I was planning on writing a bunch of Monday Musings for today, but I just drove nearly 24 hours in two days to get from the Gulf Coast to Minnesota. Oof. I don’t need to do another road trip for a while. Traveling by car isn’t exactly easy with four children, two of which are twin toddler boys. We made it though, and we are happy to be home.
Because I’m short on time I thought I would make a post about a decision I made recently about the release of The Greenland Diaries: Days 201 – 250. Instead of waiting a year between the book I just released (The Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200) I will be writing and releasing the fourth book in the series this fall in October. I didn’t originally want to do this, mostly because it is a TON of work. Plus, I’m releasing my final self-published short story collection here in the next few months. However, because of the popularity of the story and how much I enjoy writing it, I’ve decided to release it early.
I do know how the story ends. I also have a rough outline of the next book. I will start writing it in May. It will take me two months to finish it, then I will do edits, then send it to my beta readers, then do more edits. October seems like the likeliest time to have it done by. Plus, I like to release it closer to Halloween, for obvious reasons. After the fourth book in the series, I will for certain be taking a year break before book five. In that time period I plan to release a second Greenland Diaries short story anthology, plus I’m kicking around the idea of creating an Role Playing Game for the book series as well.
I always write the new book in this series during the summer. Just like the setting in the actually story, the hot air and humidity sort of triggers the right sensory details for me. I also drive to the library in Robbinsdale where I used to live and where the first book is based. Being in that neighborhood again relaxes me when it comes to this story. As a writer, you think up all sorts of tricks to coex out your creativity.
So, there you have it. The new Greenland Diaries book will be out in Fall 2018 and not Fall 2019 like I had originally planned. I sort of hate myself a little bit by trying to release two books in just eight months, but when you need to write and get work out there, well, you just go with that passion.
Thank you everyone for reading and have a great week!