Production journal entry July 2, 2015: “Imagine the most horrible thing…”

It’s been a while since I felt like a writer.

I completed several drafts of my would-be second novel, Inventing Vazquez, but some insightful thoughts from my editor made me realize that the novel, while fine, could be so much better. So off it went into full rewrite.

Then I switched gears and thought of producing a mini-novel, Space Churros, with the idea that completing a draft would give me the momentum to pursue larger projects. But like all my so-called mini-projects, Space Churros proved too big, too complex, and too convoluted to fit into novella form, so I decided to shelve that project too.

And then, I revisited the 100 pages of early-draft material for another project: Equinox.

I always knew when I finished Solstice that it would have a sequel, and that it would be titled Equinox. I suspected (and now know for a fact) that the entire story will be a trilogy. Yes, a trilogy! But for the longest time, I just relegated Equinox to the back burner, figuring I needed to do something more lighthearted and socio-political like Inventing Vazquez before I branded myself as a hopelessly depressing speculative fiction author.

But a few things happened to push Equinox to the front of the queue. For one, the news from Group Six Films that Solstice had been optioned was reason enough for me to get excited about the story arc. But that was just it: there was a story arc, and a really good one, I thought. The end of Solstice left open so many character possibilities, and so many story lines to pursue.

After reading some early draft material for Equinox, I spoke to my editor and made the decision: Equinox, not Inventing Vazquez, would be my next novel.

Two months into writing it, I’m really excited about Equinox. So excited, I wish I could share details and even a synopsis. But it’s too soon. Plus, I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who may be wondering just how Solstice could even have a sequel.

Still, when you consider the ending to that book, you know there are possibilities. Some very dark possibilities, in particular. One of the quotes that’s emerged from the early draft materials sums up the tone of the book rather nicely:

“Imagine the most horrible thing you can, and I’ll write it true for you.”

I started this production journal to not only keep you informed of the novel’s progress, but to keep myself accountable to its production. It worked for me back in the days of Solstice, and I know it’ll work again this time. The only difference being that, this time around, I feel I’ve learned and grown as a writer to produce a much better story.

Hopefully you’ll be reading it in late 2016!


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