It’s been waaay too long since I last posted anything, so I thought it was high time for me to roar from the depths of my hiatus — RRROAAAWWRGH!
How’s NaNoWriMo going for you brave nutters taking it on? Hope you’re killing it!
As you might (or mightn’t) know, I’m currently busy changing diapers and hunting smiles, instead of chasing fugitives on distant colonies and fighting aliens. But that’s only temporary. My baby girl is growing at warp 9, so I’ll get back to writing in no time, and of course to blogging as well. I’ll even do an overhaul of ye olde blog, with a new theme and agenda, the whole shebang. Yaay!
So. Fiction update.
My WIP — which is my very first science-fiction novel — is still hanging on a thread: the last quarter of it needs be rewritten. Then, of course, it needs beta readers, some good punching and kicking and likely another serious trimming, not to mention EDITING, before it’s “ready” for querying. Which will probably also take a long time. If that goes well, there comes editorial comments and another rewrite. If it doesn’t go well, there comes professional editing. However you slice it, there’s more work. I get dizzy just thinking about it. SO much left to do… ugh.
And it’s only book ONE in a trilogy…
And I’ve been at it for 3 years now…
I feel like I’ll be working on this project for another decade at least.
*starts rocking herself*
So… I’ve been toying with ideas for a new novel lately. Might be the hormones, or the diaper fumes, but this is a first for me. You see, I’m the type of gal who sticks to a project and only THAT project until it’s done, finito, komplett, perfect. So thinking about a new story feels rather itchy and strange, like venturing into murky waters filled with caimans and piranhas and… magical goldfish… SHINY GOLDFISH! NEW IDEAS. NEW STORIES. Holy crap!
Maybe it’s time I tried something new… Maybe I’m just tired of working on the same project for so long without any real feedback… Maybe I’m just bored. Maybe the muse decided my butt is up for kicking in a new way. Who knows.
How do you guys deal with situations like these?
When you’ve invested so much into one project, and then, short of the finish line, you start to wonder if you should just tuck it away as a lengthy exercise in prose mastery and start fresh. What do you do?
I also imagine it’s likely the weight of the unwritten Book Two and Book Three which make my WIP seem so unwieldy at the moment. Should I make the most of that unpolished last quarter and change it into a stand alone?
What say you?