Hello to all of my introvert friends! To those of you who are introverts by nature, congratulations. And to all of you who are introverts by government mandate...I'm sorry.
Yesterday was a beautiful day. All non-essential stores are shutting down today, so I took yesterday to support local businesses. Meaning I bought yarn and frozen yogurt. It's not like I haven't left the house in the past two weeks. I'm the primary grocery-getter since I have the strongest immune system in my family, and we go to the park a lot to use their walking trail. But I was so happy to be in Joanne's Fabrics. It was glorious.
Even better, after our online church service, we watched AFV as a family. Well, minus my sister, who has stolen my ex-best-friend and spent all evening FaceTiming her. But that's alright. See, when I was little, we'd watch AFV every Friday night. We stopped when we moved to Texas for some reason, but I still love that show.
And even better than that?
I finished the rough draft to Book Number Three in the Clouds Aflame series.
"Did you have fun?" God asked me when I lay back to rest my screen-weary eyes after ending the final poem. In truth, I have had fun. I've introduced a few new characters who are very fun to work with. One of them looks like me. One of them is based on a friend I went to high school with. And, of course, I get to explore new facets of the existing characters. That's always fun.
The finished product is a bit shorter than I expected. It's around 60,000 words. For perspective, Where the Clouds Catch Fire is 75,000 words or thereabouts, and Where I Stand is almost exactly 90,000. But I'm not worried. The rough draft for Where the Clouds Catch Fire was less than 50,000 words long, and I still haven't added Lukas's journal entries. For whatever reason, I always add them after completing the rest of the narrative.
I remember the day I got the idea for the story. I was probably fourteen or fifteen, in the middle of an epic Nerf war with my sister and my aforementioned ex-best-friend. I didn't particularly care for Nerf wars. I'd only participate if I was allowed to wear a cloak and fight with my toy longbow instead of a Nerf gun.
At one point, I was hiding in the bathroom. I was behind the door, still and silent, cloaked and hooded, a loaded longbow in my hands. I glanced at my reflection in the mirror across from me and thought, "This is pretty cool. I should make a book."
I paused the war, jotted down an idea, and the rest is history.
What do you hope to see in Clouds Aflame Book 3? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you, dear readers, and don't forget to look us up on Kindle Unlimited!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.