Shifting gears.

It wasn’t part of my long term plans, but I’m going to take a kind of break. This doesn’t mean I’m not writing, It just means I won’t be drafting new stories right now.

This morning I finished the draft for The Ballad of Mrs. Molony. I’m debating a couple more paragraphs, but don’t know if they’re necessary.

This story involves Lizzie and the hat in pursuit of a pair of rodeo cowboys. These guys are now members of the undead. This allows the band, Lizzie and the Pythons, to explore country music as part of catching the bad guys. Made for some cool outfits and hat styles, too.

Lizzie has a small melt-down over the music. At the end she returns to more familiar ground. I could add a couple of paragraphs to show how they weave in some country songs without compromising what they like. Or I could leave it out.

I’m calling it finished, regardless of what I decide. I need to work up some blog ideas for the books, work with my cover artist, decide if I’m spending any promo money, but I doubt it. Think about formatting. Oh yeah, I’m going to need some of those silly graphics to put in Mrs. Molony so as to keep with the theme.

I’m going to be storyboarding, too. The final Lanternfish is going to require a storyboard. I have two novels full of information that I have to stay faithful to. There are a bunch of loose ideas for the finale. A board helps me mold all that into a decent story.

I think next year’s Hat story could benefit from a storyboard, too. I want this one to be more grim with an undertone of sadness, while still keeping the humor going. Not an easy task. It’s my intention to break Lizzie mentally toward the end of the next one. That will lead into another one that has a lot going on including a revisit with the witching community.

Aside from that, I have some stand alone novels that are already in the early phases of storyboards. I should probably hold off on these until Lanternfish is complete.

There’s also reading. I haven’t taken a serious reading break for a long time and there is a lot I want to catch up on. I also have a bit of a blog makeover in mind.

Honestly, if I can get Lanternfish out this summer, then Mrs. Molony for the Halloween season, I will have met my yearly goals. If I don’t write another word this year, I’m in pretty good shape.

Just because I’m not working on a draft does not mean I’m not working. We’re going camping this weekend. I’ll probably do some reading while I’m up there.

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42 responses to “Shifting gears.

  1. Sounds like a good plan and I hope you meet your goals. Enjoy the camping weekend. That always comes with fun stories for those of us here. 😀

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  2. Good for you! Onward and upward, my friend! ❤️

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  3. Man I admire your vision and dedication to your goals. I’m so wishy washy when it comes to goals. Yeah, I’d love to finish my current WIP this year and while it’s being edited etc start on my next one. Whether it’ll happen….?
    Send me some of your dedication would you?
    Have fun camping!

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  4. Sounds like you’ll be doing plenty of work, even if you don’t write a word. Your storyboarding still fascinates me. And enjoy your weekend!

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  5. You have been very prolific, Craig. I would think a break is in order to recharge your batteries. An it is summer time now so a good time to slow down and enjoy other things in life. I was mentally exhausted when I finished A ghost and his gold a few weeks ago. I thought maybe I was done and wouldn’t write again. Yesterday I had an idea for a new story and have started writing…

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  6. D.L. Finn, Author

    Congrats on all your accomplishments:)

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  7. After the first half of the year and all that came with it, I think we all need to take a break. I know I do!

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  8. As much as we sometimes wish we could just write, if we want our work to be published, there are parts we have to do as authors that don’t involve actual writing. Sounds like you’ve reached a point where those need to be the priority for a while.

    Enjoy the camping trip.

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  9. The writer’s brain is always working, even when the writer isn’t writing. Congratulations on all you accomplished and good luck with the storyboard and your release calendar.

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    • I always take luck, thanks. I haven’t done this for a couple of years and it feels like time.

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      • I get that. My to-do list is ever-growing, so I never get to the stuff at the bottom (the stuff I keep adding is almost always a priority). I’d love to take a beat. I’d love to redo my website. I’d love to outline and research some stories to write as me instead of my pen name. I’m settling for getting through each day. Good for you for making the time for what you want and need to do.

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      • It’s unusual for me to do this, but it has happened. Why kill myself to write another story when I have two to launch? A slower pace might help me do it correctly.

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      • Not sure “correctly” is the right word. You haven’t written “wrong” that I know of. But I see your point(s).

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  10. Congrats on finishing the first draft. I agree with Staci, a writer’s brain is always working. Have fun on your camping trip and enjoy some reading time. Been trying to do more of that myself.

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  11. Sounds like a good plan to me, Craig. Catch up on your reading and have fun camping this weekend!

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  12. As always, I’m blown away by how much you do, Craig, and your ability to keep so many different plot lines marinating in your brain at once. It is absolutely all I can do to think about one story at a time. I think a break of some sort is surely warranted, and camping sounds fantastic. Wish it were doable down here this time of year, but it’s way too hot. It would be a good way to get out of the house without coming into close contact with anyone else. We’ve sort of gotten away from those long treks deep into the woods to set up camp in recent years, but I swear, if I thought my old bones could survive sleeping on the ground one more time, I’d consider it.

    Whatever you do, have fun, and I hope you enjoy some quality reading time. I think you’ve earned it. 🙂

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  13. I had to laugh out loud at your description of “taking a break,” Craig. 🙂 You are busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. I can’t wait for the new Lizzie and the Hat book, especially since they are taking a side trip into Country music. 🙂 Enjoy your camping trip and disconnect!

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  14. You have accomplished plenty. I know that even if you aren’t writing, you will be working behind the scenes for the upcoming releases, on your reading, and on your blog. Kuddos to you.

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