As I write the snow is back, the fields viewed from Song of the Elves HQ are iced, the oaks dusted with sugar. There’s a wonderful contrast of infinite blue and broken wisps of unspindled cotton in the sky overhead – and people say January is the gloomiest month.
Well, actually it probably is – writing’s been at an all time low due to day job commitments and yesterday my nose was nearly frozen off trecking to town for the weekly vegetable shop.
Despite the lack of time, I have been putting a lot of thought into the next cycle of Song of the Elves. As you know, the first three books are written, with parts 2 and 3 due for edit and release this year and early next. The second cycle of three books will focus on an older and wiser Kirik, though I’m still wrestling with the best timescale to put on the gap between cycles one and two. There needs to be enough time for the plot to have moved on and the status quo to have changed considerably in the Summerlands and the Westlands, yet not so far that the immediacy of friendships and cliff-hanger dangers is lost. There’s clearly much for me to contemplate in the coming months.
My focus for February is to get The Wolves of Winter Two completed and released. More on this next week…
Up the elves!