I just finished the first-pass edits of the 150k beast I’m labeling MK1 for now. I’m pretty pleased with it, but there is a lot of things that still need to be gone back through and filled in. Things I haven’t figured out yet, and likely won’t until the second or third book.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to ignore all common-sense advice and write this series in its entirety before beginning to either seek publishing or publishing it myself. I’m a discovery writer, so it isn’t until something is complete that I can see the forest for the trees and connect everything properly. I’m well aware how this is discouraged if you either want to be traditionally published (eh), or want to write quickly and publish at a regular rate to build up a following (eh, I can’t write that fast anyway with my other life commitments). So, I’m going to take my time and enjoy the process.
For now, I’ve set aside MK1 for a cooling off period. I’ll pick it up again when I start to think about writing book 2, which I’m not sure when that will be. I’m going to transition to writing two short stories set in MK1 world to flush out some events and characters and then I’m seriously toying with picking back up Sunken City Capers and writing book 5, the final one. There’s been some good traction there and growing interest. My only hesitation is then that requires be step away from the MK series for a bit.
But, for once, this is a good writing problem to have, having more than one project you’re excited about to pick what to work on.