I managed to wrangle some free time Sunday night to sit down and look over my “to finish” list and figure out what’s going on with my writing folder. The short answer seems to be that there’s a whole hell of a lot going on. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Book #1. Book #1 is written to the end of chapter seven and hasn’t been touched in a few months. I haven’t touched it because I realized during the writing of chapter 7 that Book #1 is not a standalone book. It appears to be the first part of a trilogy, and it takes me time to get the gears in my head to switch over to be prepared for that. Writing a single book takes a lot of effort; suddenly realizing it’s the first of three requires even more effort. I am determined to get back to Book #1. It’s an idea I’ve been working on since 2009, and I would love to finally have a draft I can show people by the end of 2012. Three years is enough lolly-gagging.
Book #2 & Book #3. I’m counting these as a single entity because so far they’re only in my head right now. They will be the sequels to Book #1. There may even be a fourth book from a different perspective, but I refuse to say more about that until I have to.
Novella about lighthouses and secretary birds. I don’t have a shorter name for it than that right now. All I’m certain about is that it will likely be over 10,000 words, but it may not be novel-length. This one needs some research before I can sink into it. I’ve been browsing books at the library trying to figure out where to start, and I think I’ll just have to jump in at a place that seems like a good place and go from there. It might be a romance novella. I don’t know, and that would be weird because I’m not great at romance novels (I’ve tried. It was painful. Be happy you have never seen it).
Steampunk Novel. This one comes out of this past year’s NaNo. I wrote some steampunk-ish scenes amongst everything else and really liked them, and then the idea sort of blew up on me, and I went, “Oh, crap.” If these ever get down on paper in coherent form, they will also probably be a trilogy. So, that makes six books that are taking up space in my head right now. Also, these are spy novels, I think. Or, at least, they are right now.
Steampunk #2 & Steampunk #3. See above.
YA Novel. I know what it’s going to be about, but it’s going to take some research. I pitched this one to myself completely by accident. I needed to create a fake novel to pitch to a fake publishing house (one of the activities you do if you’re in the Ooligan Publishing program), and I liked the idea so much it took root. The research side of things is daunting, but I am happy knowing for certain it’s a single-story book. No sequels or trilogies here (I win!).
Zombie Comic, non-apocalyptic. This is one of those ideas that came to me way back, and I’m finally at the point I think I’m ready to tackle it. I have the beginning, and I have the end. I just have to find the middle. And an artist. I can’t draw for beans.
Zombie Rom-Com Comic. That would be a romantic comedy with zombies. It’d also be a comic. It would not be associated with the first zombie comic except for the fact that there are zombies. The rules for zombies in this comic are very different from the zombies in the other book (Yes, I have the rules set out for the types already).
Comic #3. Not a zombie comic. This one’s a great deal more literary and much closer to my heart than the others. It’s a little painful, actually, and I have the first five pages scripted, but I’m not sure I actually want to finish scripting the rest because the subject matter is very difficult. Five pages of comic script is as far as I’ve gotten into properly discussing the topic, so I may push forward just to see if I can tell the whole thing.
Short stories. The unfinished count right now stands at seven. Most of those are in dire need of a lot more work, and the others are barely more than the first few sentences. I think I need to find time this coming weekend to sit down, fire up the computer and iTunes, and push myself to get something on the page. That usually resolves a story or two at a time and feels really damned good.
Tiny Nothing Poems. This is a book project I’ve been contemplating. I’ve got a collection of micro poems that are goofy little things that I’d like to lay out with some illustrations. I know who I want as an illustrator, as well, but I have to get all the pieces laid out before I even get that far. I want about 20 poems, and I think I only have 12 or 13. I think I’d do the whole thing as a handmade book, something I could give away for fun or use for giveaways or something similar.
That Play. Or, as I’m also calling it, “Sorry, Ernest Hemingway.” It started as a pile of dialogue, and the more I work on it, the more it takes the form of a stage show. I haven’t written a play in ages, so it’s very strange, but I think it could be really good, so it’s in the queue.
What’s everyone else working on? Anyone able to beat my numbers?