What I'm up to and what I'm hoping for
I officially started writing the next book of the Mercedes Masterson series. The new book is currently called Jonah of Olympic. My plan has been to write the first draft from January to end of July. I'm hoping I can get it all done in there, but recognize I may be off by a few weeks based on my experience with the last book. I've written the first four chapters thus far. The length I suspect will be a little longer than Sweet Sixteen Killer was -- as I will have more plot to unravel than the first book. But I always aim for these books to be roughly the same length (short and sweet).
I'm very excited to be back at it again, although the start is proving to be similarly daunting as the last book when I started. Struggling with the beginning and American politics are in dismay. This was the same as when I started the first book, as I did so just before the 2016 presidential election. I released that book just before last year's presidential election. And writing tonight was a struggle, but a good one, after the events of January 6 and the assault on the Capital.
I am hoping I can continue to press on with this book, but I'm also hoping we as a nation can step back and reevaulate. Some of us are hellbent on destruction. Some intently and others blindly. My hope is that those who are blindly led would step back and refocus their vision.