After my minor melt down last week over the nonsensical work load I seem to have in store, I've calmed down a little and settled into sort of a routine. Daily word counts-- Yay! And a family who are being strangely co-operative about me spending hours on my computer. Naturally, I'm not working on what I should be working on, or rather, I'm only half working on my top priority, and I'm half working on something else that literally has me brimming with excitement.
So, the top priority: The secret project is finally underway. Yes, it's still secret. In fact, it's so secret, I haven't a clue what it's about. Okay, I know the general theme, but the tone of the story is completely different to how I originally envisaged it. Originally, it was lighthearted, sex intense and decidedly plot lite. Now-- there's still going to be plenty of the scorching stuff, but there's a darker theme emerging. Lyssa, the heroine of the story, is not who I thought she was. Nor is she nearly as in control of her situation as I originally planned. One of the characters who has knuckled his way into the story after starting out as a bit part is not the nice guy he seems to be.
I realize this might make it sound as if I know what's going on, but I really don't. The thing is, I'm writing it completely out of sequence, which means I keep making discoveries that change the tone in subtle ways.
As for the other project... The one that has me giddy with excitement... Let's just say that I've temporarily bypassed items 2 and 3 on the list below and skipped straight to 4. AGW3 or 6 depending on how you're counting it is on the agenda. The horses are tethered, and Vaughan is on the move again. I can't describe how excited it makes me feel to finally be properly piecing the bits of this story together from all the fragments I've collected over the years since Phantasmagoria's release. I'm beaming just thinking about it. Last night a re-read many of the pivotal scenes from A Gentleman's Wager and Phantasmagoria. Today, Vaughan and Lucerne have been having a chat about a few important issues. The scene it will eventually be is from a fair way into the story, but it's a pivotal point. I'm not sure yet how Vaughan's going to handle the repercussions. He seems a bit numbed at the moment.
Also, I think someone has their eye on Joshua.
In other news: I've had a short story accepted for inclusion in and anthology. Only Wednesday's We Play will appear in The Invitation. Keep and eye on the sidebar for details.