Now that I’m weaning myself off the honeymoon period from releasing The Last April, I’ve been dreaming of my next book. There always is “the next book” for authors. Kind of like how “there’s always a band” for The Music Man.
I was in our living room, cuddling with the mini-schnauzer while working on my November writing challenge from @pageflutter on Instagram, when I sat straight up with an exclamation.
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I don't know what happened to November, but I kept up with the first week of @pageflutter's November challenge, and wrote the rest of the month tonight, a day late. 😂 . . . I keep thinking I must be doing this wrong, because I see these inspirational responses, and mine are all basically cliffhanger-style hooks for stories I may never write. . . . I think my favorites might be Days 9 – 11, 13, and 19. Pinch and zoom to see the details! . . . #amwriting #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #writerslife #writersofinstagram #writersofig #indieauthors #ilovewriting #writersofinsta #writerscorner #monthlychallenge #writingchallenge #pfsixwordchallenge #sixwordstorychallenge #justkeepwriting #bujo #bujolove #bulletjournal #bulletjournallove #bulletjournaling #minimalistbujo
“Hunting Miss Trentwood!” I shouted at my husband, who jumped, and then grimaced. No, that was too close to the title for the first book, Haunting Miss Trentwood. But I knew something was there, and abandoned my writing challenge to ideate on possible titles:
- Hunting Miss Trentwood
- Seeking Miss Trentwood
- Seeking Mary
- Hunting Mary Trentwood <– the tentative winner
In this proposed sequel (my first ever), we follow Mary and Hartwell as their relationship is tested by the pressures of London, Queen Victoria’s Jubliee celebrations, future mothers-in-law, Victorian spiritualism, and hey, Jack the Ripper might make an appearance (at least in newspaper headings).
I’m just starting to revisit my old written notebooks for my Haunting Miss Trentwood research, but the excitement for writing a book is returning!
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I wrote (or more importantly, researched) Haunting Miss Trentwood while an undergraduate and graduate student ten years ago. I recently had a dream that I wrote a sequel, so I began looking through my old research journals. I'm learning so much! It also makes me sad because these days, I do most of my research online during my lunch hour at work. Means I'm bookmarking things rather than writing them down. Will I ever be inspired by my handwritten notes again?
Anyway, it’s a good way to end the year, I hope, dreaming about my next book.
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