I just love spending time there! I started drawing a map of my fictional village and I've even labeled all the buildings and landmarks I've already named. I finished the 3rd draft of FP yesterday at 2:06 p.m. after pulling an all-nighter. I hadn't planned to stay up, but when I stopped to check the clock it was 4 a.m. I thought I only had a little bit left, so I kept going. Then it was 6 a.m. At 8, I just decided to stay on the computer until the manuscript was done. Except for potty breaks and caffeine.
Today was supposed to be a relaxing day with me checking in at school. Didn't happen. I ended up working on my map. And then the voices returned. 3 couples are now vying for my attention. 2 contemporary ones who live in my fictional Scottish Highland village and 1 suspense one from RI. I pretty much know which book will be next, but I really don't have the time to start on it. The day job's about to kick into high gear.
But, I don't want to leave my village. It's so calm and peaceful there, and beautiful despite all the rain. And the people are so friendly. Well, most of them. And I'm so calm and peaceful when I'm there. Well, most of the time. There's just so much to explore, so many people to understand. For a while today, I started asking myself if I wasn't worn out from all the Scottish influences and the time I spend "in my village". But I can see this series as plain as day. I can envision the lives, loves, pain and cruelty associated with all the characters I already know. So, the bottom line is this. It's a place and a people that I adore spending time with. I want this town to live in other people's minds. I want people to read these books and count down the days until the next one comes out.
I want it bad.