Second Thoughts

The First Book

I hope that I’m not that unusual in having second thoughts. The most frustrating second thought is finding better ways to say what I wanted to say in the first book! And finding mistakes in the first book, but that’s relatively easy to fix thanks to the magic of online publishing. Perhaps I can go back to it one day and create the “author’s version” with added material.

After the 2-year anniversary I may try a different cover. I’m afraid I made the classic mistake of “Wow, I think that looks really cool!” as opposed to a 2nd and/or 3rd opinion, so I’m looking for a cover artist that I like to revamp the 1st book.

The Second Book

The first Lodge of the Wolf arc was designed as 3 stories. Orchids Ablaze is actually the 2nd book in the arc. I do wonder if, rather than continuing the arc, I should build a completely different story in a different genre. I’ve got the material and background info ready to go. So the “second thought” is whether or not it would be better to have 2 books in different genres to spread out to a larger audience? Or would it lose readers if Rocq and company had to wait some time for their next hour in the sun?

Something completely different

My S3 friends suggested a book of short pieces and publish it under the rules that allow me to print copies for sale outside of Amazon. Then I can take those to shows, if I ever get up the courage. I have already put a few of those short pieces (or “Still Life” pieces as I call them) up for visitors to the website, so I have a base to work from. The problem is, of course, time. Writing Still Life pieces is time added to publishing the 2nd novel-length book.

Decisions, decisions

Current course of action is concentrating on the 2nd book and shifting to short stories as I hit snags or roadblocks is a possibility. We’ll see if that gets me the most “keepable” words down on paper (or into electrons)! After all, that’s really what I’m here for.




Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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