Today is absolutely beautiful. The sun is gently warming, the sky is pristine blue, and the temps are luring me into making a break for it and skipping work for the rest of the day. My boys wore shorts today at to school. No reason not to. I might put on something a bit shorter later today, but walked outside with jeans and a lighter shirt.
The weather reminds me that the world is in a stage of regrowth. After the long sleep of winter, plants are beginning to push through the decayed leaves; trees are beginning to bud and songbirds are returning to their nests. Much the same with my writing.
I don’t know how things turn out this way, but spring always seems to lighten my mood. When that happens, I start getting ideas. Ideas turn into stories. Stories take time. Time I need to find in a hectic schedule.
Last night I wrote out two separate story lines. One a prequel of the second. Well, actually the second was a synopsis of a longer piece I have been working on. I have never written a real synopsis of a story, just a brief overview of what was going on. Some of you might be wondering if there is a difference. Believe me there is. You know the brief blurb about the book usually on the back cover? That is a synopsis. It is a hook to get the reader interested in what is inside. It is a balance of putting just enough information and just enough hints at what is going on. It is a carrot dangling in front of your prospective reader.
So now I have the basic structure of two stories. Or at least a synopsis for two stories. I was not planning on the first one, the second one I had tumbling about in my head for most of the day. The synopsis for Dragon Masque was expected, the first one that I wrote was not. I did not realize that I needed a prequel. A short story? A novela? I don’t know yet as it is not written. I had planned on three books I may now be planning on four.