I have been mostly open with what has been happening as far as The Raven Chronicles is concerned, barring the intimate details that aren’t public business. Over the course of the summer, LUCIDITY has been in its editing phase, and my editor and I have decided to change the course of the series. And so, here is my explanation to you, since it means there will be a little more waiting on your part.
Some months ago, I asked another editor what her advice for the series would be. She quite frankly told me that The Raven Chronicles, as much as I once was so very proud of it and my accomplishments, has been sucking the joy out of my writing career due to all the drama that was surrounding it.
She is right.
She further advised me to stop bothering with it — but in much nicer words. I agree with her, to a fault. I don’t want to NOT publish LUCIDITY because I’ve had it done for over two years now, and it’s not fair to the readership I have left to just forever leave LUMINOSITY on its cliff hanger. On the other hand, I do want to move on from it. The drama that surrounded it has broken my heart and skewed my perception of the writing industry to the point where it is hard for me to find joy in the one thing that I loved doing above all else.
This year is my last year working full time. My family and I made this choice so that I could get back to putting my writing career back together. I spent a good amount of time building it up, just to have it crumble down around me while everything surrounding The Raven Chronicles festered. I don’t want it to win. I want to win. I want to keep after my dreams and not let this nonsense get in my way.
For this reason, I’ve decided to not write book three of The Raven Chronicles trilogy. It will end with book two. In order to do this, I will have to amend more chapters to LUCIDITY so that it has a satisfying ending that is in line with my end goal for the trilogy. So, I need a little more time to rewrite the ending.
I know it is probably not what you want to hear, but it is what is best. I have other WIPs that are just as awesome that I rather focus on. The experience surrounding The Raven Chronicles has been draining. It’s been unfair. It’s been a wake up call. Most of all, though, it’s been a learning experience. All writers go through something shitty, and they learn from it, and they move on.
So, I have learned, and with your support, I’d love to move on.
This article was written by Stephanie