Hello my 3.5 friends.
As we approach the end of the year, we also approach the end of the one post a day for a year challenge.
Sadly, this means that once next year rolls around, I must switch my focus from blogging to novel writing.
I don’t intend to abandon the blog obviously. I’ve worked too hard to build it up.
However, I will have to cut back to make time to write novels.
I have a number of potential projects rolling around in my head. I feel like completing 2 projects a year is a valid goal so heres what I’m thinking about pursuing next year:
A SPACE OPERA – Set 1,000 years in the future and rife with BQB’s underlying sense of humor mixed in with enough seriousness to keep things flowing. A wayward rogue who only looks out for himself finds himself in the middle of a vast conspiracy. He’ll need to start caring about others and quick.
NOTE: Alien Jones will be the as yet unnamed rogue’s sidekick/pilot. I’ve toyed with various possibilities for an alien sidekick and figured I’ve already created the perfect one. AJ has a long lifespan and it is set 1,000 years in the future, long after BQB. There might be a minor reference to him once befriending a human in the early 2000’s. For mysterious reasons, he’s been ousted out of the Mighty Potentate’s good graces, stripped of his magic-like powers, and now earns his living as the rogue’s pilot.
AJ will be a secondary character – he’ll provide comic relief, be the rogue’s conscience and confidant, but the rogue will be the main character of the novel.
I have an idea to release it as a TV style book serial – not as a way to simply chop up a long book, but I legitimately have ideas where parts could end with cliffhangers where the reader would be like “Well, I gotta know what happens next!”
Alternatively, I realize maybe I should realize one book before releasing several small installments.
I don’t want to give too much away at this point other than the rogue and AJ find themselves in possession of a powerful something that various bad people/groups want and they must race against time to get it away from them.
POP CULTURE MYSTERIES – I feel like I’ve written so much of Season 1 that I should just see it through. So I’d like to finish a season’s worth of blog posts, put them up on a spin off PCM website, and follow it up with a novel about how Jake punched Adolf Hitler in the face.
I do have many other ideas. Many of them I love, one I love dearly. But I also have to realize nothing gets done without committing to something.
This is like a marriage. You’ll never develop a loving relationship with your wife if you keep cheating on her with every other bimbo you see and you’ll never develop a finished novel if you keep dumping your current project for the next pretty idea that walks along.
So I have to pick 2 ideas and focus. Also, I realize given the rest of my life, this might be too much for one year. If that’s the case and I need more time than so be it. I hope to finish them both next year but ultimately, as long as I get a book of some kind published on Amazon next year, the year will be considered a success.
What say you nerds about these ideas?