I’m resetting—I mean, restarting, in a way. Crossworlds needs a stronger beginning than what “The Mansion’s Twins” is in it’s current state. So, while I continue to look ahead and plan Sent From a Dream, I’m also going to be revising “The Mansion’s Twins.”
I don’t think the changes will be drastic. Mainly, I’m looking at cutting a whole lot of scenes so the book is more focused and less confusing. We’ve got a lot of characters running around, and a lot of side plots. Everything I decide to cut will be saved, and posted in the “Bonus Material” section of this website. It all still happened, so if you’ve read “The Mansion’s Twins,” you’ve read the special extended edition. I’m not going to alter the plot. I mean, I’m going to call those weird little dog/bat things “Bogglets” instead of “Bogs,” but really, nothing serious.
When I first tried to get “The Mansion’s Twins” ready to publish, I got all kinds of suggestions to cut this or shorten that, and even to remove certain characters. The trouble was, with it being the beginning of a big old series and not just a single book, all of those cuts would affect things later on. I did consider every single one, and believe it or not, I did cut out quite a bit. But I just couldn’t find a way to make every cut work. And I was very, very, impatient. It seemed like if I didn’t publish immediately, I’d miss my chance.
But that was when I was new at this. I still consider myself a beginner, but I’m better off now, and I know this is the right thing to do. Now, I actually have better ideas as to how to make these cuts work.
I’ll keep you updated on my slow progress, the weird thoughts, the possibilities, and revelations along the way. Again, I’m really not going to change much when it comes to the plot. I’m doing this to improve the writing, the quality, and your ready experience as a whole. So. We’ll see, won’t we?