Crimsonstreak 2: Crimsonstreakier is nearing completion.
I can feel it.
So far, I have more than 80,000 words. I will probably be able to wrap things up in 5,000-6,000 words, making the sequel's main story about 10,000 words longer than the original. I find this incredibly interesting because at about 60,000 words in, I didn't know if I'd hit my 75,000 word target. Here I am now writing about how the sequel is even longer.
Obviously, I'm going to lose some of those words. I'm going to go through and hack away here once the first draft is finished. I've come to the realization that "finished" is a word that doesn't really work with writing. You'll find closure once a story is published, yes, but that doesn't necessarily mean a work is "finished."
Of course, now that I think about it, Crimsonstreak 2: Still Running may clock in even "heavier." I've left places in the manuscript for flashbacks, a technique I used extensively in the first book. These are essentially flash fiction pieces (250-500 words) that provide little vignettes into the characters. I've earmarked some sections for these little asides and imagine more will spring to mind when I read through the manuscript.
Exciting times here!