Got the first pencils back to the artist yesterday with my comments, and had time to get my share of the taxes done, too. I like doing my taxes. Mind you, we have an accountant, so all I have to do it total up my receipts and let him have at it, but I like looking back at the year to see what I’ve done and how my spending habits change.
So now my desk is clear of graphic novel sketches and graphic sticker shock (I spent how much on boots?) and I am beginning the rewrite for book nine. I’ve been doing a lot of lose, long-term planning for the series lately, and I have to start paying attention to building a careful network of concepts again to be sure that everything I want at the end, (be it physical, emotional, or locational) is easily available when I need it. You won’t see it in book nine or ten as much, but by the time we get to 11, the vistas will again be expansive and I will be drawing from three to six different places for content to get to where I want to go. I have to be sure to introduce the beginnings now so when I reach for them, it won’t seem “convenient.”
Think of it like a chef making a meal. She puts all the ingredients out on the counter and then draws from them as she needs them. I’m still putting things out as I adjust my long-term plans, but we’re at the tweaking stage, now. What makes it fun for me is that I’m never sure what ingredients I’m going to use until my hand hovers over them, and my subconscious whispers, “yes,” so it might be a cluttered counter space for a while as things circle down to the end. Mmmmm, I love this part.