And now summer feels like it's coming to a close, even though that's really not the case. August always feels like "almost over". Having finished with the con probably adds to that.
So what now? In the "unreasonable goals" department, I had hoped to finish Way of the Shield by the con, but that wasn't going to happen. Honestly, given what I need to do, finishing by the end of the year might be the most honest goal I can give myself. And I think I can do that.
Beyond that? What else do I work on? In theory, I have plans for Book Two for Thorn, Holver Alley Crew and Maradaine Constabulary, but until one (or all!) of those are sold, that feels like putting the cart before the horse. I mean, why work on Thorn 2 if Constabulary is the one that gets picked up?
I've been thinking more and more about Space Opera. I have a setting for that, and the story to tell has been slowly forming in my subconscious. I've had several false-starts at what I called USS Banshee, but the more I tried, the less it worked, and the more it felt like Trek with the serial numbers filed off. I've come up with some new angles to explore my Space Opera verse, though... and we'll see which one clicks.
So those are the goals for the rest of the year: sell books and write more books. Sounds simple enough, no?