So, despite starting Halls of Power on Monday, I’d been having a hard time writing it. I’ll admit that part of it has been my wife being out of work. That’s stressful, and her being in the same room… well, let’s just say that there’s a reason why I tended to get most of my writing done during the week. Any distractions can shut me down. But even that wasn’t explaining all of it. That’s when I realized what the problem was.
When I started Spells of Old, I had written up about a 2 page outline of what I wanted to happen, in approximately what order. I didn’t do that for Halls of Power. This meant that I was somewhat floundering about in the beginning, and that isn’t good. So today I wrote up an outline for Halls of Power. Hopefully it’ll help me get in the mood, but I’m probably going to pause on writing for a couple of days to let things settle down. Also, due to the fact there’s going to be a war in Halls of Power, it isn’t going to be quite as focused on Phynis and Sistina as I’d prefer. Just a bit of warning there.
In other news, the audiobook of Ancient Ruins has finished the first quality control pass and once corrections have been made, they’ll enter post-production. I can’t be certain, but it very well may come out at about the same time as Spells of Old. Even better, the producer is also interested in doing an audiobook for Spells of Old, so I’ll likely get that started before actual release! This should speed up how quickly it comes out after the book this time around.