It’s been an awful long time since I posted anything on the Erth Dragons blog, but with the season of goodwill upon us, I thought it only right to reconnect with any dragon fans who happen to land on this site.
There are a few reasons for the long absence. First, it’s been a quiet year for me in terms of writing. I completed THE NEW AGE, the last of the Erth Dragons books, some twelve months ago and I’ve barely written a thing since. As it happened, I needed some time off to look after my wife, Jay, (she had a complex operation at the start of the year). So with no more deadlines to fulfil, I grabbed the ‘holiday’ while I could. All three Erth Dragons books are now published and probably quiescent in the UK, but they are still very active in North America. Indeed, the paperback of DARK WYNG is due for release two days from now on December 26th. And on February 26th 2019 THE NEW AGE will appear in hardback, with the paperback to follow a year later. THE NEW AGE is a great book. My favourite of the series. I’ll say a little more about it when February swings around.
The second reason for my break from writing is because of the last post I put up, the one about the data protection laws. I get very depressed when I’m expected to deal with legislation like that. It kind of poisons my creative drive. I realise it’s important for people to have their privacy – as a semi-public figure I value it myself – but when I’m forced to write a 1000 word document just to tell people I’m not going to broadcast their data all over the Internet (I’m not even sure I’d know how to if I could) I get very disillusioned with the world generally. I’ve deleted that stupid post now. You can still read my tedious GDPR page if you like. But honestly, does anyone really want to?
Another reason for the break is that I always need to regroup after completing a big series like The Last Dragon Chronicles or The Erth Dragons. So I’ve spent many months considering what to do next. I’ve already said in a previous post that I won’t be writing about dragons any more. I’m thinking instead about trying a few standalone novels. I would like to put fantasy aside for a while and go back to writing domestic dramas. Knowing me, there will be an element of strangeness in anything I produce, but until I sit at the keyboard again and explore some of the many ideas Jay and I have been kicking around, I can’t really say which direction I’m going to take. The good news is I WILL begin writing again in January once the hullaballoo of the festive season has passed. For more information on where I go next, you’ll probably have to start reading my new Chris d’Lacey blog, which will go live in the New Year. More about that, with a link, in the next post.
In the meantime, I wish anyone reading this a very happy and peaceful Christmas. Enjoy Dark Wyng if it turns up under your tree. And remember, you don’t have long to wait until the culmination of the series in February, when my adventures in the world of dragons will probably be complete. Hrrr!