Still life with orcs and dragons

I have yet to find the proper method of dealing with post-book blahs. It’s been about a month since RAVENOUS went off to eat my editor, or vice versa.  Of course I want to be assured it is the most wonderfulest book ever, but on the other hand it’s kind of nice not having to look at it for a while.

Wise people would be cranking out new chapters.  That’s not me. I’ve spent the intervening time slaying an inconvenient dragon (not writing-related), so it’s not like I’ve been sitting on the back porch drinking beer.  No slacking here, but now that dragon is drake kebab, and I need to get going on the next book. I’m ready. 

Sadly, my muse is at the cleaners. Orcs in pursuit of a scorched earth policy have tramped through my brain with flame-throwers. I know what the next book is about, but my storyland still hasn’t bounced back.  I’m not shocked—this happens with every book. In a week or so, I’ll be fine. I just need some un-dragony down time, playing in the herb patch and wasting time at outdoor markets.

Which leads me to the question—does everybody feel like road kill after they finish a book and, if so, how long does it last?


  1. Awesome, image-rich blog post. I think it’s good to take some time in between projects. Writers tend to think of their brains as mere tools but they need rest and relaxation and the occasional distraction. The muse will thank us for it in the long run, I think. As for how long the rest required, I imagine the longer the book the longer the mental vacation needed.

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