I’m afraid so. My muse is an odd, capricious creature, indeed—as I am partly Irish, I suspect some Leprechaun blood runs in her veins. But first, let’s talk AMM.
At the Mercy of the Mind now possesses a subtitle (which is a surprise I’m saving for the release) and some twenty-odd illustrations, including several pictures of a young Master Sherlock E. Holmes. ^_^ My beta has been cutting a good clip through the stories; the book is 80% edited. (Actually, as of last night, it’s 90% edited on my beta’s side—and still 80% on my side. *blushes*) The foreword and acknowledgments are also typed up!
Can we see the book by the end of the month? It’s entirely possible!
Now, as to the novel concept. No working title at this time, just an idea brought about by a couple of supernatural fanfics I’ve read recently: The Light of Pure Reason (one of the best Holmes-in-the-21st-century fics ever!) and Westron Wynde’s duology, The Case of the Dead Detective and The Haunting of Dr. Watson. All three star Sherlock Holmes as a ghost (the poor dear!). Of course, my muse would be inspired by this.
The idea? Holmes is not a ghost, per se. Rather, he is forced into limbo because a certain mathematical genius tampers with time to ensure that Sherlock Holmes was never born. However, rather than Holmes’s existence ending altogether, the detective survives in spirit-form, unable to retain his body in a world that no longer knows him. The workings of time and divine purpose cannot be altered so casually, however; so it is up to Holmes to restore the time-space continuum and return to his physical form.
His helpers? The only three people in the world who still remember him and don’t understand what’s wrong either with the world or themselves: John Watson, Mycroft Holmes, and Geoffrey Lestrade.
And Sherlock Holmes will find that his struggles are not against earthly powers alone…
Sound good to you? Personally, the idea intrigues me. However, Deliver Us From Evil and Merged still take priority.
I promise it won’t be so long ‘til my next post this time, and I’m sorry I’ve been silent for so long!