Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.
…but I’m going to do it anyway.
I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this April. I am still finishing my last month of school, which involves a business plan to write, as well as showing up for my full-time job and raising my daughter each day. Clearly I am not suffering from boredom with all the things I have to do.
Except that I am bored, at least a little bit, with the recent draft of The Dreamless City. I feel like I keep treading over the same ground, and I really want to know What Happens Next!! So, I have decided to set my recent draft aside for a month, let it get a little age on it, then I can look at it in May with a fresh set of eyes. I’ll have gotten some of the jitters out of my system.
I have to fess up to very bad habit of mine — I love, love, love to start new things. The rush of diving into a new project is huge. Can’t get enough of it, sooooo you can see how this is an issue when trying to write a book. There are a whole bunch of half-finished projects (and half-finished video games) in my wake.
So I was in a bit of a conundrum about what to do. I was feeling that itch to start something new, but I’m obviously not finished with my current book. The short story project took the edge off, but that was a small bandage to my growing preoccupation with Book Two. Nissa, Daschel, and Reynard have a new adventure that is even more exciting than the last (at least in my mind it is).
I have made a deal with myself… or is that a deal with the devil. I forget. I will give myself 30 days to get all of Book Two out of my system, then I can go back and put the finishing polish on The Dreamless City and get it out to beta readers. I figure that by the time I am done wrestling with one novel, I’ll be ready to switch back to the other one. We’ll see if this works…
…otherwise I may need to find a new hobby.
Oh, and my Camp NaNo word count after lunch is 500 words. Yay!