Well, it's done. 82,000 words later and my first jaunt into the Forest of Fern is wrapped and sacked up for safekeeping. It was a neat experience - popping over into the world of young adult fantasy fiction. There's a lot going on over there. I make up whatever I want. Histories, civilizations ... as long as there's some sort of backstory I can have my little guys say and do whatever I care for them to say and do. Oh the freedom! It wasn't an easy project. I had to plan out my world. The cities, the towns, the rivers, the mountains. How does it all connect and why? Answering the why was the challenge, an adjustment from the impulsivity that skips hand-in-hand with my caffeine addictions. I found that many of my original plans flew asunder as the story progressed. What was outlined came not to pass. Whatever. I'm happy where it landed.
So, let me say two things. One - thank you for allowing me to discontinue the 1,000 word / day serial. As Keys to Freeze ramped into its boiling froth I found the substance of my words lacking. Getting this coming trip reined in gave me the space to build, cultivate, and enjoy a sustained creative explosion to finish this first book of the Lost Woods Trilogy. Two - The Den of Bears will be available in its entirety before I leave on Keys to Freeze. Look for it on this website around Thursday, February 19th. It will not be a perfect edit but hopefully you'll find it worth the read. And if you don't? Well, so be it. I enjoyed the journey of the Seven and at the end of this rainy Monday that's all that really matters to me.
Till next Thursday? My first article with the online publication Bikepackers Magazine will be coming out on Tuesday, February 10th. Give it a look.