I think it's a new world record for me. Here I was, thinking it would take me the rest of the month to finish writing Dragon Adventure, and I ended up completing it in two days. I'm very excited to have another story in this series done, but I'm just a little flabbergasted at the speed. I have set it aside and in a few weeks I'll pick it up again to edit and format for submission.
Considering the fact that I now have two more weeks to work on something else, I started thinking about what my next project should be and I quickly realized that Dragon Adventure was a bit lopsided. Aqua and Rios are two water dragons you'll meet in Dragon Dilemma (coming out June 1, 2016). They're very minor characters, but they are adorable ones. I wanted to write a fun short story set in the series, but not affiliated with the overall plot, and Aqua and Rios fit the bill perfectly. Dragon Adventure was born, but it ended up focusing almost exclusively on Rios with Aqua taking a nap through much of the actual adventure. I quickly came to the conclusion that Aqua also needs a story of his own. Dragon Home is the tentative title for Aqua's story. It's only going to be 10k words, just like Dragon Adventure, and be mostly fluff and filler, but it will be a ton of fun as well. I am going to start working on it as soon as this blog is posted.
I think I needed this short story interlude as an author, not just to give the series a break. Dragon Soldier is a very plot heavy book as it brings the first arc of the series to a close and I struggled with it for a while. Writing the pure fluff in Dragon Adventure turned into a mental health break for me before I dive into Dragon Spy, which opens up the second arc in the series. I think Dragon Adventure helped clear my head and get me refocused on this series and I'm hoping Dragon Home will get me prepared to return to Dragon Spy with a vengeance.
I also need to figure out where the series is going next. I am planning on more books after Spy, but I don't have any firm plot ideas put together just yet. I know Lumie is going to need another book and that Alloy will get two of his own as well, but I have some ideas of also returning to Nickel and Platinum for a book or two. It's all still a bit of a jumbled mess, to be honest, which is yet another reason why taking a break with Adventure was good for me. I need more time to figure out my next steps, especially since Dragon Spy will need to provide the proper setup for everything that comes next in that arc.
The plan right now is to submit Dragon Soldier and Dragon Adventure to LT3 at the end of the month. If Dragon Home is completed by then too I'll submit that as well. If LT3 accepts them, they won't be released until 2016 or even 2017. I just wanted to let my wonderful readers know that there's much more to come in this series. I really hope you're looking forward to Aqua and Rios as much as I am and I'll definitely keep everyone up to date as all my stories in this series move through the publication process.
March 1, 2021
Mell Eight is an author writing with NSP. For more information about Mell and her writing, please visit her website: http://melleightfiction.