I have been working on my novels. It just doesn't show...
The other day I got an email at work about the upcoming Local Author's Fair at the Palos Verdes Library. It stunned me because at the end of the last one, back in September of 2013, I swore I would have The Wizards and Ascension complete! As it is, I'm going to be about halfway through Ascension by the end of this month (knock on metal). And I've yet to knock out The Wizard of Santa Monica, the last Wizard story.
This month I did some free form on an imaginary project with no real plot, just mostly world building. I might have mentioned this earlier, if so just ignore me (as you usually do). But there is a sense of freedom to it. Free form is without structure. The project, even if imaginary can go in any direction.
At the same time, I've been going back and forth between what I have so far in Ascension and what's already in Absolution. I'm thankful that I read the Mistborn trilogy, as it did give me "tips" on how to approach certain material, particularly the world-building exposition. Many thanks to Mr. Sanderson.
Reading the third book in his trilogy made me wonder how understandable other books in similar trilogies are to someone who hasn't read the first book. To see how understandable they are, I will read the third book of a Fantasy trilogy without the benefit of the first book.
Aside from that, it looks like July has come and gone. I'm about halfway done with the manuscript, though to be honest, I expected the halfway point to come at 40,000 words for a total of 80,000 words (a good rough draft length). 45,000-ish words is a bit lengthy. That will put the final draft at about 100G.
But, I think I've bored myself enough with this post. It's time to get back to work and get to the halfway mark...
Knock on metal.