Writer’s Craft #106 End of an Era
Your host, Lynda Williams, is the author of the Okal Rel Saga (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing) and editor of the Okal Rel Legacies series (Absolute Xpress). She also works as Learning Technology Manager for Simon Fraser University and teaches an introductory web development course at BCIT. For a list of Okal Rel titles see: Lynda Williams on Amazon.com.
I’m going to finish my ten novel series, the Okal Rel Saga, in 2013. Book 8 is available. And I’ve just seen the cover proof of Book 9 from publisher Brian Hades of Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. I’m half-way through the first draft of Book 10 with plans to complete it on a holiday writer’s retreat in Prince George, B.C. this February, with high hopes for enjoying the unspeakable delight of being able to read each new installment aloud to my daughters Angela and Tegan and any friends game to sit in.
On the promotion front, I’m ramping up activity on Reality Skimming, with the support of a cool team of seven and the magic of David K. Juniper’s genius for turning WordPress into something more than WordPress. We are engaging with dozens of others contributors. Including you! And we’re connected for social media (e.g. twitter and facebook).
After a lifetime of obsessive preoccupation with the Okal Rel Universe – the ten-novel series will be out of my head and available, in its entirety, to preoccupy other people. For someone who has spent decades layering adult perspectives and modern preoccupations over a scaffolding of childhood mythologies (e.g. “prince raised as pauper” is just one of many knitted up into the ORU), this is a huge deal. Unlike many modern authors driven by fierce market pressures, for example, I have always known since book one what was going to happen in book 10, and have worked hard to make all ten books one single story while keeping each as complete and satisfying as possible, within itself.
So yay, me.
But what then? I’ve given myself all of 2013 to think about it and decide.
How about you? What’s your goal for 2013? And how do you handle the ending of an era in your own work?