I'm actually enjoying myself right now. I've got a lot of fun ideas and themes I want to play with. Not only is there the whole plot with Red Riding Hood, but there's a romantic thread, cultural issues, deep emotional family trauma, and a closer look at Fairytown. I'll have a lot of research and worldbuilding to do, but it should be fun. A part of me wants to toss this outline aside and start writing, but I know if I do that, I'll crash and burn by the time I reach chapter seven.
Of course, if Mermaid's Madness is any indication, I'll probably crash and burn a few times on this book anyway :-P
Speaking of worldbuilding, I'm also working on a map which will hopefully go into the second book. We don't do as much travelling in Stepsister Scheme, but we're sailing all over the place in Mermaid. I've sketched maps for my books before, but this is the first time one will be published, which makes me nervous. Once this is final, I can't add in an extra country or change boundaries around or anything.
The whole process is a little odd. I'm not much of an artist. I can doodle shapes that work for my writing, but it's far from publishable. In some cases, I believe the author is responsible for getting a final map to the publisher, which means hiring an artist. I don't know yet whether I'll have to do that. The idea violates Yog's Law (money flows toward the author), but I'm told it's not uncommon. It might depend on the publisher, too. I'd be curious to hear about other mapmaking experiences, if there are any authors reading who have done this before?
I managed to forget at least two books in yesterday's new book roundup. The first is Harmony [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by C. F. Bentley, who is also P. R. Frost and Irene Radford and ramblin_phyl. The name change is because "Harmony is entirely different from anything else I’ve written. I call it my spiritual quest with a literary twist in a space opera landscape." Joshua Palmatier did an author introduction with Bentley/Frost/Radford earlier this week -- go read.
Book number two is Hell and Earth [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by Elizabeth Bear. Bear has no pseudonyms, only an LJ username (matociquala). This book concludes the story Bear began in Ink and Steel. The write-up for this one is just nifty: "Kit Marley and William Shakespeare are playwrights in the service of Queen Elizabeth, employed by the Prometheus Club. Their words, infused with magic, empower Her Majesty’s rule ... Able to walk in both worlds, Kit seeks allies to aid him in his mission to protect Elizabeth—only to encounter enemies, mortal and monster, who will stop at nothing to usher in a new age. But despite the might of his adversaries, Kit possesses more power than even he can possibly imagine."