So, I'm sending the finished -- no, really -- manuscript out to my editor next week. The cover is in the final formatting stages. I have a marketing plan and budget in place. And yesterday I started working on Book II. Sort of.
Book II was in a bunch of old folders on a hard drive, still in Wordperfect format. Somewhere, I knew, I had notes. So, into the garage, and after a little digging:
This is my process. I have boxes of this. Notes, flow charts, sketches, beat sheets. One of the reasons that the Outworlders saga (which is what I'm calling this) is so well-researched, and the worldbuilding so bombproof, is that I've been working on it for about twenty years, not counting a ten-year break in the middle.
And check this out -- the original manuscript, from high school, in hardcopy:
|With corrections from my English teacher, and entire hand-jammed |
chapters wedged in there. Because, high school.
At the bottom of the box, a 3.5" floppy with apparently FIVE BOOKS on it, all in .wpd. I have no idea how to get at this. Also, along with it, a flow chart for a sequel apparently called "Coin of the Realm," a sketch of the MC, and for some reason a picture of a younger, much more buff me, replete with beer and douchebag wife-beater shirt. Ah, youth. I'm guessing 1992 or 1993. I would have been doing stunt work and modeling back then.
|I want to say the artist used me as the model, but I'm also a|
vain son of a bitch so it's the kind of conclusion I'd draw.