This months’ volume will be delayed from the 15th to the 20th for the sake of sanity. Every month until now I’ve dreaded writing The Orin Chronicles not because it was a monthly series, but because I had 15 days per month to work on it. Now that I’m no longer working on The Library Series during the latter half of each month, I have a full month to work on each Volume which means I will no longer dread writing it due to time constraints and which is why I’m freeing up my schedule a little bit this time around by pushing back the release 5 days. Subsequent volumes will continue to be released on the 15th.
To be honest, I think I’ve been lucky to get Volumes 1-5 out on time. To think of a good story that you’re engaged with and then to write and edit it so that it’s at least 16,000 words in 15 days is quite a task. The end of Volume 5 is really where I worried about running out of ideas to reach 13 volumes. I have a vague idea of what happens in all of the volumes from here on out, but a vague idea does not make a story that lasts approximately one hour. I had a little bit of extra time to think about Volume 6 due to injury and now I just need 5 more days to get Volume 7 into a good condition.
From here on out, with a full month for each Volume after 8 (with 8 having a total of 23 production days) I will have no issue with making sure I have a good story, I’m moving and developing the plot and characters properly, and when I reach 16,000 words I’ve told a good story that I’m happy with. As I said, I was lucky with Volumes 1-5 (and 6 as well) in that I told good stories, despite their flaws, in such a short span of time. Now I’ll be able to have far more confidence in and assure that the stories turn out the way I want rather than getting lucky that I came up with a good idea.
I really feel that I’ve been pushing myself as a writer this year and I’m happy with the results so far. It’s safe to say The Orin Chronicles is my biggest challenge thus far and it will continue to be up until the very last word of Volume 13.