I have currently two complete novels that are on the verge of being published. I have more ideas percolating and taking shape as new novels. I have the same sort of Stephen King novel-making machine working for me that lots of prolific authors have working for them. I am regularly churning out a variety of books.
Both of my most recent books spent time on the Tuesday novel-writing post where I publish a finished chapter of a work in progress as if I were publishing it in serial form. This is useful in meeting deadlines in that it guarantees progress is definitely made every week.
It can also provide a means of writing two novels at the same time.
The Necromancer’s Apprentice started as a satyric parody of Disney’s the Sorcerer’s Apprentice segment of Fantasia. But it also links to other stories I have already written that includes the Fairy Kingdom of Tellosia. I even used a cross-over character, Blueberry Bates, who interacted with the Fairies in Magical Miss Morgan.
It was a novel created from a spur-of-the-moment inspiration that simply fit like a glove into the overall plan of the over-arching story I am telling, a disguised version of the Life of Mickey.
The other novel I have ready to publish is the rewrite and expansion of my horrible first novel, AeroQuest into AeroQuest 4 : The Amazing Aero Brothers.
This has been a different process altogether since it is a re-write, and large sections of that story are already written, though most of the extensions of the story occur in books 4 and 5.
But this process of ending a story doesn’t just apply to the books I am working on. It is also about writing my own story as I have entered into the final chapters of my own life. I am now old enough to be fully qualified for Medicare and already enrolled. I am in poor health, and I may even have caught Covid Omicron, the current toxic variant of the pandemic. I seem to be recovering, but the next variant will probably do me in.
So, how do you end the last years of your own life?
I have been giving my life meaning since I am no longer a school teacher by writing novels, using the full power of my writing ability and my overpowered imagination. Yes, I have tried to take control of my own story and choose to define what my life means for myself.