I mentioned earlier my next novel was to be called The Palace of the Red Desert, and I dropped a few hints about what it was to be — a historical fantasy of sorts, drawing on an amalgam of Asian history for inspiration.
Over the last couple of weeks, though, I had a change of heart. Okay, more like a change of heart, mind, spirit, and ambitions.
The more I looked at the project I'd mapped out for myself, the more frustrated I got with it. It was the kind of thing I knew I wanted to tell, but it was also ... well, kinda dull. Fiction as liver: it was supposed to be good for you, but the number of people who read something because they're conscious of how it'll be "good for them" is hovering somewhere around zero. And of those who do read something in that vein, odds are most of them don't glean anything from the work in question they don't already have floating around somewhere inside them in the first place. Books are books, not liver or vitamins.
So I shelved it — at least for the time being, I haven't scrapped it entirely — and opened a new TiddlyWiki file.
I don't have much yet, just a title: Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Yes, it's a lift from the Prodigy album of the same name. I like the title; I always wanted to use it for something. So far, of the notes I've assembled, the title fits this project amazingly well.
Those of you close enough to me to exchange emails on a daily basis will know about this project in much greater detail in the coming weeks and months. Everyone else ... well, you'll just have to sit tight.
But if the admittedly tentative stuff I've jotted down just now goes in the direction I hope it does, it will be so worth the wait.