Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Weekend - What? Already?

I have overheard others and caught myself saying lately - "I can't believe May is almost over and it's almost June."

Is it just me or has the world hit warp speed and we're hurtling headlong into the second half of the year? Every time New Years rolls around I make a pact with myself to clear my harddrive of all the old files that are only partially written and languishing there sans contracts. Once again, I've blown the deadline. How does time get so far away from us? How can I not have finished the five different novels I'm currently working on? It's just not right or fair.

I have three or four erotic sci-fi novellas in half completed status. One contemporary romantic suspense novel. Several fantasy novels. Some I have here that I've finished but haven't sold. Not for lack of trying. I just haven't found the right pub for them yet. And still I take on more work for myself. Of the five wips I am working on, 3 of them are books I pulled from the stalled pile. So, while my intentions were good, I haven't made enough progress to see completion on them. On top of this, I started a new wip targeted to Silhouette Romantic Suspense. (What am I thinking? I've got so many other books to write.) Am I crazy? Have I lost my mind?

No, I am constantly frustrated with the knowledge I can't write as fast as I read. Oh, to be able to accomplish that feat.

So what's in store for the second half of the year? Well, I'm determined to finish the books in my wip pile. Get the sequels out the door that I've needed to write for the past six months. Then write a book that's bigger than the Da Vinci Code and Harry Potter combined. (Hey, I can dream can't I?)

I don't know why my production has fallen off lately. I used to work so fast. It's funny, but rather appropriate that I seem to do my best work when I write stories that center around military men and women. Most of which happens in deep space somewhere, but I think there's just something about the orderly structure and rank and file that makes for intriguing plot lines for me. Of course, most of my military operations employ psychics in their companies. It just makes it a bit more interesting.

Ah, but I digress. And if I'm not careful I'll sit here and come up with forty more ideas I'll want to write instead of clearing my hard drive. *Sigh*

And on a more personal note:

To our soliders out there and their families, especially my nephews who are serving in Iraq. Thank you for all your sacrifices. Come home safe. Your Uncle Dave and I love you very much.



Sierra Wolfe said...

It must be something in the air, because I'm moving very slowly with my writing lately, too. Last year I whipped 'em out, this year, it's like pulling teeth to get my words down. At least I'm moving forward, right?

You're so right! This year is flying by. I can't believe it's already almost half over. I had so many plans for this year. I better get my butt in gear if I'm going to make my goals.

It's so funny that you're talking about clearing out your files, that's what I've been doing all morning. Still not finished, but I'll probably give up before I'm done. I was able to back up all my work (desperately in need)to another location, just in case the computer poops out on me. I have it saved on a usb drive, but I wanted the extra protection. I've heard too many horror stories, and with my luck, I'd lose it all.

I hope your writing picks up for you, and you're able to finish all your wips! Good luck!

Tierney O said...


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