With Wind Voyagers out on submission there's little to do but wait for word from the publisher. Rather than fretting - which I do very well - I'm trying to look forward.
What do I want to do with the next story in the series? Where do I want it to go?
I've figured out personal goals for Elek and Jutin. Tehan is a bit of an issue since she was along for the ride in the first book but had no personal stake in anything. She deserves and needs her own story. She's too strong to push off into that "helpful gal pal" role. So I've spent a great deal of time thinking about her and what she might want.
The other issue I'm mulling over is: How do you follow up the destruction of an entire city? Bigger explosions? More carnage? I don't think so. Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of Mythbusters TV show because they blow things up real good almost every episode.
The Swarm was front loaded with a lot of action. I don't want Tehan, Elek,and Jutin to sit around talking at the beginning of their next story, but there has to be a reason for them to take off on another adventure, so unless I can think of a way to force it onto them right away, I'm afraid that I'm looking at a slower pace in the opening chapters of book two. So I'm thinking, plotting, and planning all sorts of misfortune for the trio. One of those ideas will be the right one. It might seem cruel, but it beats fretting over my submission.