While I'm delighted to be back working on the Phoenix Saga, I can't help but feel that *Mysterious Project No.3*, as exciting as it was at the time, has been something of a palette cleanser.
Moving on to a new series was always going to be a challenge in itself, of course, even more so if you were as foolish enough, as I, to think you could detach yourself from your SIP (series/saga in progress, is that a thing?). Not to say that it isn't doable. Certainly, for the more experienced writers out there, a capacity for cold-blooded ruthlessness when it comes to switching between projects has often long-since been cultivated. Take Will Wight for instance, currently demonstrating such a feat with his The Elder Empire series... boy, is that guy just damn productive....
*Stares wistfully into the great outdoors*
Anyway! I suppose I should talk about the somewhat less mysterious project I'm currently bashing out - Book 3 of the Phoenix Saga.
Good news! I'm up to about 73 pages! Bad news: I've somehow only completed three chapters, which potentially suggests that this one could be mightily chunkier than Obsidian Crown. Which, I suppose, is a good thing... right?
If I was pressured for an estimate, I'd say this could be a 400+ pager, which would fit with the general increase from the last two books. Naturally, more pages, however, does mean greater pressure to ensure quality within each chapter, so it'll be an interesting challenge!
As I'm sure you've already surmised, this does mean my previous expectation of sending out a manuscript to betas by early 2020 (for my previous *mysterious project*) will have to be tweaked juuuuuuust a little bit. Realistically, taking into consideration my commitments to uni work (damn you, dissertation!), I feel we're probably looking at yet another Summer release for the third instalment of the Phoenix Saga.
Keep your eyes peeled, people, and thanks for bearing with me!