I now have three up and running contenders for my next book!
This won't be a sequel to Swan Song, I've made that pretty clear, but in the course of my short story collection, so much has inspired me that man, I can't nail it all down!
Three ideas are vying for my affections for my second book, technically; my first feature length novel sized story, even a conversation with my wife about the nature of horror films has helped!
So as it currently stands, I need to finish one story for the collection and then I have three already begun ideas for my next book.
And I CAN'T WAIT!
The truth is these ideas are so big in scope, they may take up all my spare time! It's exciting as hell! Ever feel swallowed by your concepts? Daunted by them? Thrilling isn't it?
I'm bad at research. I always have been.
My stories are kept close to my heart, my core, grounded in a reality only I understand. These ideas will test me, push me. I think I need to do that at this point in my writing life. I still adhere to the tried old and tested belief that a story can be small in scope yet epic in moral and message. Usually, those are the most effective (think The Shawshank Redemption, or the incredibly underrated Unbreakable, which I love!) but I do think it's time to push the boat out, as it were.
I just hope I don't come apart at the seams!
Hell, I'll just throw in some hokey jokes and a shocking scene or two to patch up the gaps.
(Joke! That was a joke people!)