I don’t know how long I sat there.
I think it was the silence that woke me up.
A few days after I made this rambling post about post-apocalyptic fiction, a story idea started emerging from the strange abyss I call my mind. I let it brew and stew and simmer for a while, letting it coalesce into something that might possibly be considered a coherent thought. Then I started writing things down.
I’ve got a 3-book series that wants to become a 4 or 5- book series, plus another series waiting in the wings. I’m 63k into the third book, 8k into a novella, and have a couple of stories outlined in that second series.— Bob Mueller – No, The Other One (@bobmueller) December 1, 2018
So sure, what the heck. Let’s plan out a serial novel!
Made perfect sense to me.
The main character introduced himself: Adam Ktokolwiek. He lives in east Texas, near Jasper. He’s twice-divorced, with three kids from the two marriages. He’s something of a writer, with a military background he’s been a little vague about so far.
I don’t know where the story’s going to go. Dean Wesley Smith has talked for a long time about Writing Into The Dark, and that’s pretty much what I’m doing here: following my characters where they lead me.
I’m now about nine chapters into After, and I think that’s enough to start posting. Chapters will go up every ten days two weeks, so right now I’ve got enough written to get us into August.
Keep an eye on this page for updates, or follow me on Twitter. Or both.
I set what I thought were very reasonable goals last year. Release Discoveries and finish In Plain Sight. Write 2 short stories, fifty blog posts and enter 3 contests. I also set word count goals for both fiction (100,000) and blogging (57,000). I was aiming for a grand total of just over 400,000 words this year, but I didn’t accomplish that. More about that total below.