As you know, I’ve been writing short stories to premiere on my Patreon page. The first is up now, but I’ve got the second and third already in process for the next two months. That’s, unfortunately, been a bit of a problem.
You see, This first story is current. That is, it’s about Cassie, and her adventures just after the events of Finding Insight. The second story is about Gabe and happens in the middle of Brewing Trouble, which I’m still writing. Made it a bit easier to overlap the events, at least! But… the third story is about Marcus and takes place way back just near the beginning of Finding Insight, or just before.
Which, while I felt pretty inspired by the story itself, caused some serious hiccuping in my brain. I had to remember what happened in that book, for one thing, but more importantly, I had to remember what hadn’t happened yet. I gamely started in on it and to my chagrin, my mind switched gears quickly and I managed to finish the story in a few days to send out to my beta readers. I was thrilled! I could get right back to Brewing Trouble and keep my momentum going!
So I sat and stared at a blank screen for two days. Because my brain couldn’t catch up again. I had a book hangover from the short story I just wrote, and couldn’t get back into the right part of the time stream of the series.
Where’d these new characters come from? We just introduced Marcus and Cassie, right? All that stuff with Kai in the basement just happened, didn’t it? I mean… how is he so totally healed up already? And, and, and… Augh!
So I’ve had to forcibly retrain my brain into the right timeline. It’s slow going, but I’m getting back to it finally, which is good since I was hoping to be almost done with this one before our move next month and I don’t think it’s going to happen. Ah well.