I have a four-day weekend coming up. I plan on using that time to finally do the Big F7, the Word spellcheck to catch glaring errors, and begin my final read of Brown River Blues before I start recruiting friends to give me feedback while I craft a query letter and research agents.
I already have ideas for a sequel floating around in my head.
It’s extremely preliminary: What I do know is that it is set in 2012; Imperial City’s newspaper had a round of layoffs before being purchased by the company I currently work for; and the only returning characters are Scott and Sydney Smith, the old men at what I’ve renamed Wilson’s Store and three of the five reporters in the Imperial City newsroom. I’ll have a fleeting reference to Lorenzo that doesn’t affect my “agreement” to not write about his life beyond 2007. I have the beginning of the plot, but if I stick to it, I’m going to have to ask one of my friends to share some details about her life and/or point me to some research. The topic isn’t far out of my wheelhouse, but I don’t want to offend anyone in similar situations.
I’m hoping to have that worked out before I start writing, unlike Brown River Blues. Part of the reason it took so long was because I started plugging away at it without knowing where it was going to end up. When I figured out the plot I had to go back and insert some things and also take a fresh look at the hints of the plot I left myself in the text as I was working it out.
If anything, this could be another story for the 792 collection. I know I don’t have enough for a full novel right now.
But I need to close out Brown River Blues before I do anything else. I’ll live closer to my job in a few months and I hope to have more traditional work hours by then, so I hope I have free time again to really focus on this again.