“F you Adrian.” – Angry George R. R. Martin

I’m back! And it’s 2019! My last blog post was in 2017 (how embarrassing!), but I’m digging in and writing again! I’m back to work on my sequel, The Chromium Smith (Book 2 of The Blacksmiths fantasy series). I left off on Chapter 12 after some serious plot challenges mixed with writer’s block. Well, after discovering some old notes I had forgotten about, I realized that I had solved my own plot hole and got back to it!

So why the big delay in progress on the sequel? Other than getting stone walled by my own plot, I got seriously distracted with life. I had a new baby (baby Adelyn, born on Halloween of all days!), got a new job, had to move to a new state, a new house, and of course, got distracted with other forms of entertainment (TV, games, etc.). But with the discovery of my notes and removal of a hobby that was capitalizing my time, I found my renewed vigor in storytelling!

And, with a new year comes new goals. I gave my website a much needed face lift and then organized my notes. (There’s nothing worse than writing with notes that are not structured in any way). I then began going through Chapters 1 – 11, finding moments that needed revisions to address my plot issue, and then got back to work on Chapter 12. I’m feeling good about it, but I’m sure I need to shake off my rustiness. I may also need to completely reread all Chapters just to familiarize myself again, but progress is being made!

So the big question: Will book 2, The Chromium Smith, be done before The Winds of Winter by George R. R. Martin is released? Only time will tell.

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