- Cannibals – Check
- Takers – Check
- Skinner Dead – Check
- Sunny California – Check (minus the sunny part)
I was going to write a little more, but then I noticed I had written exactly 1000 words for the day, and it felt right to walk away for the day.
Why? Just because that’s why! Seriously, I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, but I’ll think of something.
And now for the update on Book Seven. Here’s where I am. At the beginning. I’m talking first page. But that first page rips a hole in the Oz Chronicle universe. My challenge from book to book has been to give Oz and the gang room to grow, for them to discover something about themselves along their journey. With that in mind, page one of Book Seven of the Oz Chronicles features a major catalyst for Oz to grow. I’m toying around with doing a video read to give you a sneak peak at what’s to come, but at the same time, I don’t want to ruin the surprise for you. What to do. What to do. What to do.
I’m also going to take a different approach with this book than the others. The other six books are sequential and interconnected. Meaning, you have to read them in order to understand where you are in Oz’ world. If you don’t, you’re lost and frustrated, and your hate for me surpasses your hate for getting a cavity filled at the dentist.
This book is going to be a stand alone novel. The six books before it are all back story to this novel. That means it is likely to be longer, almost epic like in proportion. If I do this right, you should be able to read Book Seven and know everything there is to know about Oz and the others without ever reading a single word of the other books. Let me repeat the key phrase from that last sentence. IF I DO THIS RIGHT!
Obviously, what I don’t want to do is rehash old story lines, plop them in this book, and package it as something new. That’s cheating, and won’t make Oz readers very happy. This has to revisit elements from the other books in a new way. It won’t be easy, but it’s a challenge that will make this story worth writing and hopefully worth reading.
Wish me luck!