I will be the first to admit that I find myself in some strange quandaries from time-to-time. It’s always one thing or another, yeah? Because as soon as you have something out of the way you decide you want to–what? Go back to it once more? That makes sense.
I’m finding myself in that quandary right now. And if you know me, you know what I’m going to say:
Without anything to really work on last night, I was a bit bored.
The novel’s out of the way, so it’s time to take a rest. Only . . . I rested by writing.
“I can do anything I want today. I think I’ll . . . work on the timeline for the next novel.”
Yeah, that was me. I was into the timeline for the next book, after while I started in on the B For Bewitching trailer. Oh, I mean, I did other things, too. I did watch The Bourne Legacy yesterday, and watched Jeremy Renner kicking everyone’s butt while thinking, “Yeah, wait until Annie does that,” and watching for moves I think Kerry and she would employ. Oh, and I should point out that The Guardians have an office in Manila, The Philippines, where the end of The Bourne Legacy, so it’s highly likely my kids could visit there yesterday.
This is the crazy thing I ran into when I finished A For Advanced. I said I was going to take three months off and regroup and rest, and like a month later I’m starting on the novel. And I really, really don’t want to do that here, because I know it’s not going to be good for me. I do need the rest; I do need to just sit and not let myself feel as if I need to put a few hundred words in the bank every night.
Getting back into it too fast will make me want to stop. On the other hand . . . I’m so used to writing almost every night I don’t know what else to do.
Really, I do know what to do, and that’s get into the editing of the first book. It needed it, particularly if I’m going to get it published. One can’t sit around and say all the time, “It’ gonna get published,” and not set a date. I’ve been through with A For Advanced for over a year now–so when does it come out? Good question.
Right there is what I need to do: time line out the publishing sequence. I mean, that gives me goals to set, particularly since I’m going to publish the book in acts. Instead of worrying about what to write next, the thing to do is work on what needs to come out now. Otherwise those hundreds of thousands of words strung together don’t amount to much of anything. If all you do is write and never do anything with it, it’s become a kind of literary masturbation.
And really, we have enough people in the world engaged in that activity.
I don’t need to add to that pile.