Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Realm #5 has left the building!

"Realm #5" is away to Fiona, my editor. And now I have "End-of-book-itis" and feel exhausted, bereft, and at a loss over what to do with myself.

I mean, I could do my tax form... (and I probably will, sooner rather than later!). Or the housework, which has been abandoned for quite some time now. I'm hoping to take a bit of a break, but knowing me, that will last all of about a week, before I start editing book #10/recording the audiobooks/plotting book #12/starting something totally new/all of the above.

But, for the next few weeks, I won't be looking at "Realm #5" and that thought is both liberating and crushing. I've been writing the series on and off since 2014 (😮) and since then, any time I've not been working on it, I've always felt a pull back to it. But the series ends with this book. There will be no more "just making some notes for the next one" because there is no next one. As I say - this feels both liberating and crushing. Liberating, because I have a gazillion other ideas buzzing around in my head which I've been promising to get to once Realm #5 was off to Fiona. Crushing, because I've spent so many years with these characters, that it feels like I'm losing some best friends.

Anyway, for now, I'm going to make another cup of tea and try to remember what life involves, when it doesn't involve writing and editing!

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