It’s been a tough week in the Human Legion writing shed (pictured). Ian and I had written 18,000 words for War Against the White Knights, the fifth Human Legion book, but we needed to meet to discuss the next stage. Unfortunately, I’ve been too ill this week to write books.
Every writer is different, but for me I find it relatively easy to get my head in a place where I can come up with story ideas, but to get in the mental place where I can craft scenes effectively and efficiently is much harder. In a good working day dedicated to writing, I might write 5,000 words of story. Half of that will come in an intense 90-minute burst when the writing is flowing easily. It feels so good, it’s difficult to describe. That 90-minute burst will not only be the fastest-written but also the best writing of the day. The rest of the time the words come much harder.
I know from experience when I’m not feeling well that this full-on writing mode will elude me, but coming up with ideas is still possible.
So I met with Ian yesterday after postponing him from the start of the week, and even though I felt rough we finished plotting through to the end of book 5 and beyond. I’ve got to say I am very excited about how all the threads of the story are coming together quickly now. I can’t wait to get writing properly again on Monday.
Blog posts are also something I find very easy to write, so I wrote one for you this morning about the Hugo Awards and their effect on book sales. I’ll post that up in a mo.
However, I don’t want to leave the Human Legion alone today, so I’ve a couple more things for you.
Firstly, I want to thank you for your support with the new book. It’s going to reach about 4,000 sales in its first month, and I estimate the series is going to be close to 75,000 sales in its first anniversary coming up at Christmas. Thank you. That means I shall be writing novels again next year.
Secondly, although this is something my marketing head says I should wait and talk about closer to the launch of War Against the White Knights, we’ve got so many exciting things coming up in the next book that I can’t wait to tell you about them. So I’m going to start a few teaser posts about things to look out for in the next book, starting right now with the Amilx.
SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read after the fold if you haven’t reached Book 4! SPOILER ALERT!
We first encountered the Amilx in Indigo Squad when Themistocles and Beowulf chanced across a strange ship they labelled Bonaventure. The crew appeared human, but their technology was beyond anything the Human Marine Corps had encountered. The ship and its crew vanished in mysterious circumstances that Indiya described as reality being ripped apart and stitched back together again.
And it hasn’t escaped our characters’ notice that the name looks like an acronym for Arun McEwan, Indiya, and Lee Xin, as if the universe is trying to give them a clue in the most unsubtle way possible.
Except the Legion characters don’t believe in Fate or in coincidence. There’s no need since they suspect that a lot of what they’ve done has been according to the plans of puppet masters working in the shadows. They’ve spotted the Night Hummers operating in those shadows, but are there other conspiracies and puppet masters? You bet!
You’ll have to wait until the end of Book Six, The Battle of Earth, to see all the puppet masters in the shadows fully revealed, but in War Against the White Knights we will meet a member of the Amilx, and even if you’ve read this teaser, you will not see it coming!
The next teaser will be up very soon.