Monday, May 2, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

Just a quick check in, as I was looking things over and I find I've been horribly lax in blogging. Again, I think it's because I talk so much in my daily life and then I write on top of it that I just don't have any words left over for blogging. But I digress. As usual.

I find myself torn between two projects. One, which I'm actually already working on and I'm about 20% finished with, is the next Jude Magdalyn book. If all goes well, it should be ready for release in August--so cross your fingers. This book is very dark and emotional and full of thorny issues. So while it's nice to continue with the story and see where everyone is going, it can also be a little depressing.

The other project is huge. As in 6 parts, each part roughly 85,000 words. Background research on weaponry, over a dozen cities, battle strategy, etc. Not to mention writing in a whole different vein. I think we can agree my writing is pretty flippant and flamboyant and other such words. But the story I'm planning to tell is a great deal more somber, and as such requires a more serious voice. It kind of hurts. But it kind of rocks.

So I find myself, when I sit down to write, going---"Which one do I want to work on today?" I'd like to say I work on both, but I already work like 9 hours a day and have to deal with people. I don't have the stamina for two chapters a day in two different styles. So right now I'm alternating, but I feel like someone is getting the short end of the stick. Sooner or later someone is going to win all my concentration.

Decisions, decisions.