Very early February, granted.
I have finished Shards of Glass and have submitted it to my editor at Mira, which means it’s not technically finished until revisions have been requested and completed. This gives me a needed mental break from a book that was almost two weeks late, so I can return to it with a less panicked and more objective frame of mind.
When I say “more objective” this is on the scale of writer neurosis, so keep that in mind :).
While I wait on editorial input for two books, I have started the ramp up to writing two books; I have more of a head start on the West novel, but will take at least a week to reread all of Sun Sword and make notes.
I tend, in real life, to forget small details. Sadly, I do this with novels as well. I remember the characters, their core, their motivations. I forget things like: eye color (again), and also the significance of small details: like, say, the sun ascendent versus the sun rising. It’s clothing, right? T_T
I have a minor allergy to reading while making notes, but I of course need to do this; I need to sink back into the mindset of the culture in the Dominion.
On the Cast side of the fence, the CAST books are the easiest books to start, for me. I think I’ve had two false starts in the entire series.
But while I can work on West book 2 (which as of yet has no title), and put it aside when revisions come in for Hunter’s Redoubt, I can do it because the entire series is, in some ways, all of one thing for me. It doesn’t take me out of the book to have to set the new words aside for the older words.
I have more of a problem with the CAST book because Shards of Glass is, while adjacent, different in tone and feel. So I will think about and plan (which is only useful 33% of the time) the next novel, but probably won’t start writing it until after I’ve finished revisions on the new book.
Other than that, while I still sound congested when I speak, I am mostly over the cold that derailed writing for four days. Everyone here is healthy.
I hope your new year so far is, if not delightful, not disastrous :)