Here’s hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was quiet but not as productive as Easter Sunday. My hopes for publication on this story, however, are rising. It’s just a matter of rectifying what I’ve had to add for the ending – story was complete; just not the best I had to offer – and what I’m rewriting then refining even more. It’s turning out beautifully. I’m very excited about this. I’m also ready for the revising and editing to be over so I can continue working on Frost Giants and prepare that for publication as well.
I know this isn’t ready by the middle of the month, like I’d wanted, but that’s okay. It’s just one set back. It isn’t like I have an agent or a major publishing house to back me at this time with any of my projects. Not saying I don’t want either one of them – today is today, and we have no idea what tomorrow will bring – but I’d rather test the waters first with the kinds of stories I want to read before worrying about writing something I think an editor at a publishing house would like to read. Original material is untested for me. I’d rather be sure through self-publishing before committing myself to a two or three year contract. It’s going to be more work in the long run, but it will also be worth it. This project (along with Dragon’s Rain and Frost Giants) is very important to me.
Speaking of projects, I’ve undertaken a reading one. Since delving into the Nordic mythology/religion for Frost Giants, I’ve had more ideas come to me. More ideas than what I’ll probably have time to write, but ideas are always good. At this point, I will never run out. One such story idea is a YA series surrounding the Norse Gods. In order to get a better grasp on how it’s handled, I’ve started to re-read the Harry Potter series (I’ve made it to Book 2) and Rick Riordin’s Percy Jackson and the Olympian series. I recently finished Book 2 for that and am waiting for my local library to let me know when Book 3 has been returned so I can continue. I’ve also found a trilogy series called The Magic Thief, which has also been interesting but not nearly as engaging for me.
My thinking on this is that I want to do something similar yet unique with my Young Adult series. Harry Potter attends a wizarding school in a typical school year setting whereas Percy Jackson does deal some with the school year but is set more in a summer camp setting. This is going to prove tricky and challenging. I’m very glad I have the Prose Edda for this. The stories are not all that dissimilar from the Greek, but they’re also unique. I’d have to check the Greek pantheon to be sure on whether or not they had a trickster God like Loki.
As of right now, I have no idea where I’m going to slide that particular project in with the rest. I will figure something out, though, rest assured. My research into the Norse histories and Gods isn’t over. It will probably never be over, but it’s been worth the effort.