Succubus Summoning 201 is finally done, dusted, and out for you all to buy (aside from the print version, but I'm just waiting on the artist for the full coverflat of that). That's a great weight off my shoulders. While it was in an unfinished state I was in an awkward situation of wanting to move onto other ideas, but feeling like I couldn't because the arc was still incomplete.
So what now?
Here's a list of various things I'm planning on getting stuck into over the next few months/year.
First up I want to get the H-space Monster Girl Bestiary back to its regular weekly slot. There will be a few slight changes. The last few entries had started to creep up to 2K+ mini-stories, which wasn't the original purpose. I'm planning to spend the next week or so writing up the various ideas that have accumulated in my notebook so I have a nice surplus to post weekly while working on other stuff.
Literotica's Halloween Contest is on the way. Last year I wanted to enter as many short stories as I could and ended up with just two (although missing the deadline with "A Chance Glance..." likely resulted in it being a better story overall). Writing the Nurse Honey story "Last Night of Freedom" under ridiculously tight time constraints for the A Night at McHooligans ebook taster showed me I could do it when sufficiently prodded. I'm thinking of using the month around the contest as an experiment - a sort of coin-operated Hydra where some of the choices are made by the audience, i.e. you. I doubt it will be fully interactive, more like a series of options decided by vote or first response, and then I have 2-3 days to get a 5K story based on those options entered into Lit's contest. Possibly something like what Lunareth has done with their Queen of Butts series. We might end up with 5-10 cool stories, or I might break down into a quivering heap after a week. Who knows. Might be fun.
More on that next week once I've had a think on the framing device and how to make it work.
After that silliness the next step is make the Sandwiched by series a thing again. I got halfway through Sandwiched by Stomachs before it got knocked aside by more pressing concerns.
The reason why I want to make Sandwiched by work is because it was a test case for a proper serial with continuity - Okasare Kenny. I always intended that to be an ebook novella series and then in a fit of madness tried to turn it into a daily serial on my blog right after doing the Let's Play of Monmusu Quest: Paradox. That did not go so well as I predictably burnt out from the posting schedule after a couple of weeks and had to halt it. I liked the original idea though - 13 monster girls, each in their own novella in a monthly serial spread out over a year. Given what happened with Sandwiched by I don't think writing it month by month will work. For that one I'll need most of it, likely at least the first 8 or 9 chapters, in the bank before I start publishing.
Another thing I want to write is a novel idea featuring Nicole. This is something I've had plotted out in my head for a while. I wrote an opening chapter a while back, but it was another of those ideas I felt too guilty to push further while the Succubus Summoning 201 arc was still unfinished.
Which leads us to Succubus Summoning 301. Phil's adventures clearly aren't over yet, but after the way 201 dragged out, I know I need a short break to work on something completely different so I can clear my head and get enthusiastic about the series again. This will likely be the book I move onto once the Nicole novel is done.
Anyway, this is a rough plan of what I think I'll be working on over the next year. Of course, #ChaosWriting might throw me off in other directions, but I won't mind so long as those are productive directions.