Based on the recommendation of my mentor, I started work on what I planned to be the next book in the Wildlands series. My mentor felt as though my current ending to Accept Fire and Blood is not really a successful ending at all. A lot of the issues that she brought up are ones that I intended to deal with in the later books in the series. I do understand where she’s coming from when she says the first book doesn’t really have a solid ending, so I’m thinking that I can just use the first couple chapters of the next book as the ending for this book. I’m not really sure what that’s going to do for the overall theme and plot arch that I have plotted out for the next book, but we’ll see.
The next residency for my MA at Seton Hill University is coming up in a couple weeks. I was pretty disappointed to find out that one of the classes that I wanted to take wasn’t actually going to be offered. I originally signed up for Getting the Science Right In Your Science Fiction, but I guess there weren’t enough people so I had to pick another class. I’m sure whatever class I take will be educational and possibly entertaining as well, so I’m not too worried about it, but I think that class would have been good for me, considering all the futuristic technology that I need to incorporate into the revision process.
I’m not really sure if it’s a good thing that I’m working on revising the first few chapters at the same time as writing new chapters at the end. I don’t think it will be too much of a problem, but I can see how it might make things complicated with the ideas that I’ll have at the end and having to redo the beginning *again*. Right now, I have at least 5 versions of the first chapter, and I continue to revise. Do I really think I’ll be ready to attempt to sell this book in the next six months?