Are you enjoying it so far? I’m referring, of course, to Krayatura: Beast from the Sea, which I promised would be released May 11, the first in a trilogy that would be complete by July 1.
The answer, of course, is you can’t enjoy what hasn’t been released on time.
Rather than focus on the fact that the novel is nowhere near ready for prime time, let’s look at the positives.
I have a general outline of the three books, which allows me to plant seeds early that will germinate and bear fruit at the climax of the trilogy.
It also helped me recognize that the random guy I introduced when the beast first made landfall wasn’t so random after all.
I know and love the family at the core of the story, and I recognize that my job is to make you love them, too.
I know what the beast looks like, why it rose from the sea, what it will take to kill it, the consequences of killing it, and what happens next.
I know, if I execute it properly, this can be a rousing and entertaining story.
So: Am I disappointed at this stage to have barely a half-dozen finished chapters in my first draft? Holy crap, “disappointed” doesn’t begin to describe it. With all of the groundwork I’ve laid, more than this should have been accomplished.
But it wasn’t. Boo hoo. In the general scheme of things, I’m the only one who really cares, right? If I missed a deadline this badly at the day job, there would be consequences to pay.
What I need – and let this be my caution for others who aim to turn professional as writers – is to adjust my mindset so that I feel the pain of missing a personal deadline with the same anguish I would feel missing a day job deadline.
Because (and here’s the bottom line) the day job, like all day jobs, can go away for reasons out of my control. This job – the stories, the essays, the blogs, the podcasts – is all mine. All I need to do is please you, the reader and listener, and the sooner the better.
I have a new deadline. I’m going to keep it to myself until I’m more confident I can make it. I’ll let you know if I miss it, and wow, you’ll know if I make it.