Yes, I updated The Storybox again. This time with a historical fiction novel idea that has been popping in and out of my head since 2007. I figured I now have a good reason to take it seriously. I won’t go into all the details about why, but there you have it. I have officially added “historical fiction sans fantasie” to my list of genres I write in. Oh? You didn’t know I write historical fiction without fantastic elements? Well, I do! Just not very often.
I also updated The Storybox with a brief description of what my as-of-yet-coolly-unnamed Armenian fantasy will be about.
The thing is, The Storybox isn’t even a complete list of all the things swarming my head, either. I printed out the book I translated in 2008 and I’m currently working on English-to-English edits, also. It’s going really well, and it’s remarkably fun, now that the stress of deadlines is long past. I’m hoping to finish this batch of edits before I get to Utah where I have the rest of my materials. There I’ll compare these edits with my French-to-English edits, the original manuscript, and… Okay, so this is the wrong audience for translation talk, so I’ll spare you. I do have hopes to publish it, though.
In any case, for my own sake, I need to organize the chaos of storylines and characters clawing for my attention. Pretend I’m in the principal’s office with a gaggle of wayward children.
So! THE WITCH’S TOWER and OF GODS & WITCHES are set in the same world and are highly interconnected. It’d be to my advantage to write them one after another and do the final edits at the same time. Each can stand alone, however, so it won’t hurt to try to publish either of them separately. Doing them together has some disadvantages: namely it pushes back potential publication of the first one. But it has the great advantage of cohesion and gives me a greater flex time for potential editor-deadlines. I really hate deadlines with CFS.
Otherwise, of everything and everyone bustling about in my head, THE WITCH’S TOWER, OF GODS & WITCHES, and OTHERSIDE have the most meta-work and progress done on them, so they’re easiest to finish. My sister also keeps wondering when I’ll get back to finishing OTHERSIDE. (I agree, I absolutely love the story!)
ARMENIAN TALE and THE SCHEMER I’m a little worried about because ARMENIAN TALE depends largely on my ability to remember a lot of details about my year living in Armenia, so I need to do it fairly soon. THE SCHEMER depends on my French and French history&culture knowledge, so it also is time- and memory-sensitive.
You see the chaos’ whyfor, don’t you. I can’t possibly write four novels at once. To combat my failing memory, I’ve written a 5k document on Armenian culture…which still barely scratches the surface, of course, but I’m chipping away at it. But that can’t make up for the feel or memory of something.
I’m also tentatively considering a non-fiction project.
Not to mention all my short story ideas. Oy! Ah! Crowded! Spinning! Can’t think!
So! Order to chaos, here we go:
- Priority #1 – Finish THE WITCH’S TOWER. Remember? You need to finish something first! And the natural act of finishing this project will mean that its prequel will get more work done on it, as well.
- Finish The Harvest Mask before October 1st.
- Finish English-English edits for ANDROMEDA.
- Tell all the other characters and stories to wait their turn, like well-behaved children.
See, self? Work on finishing what you’ve started before starting lots of other new shiny projects!