“Teamwork,” chapter 17 of The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge, is now available. Rebecca and Abigail know who their foe is. Can they find clues to defeat him by searching in the town, in the Burning Dog, and in the Devil’s Acre?
It has been great fun writing The Dragon Lady of Stockbridge so far, even though I’ve just been going through my worst case of writer’s block with the story. It’s been even more fun because I’ve had an audience of appreciative and critical readers. However, I can see an end to the story, the end I always planned, coming closer. And that raises two questions. What do I do with Dragon Lady next? And what do I do next with this blog?
Dragon Lady is the easier problem. She’ll be published, somewhere, somehow, probably after a round of revisions to tidy up some points and sharpen others. I’ll let people know when it happens.
I began the Sillyverse blog to publish Dragon Lady as a loosely connected sequel to “The Troubles of the Farnsworths.” Clearly it has expanded beyond that simple mission. I’ve tried to set forth my theories about writing, explained some of the history behind Dragon Lady, and explored just a bit of the fictional universe in which the story is set. And the blog has become a small addition to the WordPress community, which means I have readers and other blog writers to whom I owe time, attention, and care.
I’m not sure there is any point to this blog unless I’m writing something on it. My writing doesn’t just provide entertainment (that is, when it does), but serves as my springboard to talk with you all. I certainly can lay no claim to being a pundit on current cultural or political trends!
However, I don’t have a story immediately at hand to follow Dragon Lady. This isn’t surprising when you consider it took me from May 9, when I finished “Troubles” on Facebook, until August 31 before Dragon Lady started appearing here. My best guess is that I’ll need to take off a month after Dragon Lady finishes, and that the next story will not be a sequel, but will instead be set in a different fictional universe, in which a Chicago cop wakes up in 1969 to find himself in a very bad situation. That doesn’t mean I’m finished with the universe of Dragon Lady, or even all of its characters, just that I may need a break from them.
Finally, while Dragon Lady will continue to appear on schedule over the holidays, I may not get to a blog post this Monday or Tuesday coming. Family and travel commitments have to take priority. And with that, I wish you all the best of the holiday season, whatever holidays you celebrate.