I'm sitting around 27k right now and still have a couple more ideas I want to touch base on before I start clearing old ideas from the slate. If you've been keeping up, you'll see that I tend to juggle a lot of different ideas at once. Then, as the story progresses, I'll close up a few ideas and open up a few more. I like complicated and interesting, but I understand there's a limit before it's merely a kerfuffle.
So far, what feedback I've gotten, there seems to be a majority (I can only think of 1 exception, honestly) who enjoy the 3 part fights and the offset story lines that merge together at some point. Which is good. When you have this many developed characters, you don't want to leave anyone out.
No, I haven't decided on a title for this one yet. I've been tossing around the idea of calling it "Consequences" because this book is mostly about the consequences of M and company going public with their operation.
In other news. I may start work on this side story. Not enough to stop me from writing the main series, but I need to get this idea out of my head. It's starting to take over my idle moments like "Hitori" did. Note taking doesn't seem to be enough. I'm trying to refrain myself from getting involved in a second project, but we'll see.
Where "Hitori" is a historical piece of fiction, with mythological and paranormal ties, this new sidestory will be horror. The idea is simple: show a lifetime of mass murder from the eyes of the sociopath who's committing the crimes. Will it be graphically detailed? I doubt it. I do enjoy a good horror movie with blood and guts everywhere, but I tend to prefer the old school "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" approach. Give the audience the sense that something vile and graphic is going to happen, and then shut the door so all they can do is hear it. To me, that's better. So, I imagine it won't be much more detailed than the rest of the series. Okay, maybe a tad :P
Last bit of news. I have an artist reading "Hitori" with the idea of turning it into a graphic novel, or comic series. After I told him the main idea of the story, he wanted in right away. It was my idea to have him read it first. I don't want someone committing that kind of time and effort to a project that he doesn't fully enjoy. IF it happens, it won't be until sometime next year. He's working on a couple personal projects already, one of which is a 3 piece comic set. Once he completes it, I'll get you links to check it out. It's cool stuff so far.