It’s really unbelievable. The way things work out is also fantastic. Almost 2 years ago, I was taking all of these English classes. It was a very busy spring semester, but very fun. I was planning on writing a murder mystery (involving a serial killer, of course, because they’re the most fun). I had all of this preliminary research done, and I was super excited to write it, but it never really happened.
A few months later, I started writing The Return To Love instead. My (completely unrealistic) goal is to have all of my school papers and TRTL finished by Halloween so that I could spend November doing NaNo with a clear conscience. I was driving out to talk to Roger, and all of a sudden on 24 somewhere between Riverhead and Hampton Bays, I had this brilliant flash. If I could do NaNo, I would finally write that book that I’d started planning!
And, now I’m all set to start writing when TRTL is finished. I’m so freaking excited, I can’t stand it. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s a complete change of gears. It’s refreshing and exciting. I haven’t been involved with a large-scale creative piece since I started writing Symilia. Fresh material (and lots of it) makes me squee with glee. That’s right, I am positively giddy.
Cherry Loves Murder has me more energized than I’ve felt in a long time. Not just about writing. About everything. CLM should be the creative breath of fresh air I need before I can write any kind of follow up/sequel to TRTL… Another A Greater Story! (<— not the next title.) My life is so rich.