Cry havoc, and let slip the plotbunnies of war! Today I wrote the first 660 words of Scourge of the Snow Queen! (Title may change between now and 2011.)
I had hoped to post a celebratory snippet. Unfortunately, anything from today’s writing would completely spoil the ending of The Mermaid’s Madness [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy]. Stupid ongoing plot threads.
This is the first book in the series where I feel like I need a prologue, or at least some sort of “Previously on the Princess Action show…” introduction. I did that sort of thing in the goblin books and had fun with it, but I’d really rather not do it again here.
Ideally, I want brand new readers to be able to pick up the book and dive into the story just as easily as those who have read the first three books. That means no introductory crap that will bore new and old readers alike. Just start the story and give the background details as they become necessary.
Whereas the first three books have their own storylines, this one relies more heavily on what came before. It’s a new challenge, one which I’d like to say I look forward to conquering, but to be honest, right now it’s a pain in the ass.
Fortunately, I’ve got 13 months and change to figure it out 🙂 For now, I’m just enjoying that new-story smell and looking forward to everything I get to play with in this one.