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The Spin-off

This is something I haven't told anybody before, but over the last few months, I haven't been able to get my mind off of it—and that is the series that follows Eos Europa's in the world of When Stars Burn Out.

I'm getting ahead of myself. I get that. I haven't even published the sequel yet—and it'll only be the second in what I'm suspecting will be a five-book series—but I can't stop myself from considering the ending of Eos's story. And the way I've always, always expected to continue the story several generations later in a spin-off series.

I know what the first installment in that spin-off series will look like. I know how it begins, how it ends, its protagonist—and sometimes, I can't help but feel a little overwhelmed by all of the stories I've got tumbling around in my mind, clamoring for my attention.

My Grimdark Fantasy series has been especially loud lately, almost as though it knows it's up next on my list. The very second I'm finished with A Dark Sky Opens, I have decided to take a break from Eos's world and dive into Lok's. The story takes place in the winter—and I am one of those weirdos who likes to draft her books during the season they take place in—so, I am right on track to finish A Dark Sky Opens in time to fast-draft Never To Heaven Go sometime this fall or winter, perhaps for NaNoWriMo.

Speaking of NaNo: We've got Camp next month! I can't believe we're already approaching the fourth month of the year. I highly doubt I'll be able to participate in Camp next month, but there's a slim chance I'll make it for July. For some reason, I always excel during Camp in ways I never do during regular, November NaNoWriMo. Perhaps because the holidays aren't such an interference!

Either way, I sense myself approaching a breaking point of sorts. I can tell these stories insist on being told soon. Does anybody else feel this ruled by their fiction? I can keep prioritizing work and whatnot over writing, but the longer I postpone bringing these stories to life—the louder and louder they get. Eventually, I'll have to drop everything and just *write* for days, days, days on end, the way I always used to. I sense those writing-filled days are approaching sometime very soon.

And I'm excited. I'm so excited for these new adventures.

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