I am currently on a 2 or 3 night roll with my writing of Crystal City, the follow-up to Children of Fire and book 2 of 6 planned. And it is great. I’d actually forgotten what first draft novels felt like to write. I’ve done a few short stories lately, but one was an old start to COF with a new element introduced, which I scrapped for a more recent idea (taken from an Adventure Time episode, but more of a serious post-apocalypse setting that I haven’t worked out yet but am interested in fleshing out some time.
I don’t know whether I’ll do more Elemental series work straight after CC, I might give Zephyr Wind, my steampunk-with-supernatural-elements short stories another go, aiming to maybe turn them into novellas, since there’s so much going on in the first one.
I have a few other ideas, in various stages (none more than a chapter, actually).
The Silver Shard is an epic fantasy, not likely to be Grimdark but not entirely whimsical and light-hearted either. It’s what TvTropes calls “Magepunk”; if you’ve played the Eberron setting for D&D, it’s that. That will probably be a trilogy. The books might be pretty short. But I’m interested in one more try – I’ve tried to write a good first chapter about 3 times, and nothing’s stuck.
Ghost Titan is a mecha V kaiju book. No, Pacific Rim did NOT come up with Kaiju, those have been around forever in Japanese film. Godzilla is the iconic kaiju. That’s about how long it’s been around, though probably longer than him.
Aeon Force is going to be giant robots as well, though I *could* just combine the two. I have no idea where I’m going with Aeon Force. But it’s like a dark and gritty Power Rangers or Voltron or something. They tend to fight kaiju, but maybe they could fight terrorists instead? Mech vs mech, in other words. I could recycle some elements from the stuff I wrote as a teen, which is where COF got its characters from, but I’d be using stuff I never actually wrote.
So many ideas, many of which were simply to stretch my muscles and do “something else” for a bit. And that’s not to mention old stuff, like Swords and Spirits, (epic fantasy, YA) or Shift Chaser (superhero with a parallel-universe shapeshifter) if I ever want to go back to them (probably not).