This has started out to be a strange, busy week. I have a number of things to finish up at work, but none of them really require me to spend more than an hour or so here or there working on them. I was in a bit of a panic over something that happened to a friend yesterday, and discovered later that it was really nothing. I’m preparing to head back to Indiana for a week, and dreading the time I’ll spend on the road, and even a little of the time back home, because I know it’ll be full of stress.
And I’m looking at what I have for writing.
I finished up a rather large chapter of Kolor Ijo last night, and I have another to do tonight and another to do in a few days, but the tale of the tape shows there are five chapters–including the one I should do tonight–and about sixteen thousand words ahead of me remaining, and then the pass through this edit is over. I was fortunate that I’d figured out the mystery ahead of time, because it made things easier when it came to writing it out, and I don’t have any discernible plot holes staring me in the face. Given the amount of work left, I will finish Kolor Ijo this weekend. And then come the question–
Uh, no: not that one. It’s the one about what comes next. The one I’m always having.
This is where I need to get disciplined about what to do, because there’s more to writing and, um, writing. Creating is one thing, but getting that creation out there for people to see is another, and I’m solely lacking in the later. Since 2011 I’ve only managed to publish three things, and nothing new has gone out in three years. That wasn’t my real plan when I started on this trip, and getting behind another big project is going to press me further from getting another work out there. It’s great to be writing, but it’s also great to have people reading your writing. And plopping down a few coins for the pleasure of doing so.
Hate to say it, but concentrating on writing three stories–a novelette and two novels–in the last two years has pushed everything to the back burner. And while the urge to get into writing another novel is high, the urge to get something out for people to buy is even higher. And it’s needed, because I can’t keep working in a vacuum with my writing.
It’s my intention to stick to my schedule as I planed it a few weeks back: continue editing Kolor Ijo and get it ready for publication. Now that I have B For Bewitching mostly plotted out, I can start the process of working it out in my head even more, so that when I do begin writing, I’ll know the literary route I must take. Really, the most difficult thing I’m dealing with now if finding covers for my books, but I’m working on that, trust me–
I’m guessing that if any new writing starts, it’ll come around the first of May.
That gives me a whole month to get organized . . .