I realize you all already know this.
But, I just thought I’d mention, a few weeks ago, several people happened to write me a super-nice letter, or series of tweets in one case, about The Floating Islands and The Sphere of the Winds. These all happened to arrive in quick succession, one right after the other.
As a result, I paused the other things I was working on, re-read bits of both books, then sat down and wrote a quick outline of important scenes for a third book in this series.
True, at a couple of points, the outline says merely: Stuff Happens. Nevertheless, I now have a much clearer idea of how the book should open, several crucial and fun scenes, and (roughly) how it ends. I mean, I already had a basic notion about how I’d like to handle the central problem. I know exactly how I’d like the world to be better at the end than it is at the start. But I do have a significantly clearer notion about all that now, plus a good many details along the way.
Will I write this third book? Don’t know. Could I write it? Sure. Am I inclined to write it? Despite no prospect of getting rights back to the first book, maybe. I’m certainly a lot more inclined to write it than I was last month.
That’s a direct result of those letters.