Bad News: I’ve been thinking for a little while that Mage’s Price is becoming too derivative, and I’ve been struggling with how to handle that. I am doing some new things in the book, but I’m also retreading old ground. I’m just not sure what to do, and I’ve started languishing a bit. To help myself figure out what I need to be doing with it, I’ve setting it aside for now. It started as being ‘similar’ in many respects to the Wheel of Time series, which I was fine with, but I’m rereading the Wheel of Time right now, and that was making it worse. Much worse. I was getting close to being able to name my characters Rand, Matt, Perrin, and the like. Not good. So, I’m giving myself some distance for a bit. I’ve invest 47,000 words into it, so I don’t want to abandon it at all. But it will be better if I take a break from it.
Good News: I have started something that is in no way similar. It’s fantasy, but its in a different world. It’s different from anything else I’ve written, and it clings more closely to the things I wanted in my next novel. My writing is still improving, so I’m excited about that. Also, this next thing has a Roman flare. The fact that I’m trying to teach myself Latin probably has affected this decision. I just need to keep myself from making everything Latin. Novels written in dead languages don’t sell real well.