Mad World Update & Fool Me Twice Status

Your update link: Mad World – Chapter Thirty-Seven.

In Case You Missed It: Untitled Flash Fiction Series, Part 1.

So, last night, I decided to write a flash fiction. It’s a nugget of an idea I’ve had rolling around in my brain for a few weeks since I started rereading the JD Robb In Death series and wondered what it would be like Liz really had to face Jason’s job. My brain pulls some weird inspirations sometimes. It’s not titled, but I hope to get back into writing flash fiction more often.

I’m also happy to report that I’ve made a choice regarding Fool Me Twice. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to get done the full 37 chapters by October 31 because it took me about three weeks to get into the swing of things at school. Like I said, when I constructed the production schedule, I hadn’t been hired as a long-term sub.

I’d always planned to split FMT into two books (like Bittersweet) but I did the math and realized that all of the plots and characters I wanted to cover in 37 chapters meant I’d end up with a book about 185k words long — about twice the size of a traditional novel. I usually get to about 150k before I start feeling uncomfortable. (MW is about 145k and The Best Thing is 154k). Anything over that is just…way too long and it generally means my plot isn’t tight enough.

So I’ll be splitting FMT into a trilogy like Mad World, and Book 1 will be 19 chapters. This is great news for you guys because it means I can still finish FMT on schedule for Oct 31, you guys still get a new story in February, and then I can keep my schedule moving along.  I have to tweak a few things but to be honest, once I decided to do that, I realized how perfectly Chapter 19 had been plotted to be the end of the book.  I’m already done seven chapters, so I can totally finish the last twelve chapters in a month now that my schedule is sorted and I’ve set up a writing space at home that really works for me.

In other news, I’m closer to nailing down a full plot for Mad World 3. I have the umbrella story (Carly’s kidnapping, the serial rapist, and now something new) but it needs to be integrated properly. I’ve enjoyed writing the larger GH universe in MW and you guys seem to like it too. Hopefully, you’ll have Book 3 by this time next fall.

Lots of busy stuff happening at CG! I’ll see you guys later this week with the next chapter. I’m curious as to what you guys think about the new turn Chapter 37 takes.


  • I love the new turn but there are so many ways this could go. Good and bad. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens.

    According to nanci on September 30, 2019