Generally, on the Friday following a book release, I talk about what’s coming next.
This is both easy and hard because on one hand I know exactly what I’m working on but I’m not sure when I’ll have them completed. First I’ll tell you why, and then I’ll tell you about the cool projects I’m working on.
This is the why. I’ve gone through a long period of writers block that’s severely shaken my confidence. I couldn’t seem to make myself make any progress at all. Many reasons behind it, but I was pretty despairing for a long time. Will I ever write again? Should I just give up? This is fodder for a longer post, but suffice it to say I’m once again facing the blank page—and actually writing.
To get myself back into my writing, I’ve been working on a middle grade chapter book called The Adventures of Opal the Hounddog. So much fun! My daughter was very distressed when she found out I killed the dog in Earth’s Imagined Corners. I told her I hadn’t actually killed her ~ she just disappears in a flood. My daughter then insisted I resurrect Opal and that she live a long and happy life. And so that’s what I’m doing, and it’s a blast. Opal swims out of the flood, gets attacked by a bear, befriends an elephant, and then joins the circus. I’m also going to do some illustrations.
I’ve also started working on a book of essays called Stand In Your Truth. These are very much for me at this point. I feel like I have to write these in order to break myself out of the depths of whatever it is I’ve been in. They most likely will never see the light of publication.
Once I get through with Opal, which shouldn’t be but a week or two, I’ll get back to writing my young adult series called Wyoming Chronicles. It’s British classics set in contemporary Wyoming, with a girls' and a boys' version. The first girls’ book is Pride set in Jackson Hole, which is based on Pride and Prejudice. The first boys’ book is Moreau set in the Hole in the Wall, which is based on The Island of Dr. Moreau. This is so much fun to write! Young adult rocks.
Then I also have the sequel to Earth’s Imagined Corners coming up. It’s called Numberless Infinities, and it follows Sara and James out across the Nebraska prairies supplying ties for the railroad and ends at the Massacre at Wounded Knee. It won’t be ready for the next January publication, as originally predicted, but what you going to do? Keep plugging away.
And then I’m also working on my photography projects, and I might put together a photo book. I also have been doing some artwork and would love to illustrate the two children’s books I’ve written ~ A Blush, a Giggle, a Smack and ZoLilly and the Feeling of Impending Doom.
I’ve always been one to have way more ideas than I could possibly follow through on!