d. i. richardson
Update: September 2020
Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Oh. Here we are, another update post. Oh, boy. What have I been up to this month? Literally the same thing as every other month, which doesn't say much.
The Ones Who Went and Never Came Back
The editing process is beginning in earnest now! Trying to have this novel completely ready to publish whenever I find it feasible to do so (likely in January 2021)! I'm excited to share this one as it's my first book outside of my "normal" genre, so it holds a special place. It's a long work at 110,000 or so words right now.
This novel follows Danielle as she gets dropped into a forest as a firewatch and immediately becomes involved in a game of survival with a cult and it's horrendous members, all while trying to unravel the mystery of what happened to Michael Roberts, a firewatch from years earlier who had gone missing in the same area Danielle now patrols.
So I finished the first go of this book at 155k words and in only 2.5 months. It follows a group of three friends, mainly Erica and Maggie, as they begin a band and try to navigate life and general drama. Should be out by May 2021. Hopefully.
It's, uh, pretty good for what I wanted told. Being in Erica's head for 155k words in a row was an experience. She's an interesting character. I loved writing her drama-centred life.
Poetry Book for Little Midnight
I've settled on this collection having 75 poems. I figured that's a nice, rounded number that makes it big enough to be a collection. I didn't want just 25 poems as a chapbook. I wanted a bigger picture to paint here. The same trigger warnings for Little Midnight apply to this poetry book (substance abuse, self-harm, eating disorders, and suicide).
New Project News
Not quite ready to share names or covers, but I will share genres and general pre-planning notes about my next few planned projects (posting about them means I gotta write them and not abandon the ideas, lol).
Also, these are not final. And they're subject to change.
As well, I've included at least the year I hope to have them out by.
Dark Fantasy (2021)
Silent Hill x Alice in Wonderland
Urban exploring best friends take a wrong turn and find themselves trapped in a world where nothing is right. When the fog settles in, reality alters. The duo will have to fight and claw to find their reality.
As of this post, I have begun working on this novel and would like to invite you to take a trip and have a stay in the town of Lostvale, the primary setting of this novel.
(Also, I'm not gonna say it will, but it might end up being a duology or trilogy. Let's see where the story takes us first.)
Post-Apocalypse Thriller (2022)
partially inspired by The Last of Us
Being out on night watch is bad enough, but for this pair of friends, it's exceptionally tough when they are then sent on a nighttime rescue mission deep into infected territory. Flesh-eating post-humans are not the only thing in the darkness of the forest.
Also, there will be a dog.
YA Fantasy (2022)
SOMA x Alice Madness Returns
Set deep below the waves of the ocean, the world is not as it seems. Alice, a young daughter of a lighthouse keeper, must find her way through a new, strange world.
Word Goal: 45,000 words.
Writing Total from August: 61,215 words.
Next Month's Word Goal: 45,000 words.
See you next time.
Have a good wander, friend.