Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Yo-Yo of Life, She Spins

yo-yo%20clipartNo, I'm not talking about myself, because I'm not a yo-yo. Or am I? *grins* I have certainly felt like one, whirling and spinning about in every direction. I like yo-yos, but I don't want to be one.

I've had something on my mind ever since last fall. And after discussing it with my husband and a couple of good friends and having a vividly symbolic dream about it all, I've decided to put my editing business on hiatus--perhaps indefinitely, depending on how the next few months go.

I do enjoy editing. It's really fun to help authors shape up their manuscripts. But I don't feel the pull to it the way I do writing. And with everything in my life, I realized that the words a very wise friend shared with me several weeks ago--that someone shared with her years ago--applied to my situation perfectly. She said, "You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once."

She's absolutely right.

So after counting up the projects I want to write in the next year or so, I realized that I had a problem. Here's my list:

1. I have a series of six contemporary romances to plot at around 50k words each, all based around six women who meet in culinary school. Each woman comes from a different heritage, so she cooks dishes from that heritage. Keeping Christmas is supposed to be later in the series, and is the one that's already out. (Each book will be a standalone.) Paige, the main character, has a Norwegian heritage. The next one will be coming out in November with Trifecta Books, and I need to write more before then--plot how they fit in the series' world, which will be a challenge.

2. I have a YA--very loosely inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid"--that I really need to finish up here in about a month or so, and this is the book I plan to query agents with. It deals with heavy subject matter, is a tad on the literary side, and addresses some strong themes affecting girls and women these days.

3. I have at least one more Schnozzlebeard to write.

4. I want to plot out my zombie chick lit which I'm picturing as a five-book series and start writing the first one. It's going to be lighthearted and fun. My slightly morbid take in the vein of books like Mindy Klasky's awesome "As You Wish" series.

5. I have a surprise project I've only told a few people about, but I'm really excited to tackle it. I've written about three thousand exploratory words, and it's some of the most fun I've had writing yet. AND it's for adults. And teens. Kind of a whimsical, paranormal, fairytale feel, and after searching Amazon, I haven't found anything out there like it yet. Did I mention I'm excited?

This isn't even mentioning a middle grade paranormal and a middle grade sci-fi I have ideas for. Or the other fairytale-inspired book ideas that have been stuck in a dusty corner of my computer--or my brain--for years. I have enough ideas to keep writing every day for years and not be finished with them.

See my problem?

So mix all that with family and helping get my kids through school (two have autism, likely three, the others get tested this summer), my sweet husband working two jobs (one from home after he gets home from his normal job) and my goal to get healthy this year, and there's no way I can do all of this.

I tend to be delusional. But I like lists, so after making the list, I was all, "Woman! What the crud do you think you're doing?" And I was all like, "But-but-but--" And then I was like, "No buts!"


Ahem. Seriously, I was all "No buts! Even YOU can see when you're trying to do the impossible! Have you even SEEN the dirt levels of your bathroom lately? You could grow an inside garden!" And then I was all hanging my head and saying, "Yeah . . . I guess you're right." And then I patted myself on the shoulder and drank a Diet Pepsi.

So I have to say bye-bye to editing for now so I can actually get to writing. And I also need help narrowing down my list. If something jumps out at you, and you're like, "Oooh, I'd be interested in reading THAT!" please tell me. You might help save my brain. And decide what I make top priority this year.


Heidi Menssen Meadows said...

#2, #5, and #1. You're awesome!

Phogles said...

Bully for you! Saying YES to a big thing means saying NO to a bunch of other things.

#2, #3, and #5 <- those get my "git er dun" vote. :D

Heidi said...

I agree--you can't have it all at once. You can have it all--but only all that matters. There are good things, better and best and we get to choose. Yay for you!