There’s probably going to be a pretty large gap between The Court of Five Thrones and The Ice Plague. I’m not sure how long yet, but probably longer than the gap between Game Theory and The Court of Five Thrones.
Maybe two months?
There’s a few reasons for it.
- I want to get The Wildness Within finished if possible. (And this will become my ‘weekly update story’ when COFT is over - if for some reason this is finished before TIP begins, Spoils of the Spoiled may become the new weekly update story, we’ll see).
- I need to write a new novel to submit to a publisher. And COFT is currently eating up all my writing time. Wrapping up so many threads takes way more energy than I remember, lol.
- I need to really sort out what’s important / not important in The Ice Plague and brainstorm the plot a bit more.
- I also need to write up enough chapters in advance that instead of launching to a ‘one chapter every two weeks’ thing like I did at the beginning of COFT (which didn’t work for a lot of readers), I can go straight to once a week when I start. :) Since I produce around 2 chapters a week, some of that time will be going straight to just…writing TIP.
I have a few concerns around The Ice Plague. Is the story too unwieldy? Is the ensemble cast too big? Do I write femslash in this story or should I actually just section that off and be brave and start writing femslash stories? Should I risk having more than two narrators? (At the moment I’m still leaning towards ‘yes’ but…we’ll see). They’re really big questions and if I change my mind on some of them that can cause major, major restructuring of what I had in mind before I even begin. And those things can’t be rushed. There’s nothing worse than writing 200,000 words and realising that the way you went about the beginning was all wrong, or realising that you’ve written yourself into several corners and readers are bored out of their minds.
Things I’d basically like to prevent as much as possible if I can, especially given that beginnings aren’t always my strong suit. :)
So…it could be a big break between COFT and TIP (big for me, anyway), but there should still be regular material coming (though I may take like two weeks off overall and just not charge the Patrons for that month - because I can’t remember the last time I took off a chunk of time like that). And COFT is aiming to have a far less…’hanging’ ending than Game Theory did. So there should be - ideally - enough closure by the end of COFT that it’ll feel…more complete for readers I’m hoping?