Now that I'm done with my National Novel Marketing Month, it's back to business as usual. The only problem is, how do I choose which project to focus on this month?
It's bad enough that June is a month when other job responsibilities crowd in and make writing difficult. But my own tendencies toward--ooh, look at that shiny new thing! oops...sorry--ADHD combined with NaNoWriMo, which encourages writing a rough draft to a new novel every 6 months to a year, has given me a small but growing pile of works in progress that are just begging for my love to set them free.
It's not just the projects themselves that are calling to me. I am blessed to have wonderful fans, who have read all of my books, and are clamoring for more. I LOVE the fact that I have so many of these fans, and I want to please every one of them. The only problem is, they all seem to have different projects they want to see me complete.
There are the fans of my d'Arcy W. Carter series, who want the next book...and then the next and the next and the next. My latest in this series just came out last month, and now there are people who have read it and want another one immediately. I'm working on one, guys, I promise you!
Then there are the fans who know I've been working on a series called THE ADVENTURES OF MEGGIE McFATE. They're intrigued by the set-up--an anthropologist thrown into the wilds of Vietnam in the Summer of 1965. They want to read this book series, too.
Those fans who know about my young adult Norse mythology series want me to work on those books. This one's the toughest one for me, because there will be 8 books, and they're all inter-connected, and so I feel I can't get the first one published until at least the first rough draft of all the rest exist in some form or another.
And then there's that steampunk time travel mystery I started last year, which has it's own set of fans.
Not to mention there's a book rattling around in my head, the inspiration of which came to me while reading THE TIGER'S WIFE.
I'd like to be able to work on all of these projects, all at once, but that's just not possible. So here's my status update on each one:
--For those fans of d'Arcy W. Carter: PROPHET WITHOUT HONOR is about halfway through the first draft. I plan to finish the first draft in August.
--Those waiting patiently for Meggie McFate: I had a serious editing session in March on this one. I hope to finish it sometime this year and work on getting it published. Meanwhile, I may also try to sell this one in film form.
--Norse Mythology: I worked on the second book this past year, and will try to work on it in September, although since I am travelling to a location that is a setting for this book at the end of the month, I may brush it off before then. Book 2 is the Loki one.
--Steampunk: Maybe October for the next thrust on this one. October/Halloween and Steampunk go together in my book. It's all about the costumes.
--This list does not include my one-off projects, like Living on Tattooine the screenplay, or the same as a musical play. Those I work on when I can.
--As for June, I will use what little time I have to do the research for THE BOOK ON WAR AND PEACE, which draws inspiration from THE TIGER'S WIFE. It's not quite at the stage where I can comfortably write it, but I'd like it to be the one I devote my energies to in July for JulNoWriMo.
So, tell me...am I the only writer who has this problem with exploding novel ideas? Or is this part of the job description? I only know that it's hard to keep up. Not that I'm complaining about overabundance...