Is this how it begins?

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In all honesty, this is not how it begins. It’s probably best described as the latest in a series of new beginnings, but it’s about time that I really get this thing rolling… again!

The Time Before

I can’t say whether my author journey has been a typical one or not, but it has been a fairly long a curious thing. There have been a lot of mistakes, which I shall be taking the blame for, and life has gotten in the way on numerous occasions. Of course, no one can really be at fault for those, but it would be a lie to ignore them.

It’s hard to say exactly when this all started, but the most recent revival was at the start of 2017. I started writing a serial. Each volume was ten to fifteen thousand words and worked like a TV series where each one had a self-contained story, but also contributed to the larger story that spans the series. I had planned on it being fifty-two volumes in length and by the end of June, I had written the first draft for twenty-six of them.

Later that year, I started releasing them on a monthly basis and managed to publish the first eight volumes. They were by no means a roaring success although the few that stumbled upon them seemed to enjoy them and continued through the series.

Valiant Lineage

On top of that, I had started to write a new story that was to be part of a post-apocalyptic trilogy focused on the reemergence of the Black Death. I was originally cowriting the series with two other authors and it was a lot of fun. By the end of the year, I had written my parts and one of the other authors had done there’s. The third author had complete his part for book one and was working on the rest. This is the point that life decided to kneecap me, but in a good way.

We had our second child and I decided to take a year off work to raise my son. I had planned on keeping up with my series and helping to push the trilogy along, but being a stay at home dad was far more work than I had ever anticipated. So much so that it made writing fiction almost impossible. It was at that point that I decided to put everything on hold and focus on family.

During that time I thought about my series a lot and came to the conclusion that once I was back, I would look at restarting and doing things a little differently. Here comes another spanner! The third co-author for the Black Death trilogy pulled out… It was annoying, I’m not going to lie about that, especially as we had been waiting for a long time, believing that they were working on it.

Lynn Sheridan Black Death Teaser

In order to keep the project alive, we had to come up with another part of the story to compensate. My co-author wrote up the first draft and I was to go over it and beef it up while editing the overall manuscript. That’s fine. It would have been nicer to know sooner, but life can be a pain in the ass sometimes. Anyhow, it was now the end of 2019 and I was working away on the edits for Black Death, but having been out of the process for a while it was slow going… and then 2020 happened!

In Canada, schools and daycares closed in the middle of March and everyone started to work from home. Now, we were lucky that both myself and my wife were able to work from home with our jobs. My wife’s job is much more meeting orientated which meant she had continue to work the core hours of eight to six. My day job requires less interaction and more processing data, so I was able to do my job in the night once everyone else had gone to bed. So, I was watching the kids during the day and working during the night. This put a hold on all fiction writing as I wasn’t prepared to give up my four hours of sleep a day…

That went on for six months and while we all survived, I’m not entirely sure how. The kids are now back at school and daycare and my day job is back to its normal timeslot which means I have time for fiction once more.

This is where this post comes in. I’m currently working on the edits for Black Death with the goal to have it all finished by the end of 2020. That will mean I can finally get around to revamping my serial using all the knowledge I’ve gained over the past couple of years. I’ve discovered that I work best when I have someone to be accountable to. For this that will be you. I also work best when I track my work and believe it or not I can get quite competitive, especially with myself.

Last Week’s Achievements

With the Black Death trilogy, I have completed the first pass of book two which is focused on checking chronological issues and fixing small typos. Next week, I’ll look at rearranging some of the scenes to get the flow working and making notes on potential new scenes. Hopefully, there won’t be too many.

I have my anime blog which has been a big help in keeping me writing and developing a number of skills. I’ve really been studying story structure these past few years and believe that I am in a much stronger place than I was at the beginning of 2017. So, with that, I have scheduled almost twenty posts for the future. Working on future posts now will clear up time in November for me to do NaNoWriMo.

Over the next week and a half, I plan on putting together a rough plan for a comedy story that I’ve been wanting to write for some time. I had the idea on a flight to Thunder Bay of all places and promptly wrote an outline while on the plane. It needs some fleshing out, but I should be able to get that ready to hit the ground running on November 1.

The Future

I think I’ve already covered a lot of what’s going on with me for the near future, especially as this is my first post on my relaunched site. Going forwards, I will try to update things on a weekly basis. If you’d like to follow along as I attempt to restart my author career the best way is by email which you can do below.

Alternatively, you can always just bookmark this page on your web browser and come back whenever you feel like it. I will aim to post every Tuesday, but then you know how the best-laid plans go…

Anyhow, thanks for reading.

Lynn Sheridan

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