Okay, so after some false starts and dead-end ideas, I’m almost 100% decided what the next story will be.
I’ve had a series of scenes in my head that I’ve wanted to work into the series, but never really had a place for. I’ve figured out a pretty solid way to make use of them and it comes in the format of this story, What Danny Did. It will be a stand alone novella, like The Death Game, and it will be structured in a similar way. To be honesty, I haven’t been 100% happy with the Danny books so far. Not because I think they aren’t written well or because I don’t like her story or character, I just feel like the beginning of her story is a fairly disturbing, sad experience, and a lot of it is her being confused and upset about all the terrible things that are happening. That’s one of the downsides of this serialized format. It’s not that it’s a bad story, it’s just that when I chop it up, the first couple are kind of depressing and stressful.
I recognize it’s probably not a great idea to talk shit about my stories, and honestly, I’m not even really complaining. My frustration isn’t that the stories aren’t good, it’s that I’m anxious to get to the part I’m more excited for. The beginning part has to be told, because it’s important, but I’m more enthusiastic about other parts of her story. Which is why this What Danny Did story is going to be fun.
There’s tons of good stuff in the first two Danny stories, and they’re some pretty important story elements in there. I recommend them as much as any of other stories. Perhaps maybe not as a starting point though.
First, before I can start, I have to finish my reread and editing. I’m doing a big once over on the whole series so far, fixing some grammar mistakes and implementing some proofreading. I’m tweaking a few lines here and there, just because I can. It’s something I’ve needed to do for a while, and something I’ve intended on doing ever since I went back to Amazon exclusive. I’m almost done with that. Then I start writing again.