The first chapter of Book 5 is finally done. Sort of. Does it need work? Yes, of course, it still needs some work. It's a rough draft. But at least I've got this twisted tale down on "paper" at last. I feel like my life can finally continue. I know that my life hadn't been put on hold, but I felt as if everything from a creative perspective had been bogged down in a deadly marsh. I had to get this chapter done and then I could move on with everything.
The first chapter of this book is very important because it helps to launch the series in a slightly different and entirely unexpected (I hope) direction. Don't worry. It's all good. It also gave me a chance to introduce a very nasty new character who has a very interesting trick up his sleeve.
I know. I'm dropping all these hints and innuendos, but can't say anything more. It's rather cruel of me and I'll stop now.
I think the rest of Book 5 will flow a little faster now, which is a relief.
In the meantime, it has been a pretty relaxing weekend. I went to a family grill-out last night and had a wonderful time. It's been a while since I had the chance to just sit around on the deck and swap stories with my immediate family. It was all very relaxing, which is exactly what I needed. We talked late into the evening about cars, kids, and the state of the economy.
Tomorrow, I head back to work, but the grind won't seem so bad after spending some time with my family and finishing chapter 1.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful, long weekend.