The second Robinsons book is well underway. I'm about a third of the way through the first draft. Currently I've broken my outline about a half-dozen times, which is a record low. The outlining process took a while, but I think the story arcs are really strong and I'm really excited to see how well they're holding up.
Influences: While I've been writing I've also been reading. I brought myself up-to-date on the wonderful Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer before reading J.K Rowling's latest, The Cuckoo's Calling. Next I took a leap into the complete unknown and read Iain Banks' novel The Wasp Factory, followed by John LeCarre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
It was only afterward that I noticed I'd taken a literary tread through Ireland, England, Scotland, then England again. The tone of these books also became progressively darker, as those who have read them can attest. I'm not quite sure what I'm going to read next. The Robinsons' Quantum Entanglement is going to be dark, but not The Spy Who Came in From the Cold dark. That's bordering on cruel. Fantastic book, though.
I'm going to bury myself in writing for a while and see how far I get without a break. RQE already has quite a bit of darkness baked in, so I'm thinking the next thing I read should be something light and fun. Maybe one of Stephen King's new books. :)