Yes, I'm still editing. Ask me again next week and - actually, by this time next week, I hope to have finished editing, fixed all the little things that I didn't catch on the line edit, and sent the book out to my awesome beta readers and be working on another project.
Which, incidentally, is what this entry is about.
For obvious reasons, I still have my head deep in The Book of Lost Runes. I haven't had much luck or made much progress with any other project ever since I started editing it. While I've taken a few notes on other plots-in-progress, mostly bits and pieces of character and setting stuff for books that refuse to tell me what the hell their story is actually supposed to be, that's about it. And it's frustrating, because I was hoping I'd be able to both edit this book and plot some other stuff.
I do have about two pages of notes for the sequel to BOLR, though, and some of that takes things closer to the "Indiana Jones meets Ocean's Eleven" concept that I had for the first book but sort of moved away from. I already have one moment of genuine awesome planned. It's entirely possible I'll plot the whole book around getting to that moment. But I digress.
As I've talked about here before, I have notes and plans for a ton of different projects. And like everybody else, I have a limited number of hours in the day. I want to spend more of that time working on all these different things, but when I sit down to do that, it's like there's nothing there. I'll be able to figure out a few things from these stories I'm trying to tell, but nothing more, because I still have this one big project I'm working on.
It's like writer's block in reverse - I'm blocked because of what I've already written. I know life's not fair, but this is ridiculous.
And even after I send BOLR out to pre-readers, that won't be the end of working with it. There will be further edits, I know that; I'm nowhere near good enough to have written a book that only gets positive criticism and nowhere near egotistical enough to think I did. I'll have to work on a query letter, which I'm already dreading, and a synopsis, which I'm already loathing. There's also the agent search, but that's less "creative work" and more "please love me".
Like a lot of my fears or worries or concerns that I write about here, I know this shouldn't get to me as much as it does. From what I've gathered about reading others' writing processes and all that, working on several books at once isn't all that common. (Brandon Sanderson being a notable exception, as his work in progress bar on his site has four different projects on it and I don't know how the hell he does it.) But I want to do more. I always want to do more.
So, dear readers, I must ask: am I alone in this? If I'm not, how do you handle it? Judging by the comments I got on one of last month's entries, I have more projects in various stages of development than most people who read this. But I can't be the only one who has this sort of trouble. (Ye gods, I hope not.) I'd appreciate any advice.
Even if it's just to remind me that I'm thinking too much, as per usual.