Before I get started, a quick thought on the comments from last week's entry:
With STARWIND mostly on pause until after the writing workshop, I'm back into plotting again. I've spent the past few days working my way through the pile of yellow papers covered in scribbles that accumulated while I was editing the book. There are a total of five different projects I have notes on, all in varying places in the process.
And dealing with this many plots at once is its own kind of highly variable hell.
I have a bunch of notes for a project that feels like it's a wash because I can't for the life of me figure out what the actual story is supposed to be. Another idea might as well be directed by Michael Bay, as it feels like it's a lot of awesome things but no real substance. A third could be interesting and unique or it could be just an excuse to try writing a poly relationship. And the fourth is something I want to write so badly that having it not work out feels like something's going seriously wrong with my life.
The worst of that last one is that it started as something completely different. I made up two sort-of secondary characters, and they swiftly took over the entire thing and said no, the story was about them. And now I can't figure out what that story is. I'm focusing on what needs to happen for these two, but it's like pulling teeth. What's worse is that I can't help thinking anything that comes out of this plot will be yet another story of mine where I'm utterly fascinated with the characters and the way they interact but no one else gives a damn. And I've written enough of those already - hell, I spent six months querying one.
The only good thing to come out of all the plotting is the sequel to STARWIND, which is coming along well. I have an outline of the plot, notes on three new characters with more surely to come, and a scattering of events that need to take place over the course of the story. I am incredibly thankful for this. With everything else that's happening (or more precisely, not happening) with all the other plots, it's a huge relief to have something go right that could end up being quite important to have.
Especially if multiple sequential miracles occur and I actually get to do the seven-book series I have planned for this thing.
Next week: IWSG. Depending on how the next week goes, it'll either be full of gushing encouragement or yet another bitter ramble.