Yes, this is my second post of the day and I know, I hardly ever do this anymore, at least not since the early days of the blog, but I have a serious conundrum.
It’s about my writing.
Summer Poppies has been on hold for a long time now. Almost a year. It is about two thirds (or just shy thereof) finished and I have kept on putting it off. I have lots of reasons for doing this, not the least of which are that up until about two weeks ago, it was simply too painful for me to sit at my computer for any length of time. But now my back is at least tolerable, if not okay on most days and I want to write again…a lot.
Also about two or so weeks ago, a conversation that Keisha and I had spawned an idea. An epic idea. One of those truly amazing thoughts that come rarely if ever and I KNOW I HAVE TO WRITE THIS BOOK. It’s all I can think about. The idea in its inception is completely formed in my head already. The passion I feel for it, for the characters and for the story arc make me twitchy with excitement. It’s all I want to work on.
So far, the series hasn’t done exceptionally well. And that’s okay, I was never expecting to get very far with it once my publisher closed up shop and I was left to my own laurels to print, publish and distribute it. I still believe the work and the stories are great and I still love my characters. I have been fortunate enough to hear from some of you who have read them, or even just one of them, and have given me marvellous feedback. Thank you for that, by the way. You have no idea how much it means to me.
But this new book, guys. I truly believe it has the potential to be great. In fact, I know it does. Do I keep Poppies shelved just a little longer and dive into the new work? Or do I keep on making notes and finish the book I already have going?
Just as a head’s up, I’m not sharing the ideas about the new book yet because I really want to keep it a secret for now. But I am excited. I have shared it with both Keisha and Shawn and they are both really excited as well. I just have so many BIG decisions on my plate right now, I’d really like feedback on this one. What would you do?