lord of the Rings. Read it, you might learn a thing or two.
The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind
So where am I headed off to now? Well, I’m off on a journey of literary proportions. Starting a new writing project is one of the best things about being an author. All is promise and potential, hope and helium. World-building is one of the things I absolutely relish. I believe I come by the trait naturally. Adam had a penchant for naming things if you’ll recall. Quite the creative fellow when you think about it. Characters must be christened, lands carved out, histories invented. Can you smell the creative juices drifting through the air? It’s like playing make believe back in the romper room again. Imagine anything and—poof—it just pops into existence.
The new project is intended to be a series. The code name for this one is the Super Secret Series. I won’t say too much about it just now other than that it involves a younger set of characters. In fact, this one is really meant to be for my children. My first series was a bit heady and I’d like this one to be a little more accessible. I’m going to be shooting for shorter books, too, somewhere in the 200-250 page range or so. That’s the plan anyway. We’ll see if I can rein in my unruly pen.
The last two things I’ll say about it is that it’s going to be a fantasy series and that there will be weapons. Lots of weapons. Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered, and all that sort of thing.
As always, my goal with this project will be to bring glory to the True Creator, to shine a light on the good, the true, and the beautiful, to build a home suitable for the imagination, to craft a story that will leave you better for having sojourned within its pages. And that, my friends, is a journey worth taking.
P.S. Bonus points to anyone who knows where the title of this post comes from!