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“When’s your next book coming out?” He asked.

“It will probably be a month or so.” I answered.

“What’s this one going to be about?”

“Well, I’ve got three I’m working on, but the active one is a fantasy Mage story.”

“You’re working on three at one time?”

“Yes, and no. When I start writing one, and it loses its ‘spark’ let’s call it, I set it aside to simmer. I start another one and continue.”

“Doesn’t that get confusing? All those stories going on in your head?”

“Not really, for me it’s like watching a TV show, then changing the channel to watch something new. When the new one goes off, I turn it back to the old one and finish watching it.” And I’ve got a lot of ideas I just make a few notes about to ponder a story line later.”

“Sounds like a lot to keep track of.”

“God gave me a wonderful imagination, there is always something going on in there. It did get me into some trouble as a kid though.”

He laughed, “I bet.” What books do you have on the simmer?

I smiled, “Are you trying to find out the chef’s ingredients?”

He smiled back, “nope just reading the menu,”

“One is a post-apocalyptic western. Society has collapsed, and big cities fed on themselves to destruction. Populations fled them to survive. The old west law became the new law.”

“Sounds interesting. What else ya got?

“Another is a Wizard story. An orphan is caught in the crossfire of two wizards fighting. They destroy each other, in the power overload and explosion, the orphan gets their combined powers.”

“Any Sci-fi?”

“Yeah but that one is in its early stages of simmering. It’s a military sci-fi. Earth is invaded. Our military is pushed back on all fronts. The twist is, the aliens use human brains to operate their war machines like computers. But humans being humans, that may not have been the alien’s best idea.”

“How long all this simmering going to take, and what about sequels?”

“The sequels are simmering too, they may cut the line and become active, I don’t know yet.”

“So, you don’t have all your stories planned out?”

I laughed. “Not even close. I’m a pantser, meaning I write by the seat of my pants. I get an idea, I turn my imagination loose, and just sit down and start writing. For me it’s kind of like reading a new book, even I don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s part of the reason I’ve enjoyed writing so much. There is a whole library in my head. Granted there are a lot of misspelled word in them. I don’t have spell check up there.”

“Well, get back to work, you need to get more of your library on paper.”

“Working on it!”

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