Recently, I had a dream that I was riding a unicycle down a big hill of sand to the ocean. Then I noticed that the sand beneath me was disappearing as I rode over it, like it often does in video games. I realized that I would have to find another way back up to the top of the hill.
I knew I was dreaming but I was determined to find a way back up that hill. I even resisted waking up so I could do it. I just couldn’t start my day knowing I’d left something undone, even if it was in a dream.
I hate quitting. It gives me a bad taste in my mouth. On the other hand, sometimes you need to make a smart decision about where you spend your time and energy.
All of this is a long way to say that I’ve decided to end the Super Secret Series at two books. I originally wanted to have a five book series that ended with Penny’s last year in Super school. But between the low interest in the series and the swimming upstream required for me to write it, it looks like the right thing to do is to stop here.
I’m still incredibly proud of the work I’ve done on the series. I think that I’ve grown as a writer over the years and you can see that growth in these books. I also really like Penny’s story. As hard as it was to write, I think reading it is a fun ride. In those terms, the series has been successful and I’m grateful for that.
Maybe I shouldn’t think of this as quitting–I should think of this as a recalibration. The difference is that one is giving up entirely and the other is make a decision to go in another direction. Maybe I’ll come back to Penny’s story or maybe I’ll integrate her into another one.
So what happens next?
Right now I’m preparing to release a duet of the two books in the Super Secret series so new readers can get Penny’s whole story in one read. You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.
And I’m working on something new. It’s a little different than what I’m known for but I think you guys will like it. You’ll get the details soon. Until then, thanks so much for supporting me and my work.
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