Ever have one of those days? Those days that seem to go by so. freaking. slow. you swear an hour has passed and even though the clock disagrees (two minutes since you last checked) you still swear that an hour has gone by?
I think time hates me. Or maybe it’s just clocks. I don’t rightly know but, I’m pretty sure one of the two has it out for me. It could be that I have less than 48 hours before my Irish vacation (the one that I’ve been anticipating for three months) coming up, or today just wasn’t my day.
Is there such a thing as “sleep working”? Not sleepwalking. I mean falling asleep while you’re walking. At work.
Anyway. I’m sure you’ve seen it. That little timer, that little countdown I had that screamed to the world “27 days to go!” until the first draft of Blood on the Quarter was due. Now it looks out sadly, “2 months to go!” its sign of shame.
And I told myself I would be so good about sticking to deadlines. Ah, well. Yes, I had to push my deadline back. It sucks, but I have a good reason for it. I’m pretty sure the reason I couldn’t write Blood on the Quarter the way I wanted too came down to a few reasons:
1. It’s the wrong title for the story I want to tell.
2. The story started too far back for the reader to invest any interest/understand what is going on.
3. Trying to tell too many stories at one time.
It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is. Honest. Basically, Blood on the Quarter is the “beginning” story. So to speak. It encompasses Thomas Reddington and Bertrand Lautrec and Lizzie; their story, the First World War, and the daughter that separated them. It’s not meant to be a “prequel” or “book one” by any stretch of the imagination. Rather, it’s its own story helping to set up this steampunk/dieselpunk world subsequent books (see: The Last Train, Unicorn and Red Riding II) are going to inhabit.
Now, the book that I’m writing now can be taken one of two ways. It can be looked at as a “sequel” considering that some of the characters are going to be seen again and it continues from what Blood on the Quarter builds on, or, it can be looked at as its own book. You don’t have to read Blood on the Quarter to understand the new story.
At least, that’s the plan.
It’s a tenuous one at best, but something I think I have to do for the story’s sake. Blood on the Quarter is Lizzie’s death, pure and simple. The “second” story; The Nightly-Edition, is the consequences of Blood on the Quarter, though each book can stand on its own. No need to read one before the other, the story can be picked up in whichever order the reader pleases.
Again, that’s the plan.
Hopefully it works.
Stay tuned to the blog for some changes and rearranges. Please bear with my madness while construction is underway.