I came into the office the other day and one of my colleagues jokingly referred to the last few months BL releases as the ‘Season of Kyme’. I scoffed a little at first until realising, a few seconds later, that he wasn’t wrong. I’ve been busy.
Since I began the long and lonely path of the writer (not to be confused with the path of the warrior, seer, renegade or any of that), this has been the busiest period for me. There are a few books in there that are reformats or reissues of older classic stories – these are either bind-ups of previous novels such as Salamanders the Omnibus or are product-related re-issues like Damnos.
Either way, the last 12 months have been filled with writing. I guess there have been three major strings to this particular bow and, oddly, perhaps it’s my tent pole series Tome of Fire and the Salamanders that’s actually had the least attention.
First and foremost, Horus Heresy has engaged my time in a way that it hadn’t done previously. I wrote my first full length novel, a second limited edition novella as well as an audio drama featuring Aeonid Thiel. All three have been garnering some good press as far as I’m aware, and the novella has finally started reaching the eager hands of fans.
Damnos, which is rapidly becoming a series in its own right, got the second largest hleping of my attention with a long novella to add to the hardback version of Fall of Damnos (and I’m sincerely hoping that Spear of Macragge gets a physical release on its own for folks who want it but don’t necessarily want the novel again – I know everyone is different in that regard) and another audio drama. I’ve also written a micro short starring Sicarius, you’ll see that later this year.
Salamanders then has had the least of my attention. Despite my best intentions, I only had time enough to write some new material to include with the omnibus edition. I really wanted to do a map and have one sketched out but it’s too rough, needs properly checking and there wasn’t time to include it in the end. I guess it makes sesne then that my current project is Salamander-related, the new novel Rebirth.
As a writer of some several years now, I feel like I’m not only really starting to learn my craft (someone called it my ‘A-game’ in a review – it’s just my game; it just taken me this far to get to it) but also get an idea as to my habits and patterns.
From my first faltering steps, I actually think I’ve slowed down a little bit (in spite of the apparent ‘Season of Kyme’), but I’ve also discovered that I have peaks and troughs of productivity. I’ve clearly just come off a peak with the stack of novels, novellas and audios mentioned above so I guess that means I’m now entering a trough. That’s certainly been true of the last few weeks, even months. Throughout July and August, I really struggled to get anything going. I managed to write three 1,000 word short stories (again, you’ll be seeing these soon – He’stan, Sicarius and the Marines Malevolent, but not necessarily in that order) but struggled to get my synopsis for Rebirth wrangled. I’m paying for that a bit now, or was, and have experienced a slow start to that novel – see what I mean? Trough. However, my creative juices, my ideas, are beginning to flow again and I’ve been able to add a significant amount of flesh to the bare bones of a story I had.
Here’s hoping I’m approaching another peak.