Writing about writing

Projects and resolutions

Fifteen days into 2021, my biggest achievement for the year has been to finish all three strands of story missions in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla in around 80 hours. Despite that, I do have a few things in the pipeline for the coming year that I’m eager to get into.

First and foremost, books.

In the next few months, I’ll be redrafting Iarraindorn with the aim of releasing it in April/May. Set in the late iron age, this tells the story of a Briton called Nuadhu as he fights to avenge his family only to get caught up in a greater destiny and a war for the very future of humankind.

This is a short book, at just over 50,000 words. It stands on its own, but if you’ve read any of my other books you’ll know who Nuadhu Iarraindorn is and recognise it as a prequel to From the Hill of Megiddo in particular. There is still a two thousand year gap between the two books, but I want to at least start writing the story covering the intervening time.

The other book I want to release this year, probably in October/November, is Outcast from Elysium. This is book three in the Armageddon’s Offspring series, following Orphans of the Dead and Sins of the Angels. I’ll say more about that closer to the time, including about where I’m up to (by then) writing the last two books in the series.

Having said all that, it’s worth reflecting that 2020 was the year my discipline fled me, it will be harder to regain than it was to lose.

Despite ostensibly having more time to myself to do things like read and write, I’ve actually done very little of either. I’m luckier than most when it comes to the pandemic, but there has still been a toll on my mental health, reflected by that drop in drive and discipline and by getting to sleep and waking at reasonable hours both being harder than before. That will be a struggle to rectify.

It is something I intend to do, however. If I can get myself reading regularly again, I can in turn get myself writing more – both fiction and non-fiction.

That’s probably the closest I’ve got to a New Year’s resolution.

Assuming I get my act together, the other thing I want to do this year is to write a story using Twine. Twine is in essence an app for interactive story telling, allowing you to write anything from a choose your own adventure story to a full-on game.

I’m not sure where what i want to write will fall on that spectrum, or whether it will even be any good. However, it’s something that’s intrigued me for a while and since I have the tools I’m going to see what I can come up with and publish the finished product.

All of which is more than enough for me to be getting on with. Hopefully, there’ll be less setbacks this year than last, and you enjoy what I produce out of that.

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