An Update? In This Economy?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2022 in Blog, Fiction | 0 comments

An Update? In This Economy?

Okay my lovelies. I know it’s been a minute. I’m sorry about that. I don’t really have any excuses that aren’t just life, so I won’t bother with them. Who has time for that anyway?

If you’re here, it’s most likely because you have at some point enjoyed my writing. The good news is that I’ve come to a realization about me and my writing this weekend and that’s what I’m here to talk about today. The bad news is that some of you might not like what I’m going to say. Not in a bad way really, just in a maybe you didn’t come here for that kind of way. Anyway, let’s get to it.

The majority of you are probably here because you read and liked Broods of Fenrir. More people have read those two self-published books of mine than probably anything else I’ve written. The news for you is excellent. Today, for the first time since 20 and fricken 13 I opened the folder marked Broods 3 and started looking at it.

You see, something happened to me in 2013 and I’ve never talked about it much, because I didn’t realize until just this week how much it had affected me. (Yes, I can be a terribly slow learner when it comes to things about me. Denial is a bitch.) That was when I started to believe everyone in the publishing industry who kept saying things like “Urban Fantasy is dead” and scoffed whenever I said I wrote Paranormal Romance. I decided that I had to listen to them. I had to grow up and be a “real writer” (whatever the hell that is). So, I put aside Broods and everything else I had written to that point and started to go another way.

It’s been a struggle, to put it mildly. While I’ve certainly had moments where I believed in that change there were far more where I hated every word I wrote during the entire time since. Finishing anything was torture and I had no idea why. This coincided roughly with several large changes in my life, so I had a hard time pinpointing why all of a sudden writing had become so difficult. Then 2016 happened. Then 2020 happened. And now here we are.

But I hadn’t only stopped writing, I had also largely stopped reading. I felt like I didn’t have the attention span for either of those activities I’d once loved so much.

Then, a couple of weeks ago I picked up a thing I had put down all that time ago that I had loved reading. I’m not going to tell you what, because that’s not important. What I will tell you is that since then I have consumed more words than in probably the last two years, maybe even the last five years, I don’t know. Then I moved on to another thing. And another. And then I opened up the first Broods book and read that for the first time in ten years. Then I opened up the second one and read that one too.

And you know what I realized? I fucking love Urban Fantasy. I love Paranormal Romance. Those genres thrill me. They have since I picked up my very first one. Why? Eh, who cares? They bring me joy. So why had I been letting some people I don’t even know tell me they were dead? You know, I have no fucking idea. I shouldn’t have.

So here’s the news: I’m going to start writing that third Broods book. I deserve an ending, and so do Brand and Dagny, Gunni and Leo, and every other character in that world–and so do you, Dear Reader. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to come to that conclusion. Like I said, sometimes I can take a while to learn something about myself. The third book may be substantially different in style as I’ve changed a lot as a writer in the last ten years, but I think that will only make it better than it would have been, honestly. That book already had an outline and a title which I’ll share in another post… someday soon. (How’s that for a tease?!)

I have another book that I’m in the middle of writing that is also Urban Fantasy that I will finish called Inundation. That one is likely to be posted as a serial once it’s all done, at least that’s what I’m thinking right now.

I have another Urban Fantasy novel that the first draft is done called Summoner’s Circle that I also haven’t touched since 2013. Once I’m done with Broods 3 and Inundation, I’ll crack that one open and see if I think it’s worth delving into again.

After that… well I’m thinking I’m going to invent a whole new sprawling paranormal world, just because I can. Some of you might wonder why I don’t just continue on with Broods, and there are lots of reasons for that. Mostly, when I was writing those first two books I was in a certain place in my writing where I no longer am. I want to finish that story, because I think we all deserve it–like I said–but I don’t feel the need to expand that world any more than the bounds of the current characters’ story. I want to start over with something new and sparkly.

For those of you who have come here because of my science fiction or more traditional fantasy, well, I probably won’t write much more of that anytime soon. That’s the bad news I alluded to at the start. I’m not saying I never will again, but it’s just not where my heart dwells.

And I think that’s about all I have for now. Whew, that was a lot. Anyway, I think I’ll be back soon with more to tell you, because I have so many thoughts and plans and schemes and I want to share them, but for now I’ll let you fly off somewhere else.

Love and puppies,

Coral <3

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