Hey and howdy, my lovelies! We’re a week and a day away from the release of Broken Down and I’m soooo excited…when I’m not staring at the TV in zombie mode.
March was a scramble to finish off two projects. Game of Lies is turned in and ready for edits, and I managed to finish the first draft of Sultry. I’ve been putting off the first round of revisions, even though the hard part (the draft) is done. Part of it was because it was such a tough story to write in the first place, and I want some more distance before I take another crack at it. And part of it is because there’s little things that are bugging me about the two characters and I’m not sure how to fix them, so I’m gonna wait a bit longer to see if something pops loose.
I still haven’t settled on my next project. I’ve been picking the one that I feel like working on at the moment and writing until I don’t have any more words for it. Sometimes that’s a full day’s word count, sometimes it’s more like 200 words. Because I actually want to finish one of these books, I’ve been pushing to get to at least 500 so I feel like I’ve accomplished something.
The last few months were tough, creativity-wise. Most of my energy was focused on Cass and Nick and their story, and what little I had left over was spent on Sultry. The desire to work on one of my other projects was there, as were the ideas, but the actual drive? Not so much. Right now, each story stands at chapter 5. Like, I’m chapter 5 on all three projects. It’s a weird bit of symmetry. I’m tempted to just keep picking away at each of them a chapter at a time until they’re all done, but that would take longer and I don’t have the patience.
And to add to it, I worked out a major stumbling block for Impulse Control. It means a fairly significant revision of the first third of the book, and right now I’m in the process of re-writing chapter 5 (ha!). Still not sure what I’m going to do once the book is finished. It’s not a standalone; while there’s a happy ever after, it’s not the end of Jane and Logan’s story. Committing to publishing it (whether it’s through a publisher or self-publishing it) means committing to telling the rest of the story in a timely manner. Everything I’m working on now is meant to be part of a series. I honestly don’t know if I have the energy to work on more than two series at once, even if it means that only one book per series comes out each year.
Honestly? I’m pretty damn tired. The slow, slow progress I’m making on my other projects is giving my imagination time to regenerate and still move forward, but it’s not fast enough. I know if I just picked a story and finished it, it would be done and ready for submission by August, possibly earlier. Part of me is annoyed that I can’t find the energy to do this. I don’t feel I’ve reached a point in my career where I can afford to step back yet. But at the same time, I understand that if I don’t listen to those tired thoughts, I might reach a point where I don’t want to do this anymore. Ever. I don’t want to reach that point. And since I don’t have anything currently needing my attention, the thought of going slow through April is very appealing. So much so that I think I’m going to take the rest of this week off. Maybe that will help.
Speaking of slow…it’s taking forever to clear the weeds from my flower beds. I had plans to put in a cutting garden on one side of the house this year. Yeah. That’s been backburnered for next year. Clearing out the damn bulkhead at the end of our front yard is about as much as I can handle at the moment. But I’m most of the way through season one of The West Wing! I’ve been doing more yoga, too. I think I’ll do a post on that soon.
April sounds like a good month for self-care and recharging, don’t you think?