January has been the busiest month I can remember (I'm scared of what that might mean for the rest of the year). But I feel it's also been one of the most fruitful, especially because I completed Conduit's sequel! *tosses confetti into the air*
It's been exactly a year since I finished Conduit, and writing another story has been as exhausting and thrilling. But I also feel more of a sense of loss. Maybe because I got to know the characters a little more this time and saying goodbye (for now) is very nostalgic. I can't imagine what it will be like to be at the end of a series. Possibly awful, at this rate. I can see why some authors like to take it up to 10 books in a series: it's so hard to let go.
When I wrote Conduit, I had an audience. There was pressure, not just to upload on time every week, but to keep reader interest and to write chapters that make people come back for more. There was none of that with Aspect. It was a solo project, which made it all the more terrifying. And in some ways, I kind of liked the pressure. It kept me on my toes--which isn't to say that I slacked off with the sequel. But it's different. One thing I did like about writing the sequel is that I could afford to skip ahead, write scenes out of order, or to change them up without the risk of confusing readers. I did confuse myself often though.
In all, very pleased with the end result and excited to start on another project. There is never any rest for a writer. Worlds left to be explored, stories to be told, and all of that.