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Update: August 2020

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

Oh, yes, the time has come again to write an update. My least favourite time of the month because now I have to hold myself accountable for progress or lack thereof as well as updating both new and old projects.

In July, I went back to work and my schooling started up again, so I thought I wouldn't be able to keep writing at a good pace. Boy, was I wrong. I crushed this month's word goal of 50,000.

The Ones Who Went and Never Came Back

It was on pace for a Fall 2020 release date, but I found out this past month that KDP is having some issues with Canadian authors. You can find more updates about my COVID issues in this blog post I wrote to keep track of the updates. It looks more plausible to push it back until late fall 2020 right now, so perhaps November, rather than the original September release.

Little Midnight

So the last update, I wasn't sure if this book would be one single book, but it's gonna be two. Two physical books, that is. It's quite longer than I thought it would be, but I set out for this book to be a more in-depth, about-life sort of book, so this is what I wanted and had hoped for when I started the project.

The first half of the book focuses a lot of Maggie and Erica (as well as Adam and Jonah), whereas the second half begins to focus more on Jonah and how Erica deals with the world around her. In the end of Part I, the band begins to really make some progress in the local scene. It's a good place to end the first part because of the relationship dynamics between Adam, Erica, and Jonah will begin to clash inside Erica as she struggles with her own demons.

In the second half, much more has to come to light, including things that characters are dealing with and actions characters have taken. There will be a lot of drama as everything seems poised to fall and collapse around the group of friends and bandmates as their own problems surface and demand to be dealt with.

Poetry Book for Little Midnight

I've decided I want to come out with a poetry collection to tie into Little Midnight. The poems are written by a character in the book, Maggie Matthews. The collection would be titled the unpublished poetry of maggie matthews and published in book by her friend Erica and in real life under the pen name J. Hudson.

I want to pursue this project because I think it'll had a bit more emotional depth and complexity to the novel as a whole as well. Both work as standalone projects, but together, they coalesce into a coherent story. More news will come for this as I work on the project. So far, I only have a few dozen poems written. Probably safe to say that I'm not publishing this collection nor Little Midnight until both projects are complete.

This could also end up being the first title published properly under J. Hudson, which brings me to my next update...

Other Project News

Other projects? Yes. I've got some new stuff in the works. I'm in the initial planning stages of horror fantasy novel, a dystopian thriller novel, YA fantasy novels and a collection of poetry. To top it all off, I'm still pre-planning a cyberpunk series and a high fantasy/grimdark novel series. Basically, I have a lot of stuff to look forward to after The Ones Who Went and Little Midnight.

I'll talk more about these projects as I begin working on the fleshed-out plots and when I actually start writing them. Until then, enjoy the idea.

Plus, I might be starting to work with other authors on a project or two. We'll have to see. Hopefully, this stokes the fires of your excitement a little bit.

Word Goal: 50,000 words.

Writing Total from July: 67,198 words.

Next Month's Word Goal: 45,000 words.

See you next time.

Have a good wander, friend.

— d.i.richardson

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