Having a holiday abroad for most folks involves resting, relaxing, eating, drinking and probably exploring the local culture and landscape.
I like to do that do, especially the exploring part, because it lays the seeds for my later novels. This is especially true for Aquasapien, just about every location in the book I've travelled to (excluding a couple of far-off places like travelling up the Amazon in a canoe or hiding in an unpopulated rock in the Indian Sea). For the planned follow-up novel Aquasapien - Prodigy you are likely to see a chapter set in Lesvos as a result of staying in Molyvos. This Island is amazing and a forgotten Greek Gem - fortunately for us. There are plenty of places and scenic routes I can incorporate into the next story and I'm excited to begin this project in the near future.
Meanwhile, I'm not writing any more Aqua at present, though the outline and first few chapters of Prodigy are written. Currently, I'm concentrating on the follow-up novel for Witch on the Warpath, Gristle's Revenge.
I've spent almost every afternoon on a sunbed under a parasol by the pool, or stayed up in the early hours in bed re-writing whole sections of the first draft of this second exciting novel. It's taken almost all my free time, I stopped reading the books I brought with me after two novels I was so captured by the characters and the plot. It's been a great opportunity to nit-pick it to pieces, proof edit and re-build it more fully. The original draft had a lot of telling in places, now I hope it's more show and less tell as a result of my rewrites.
Next, will come the proof editing stage and the consideration for possible illustrations. I have a great cover illustrator now so I'll be seeing if she is interesting in designing the next cover and doing any other pieces that I don't decide to do myself. It will be a cost related activity as money isn't pouring in and finances are an issue.