You would think that as I write projects my To Do list would get shorter. I think the opposite is true for writers. I have more story ideas than I have time to write. Yet I keep getting new ideas I want to write. It’s gotten to the point that I don’t write them down unless they stick around for awhile. I still end up with more projects added to my list than removed.
Right now I’m concentrating on the Double Helix series. I’m going to re-release the first book on as many other platforms as I can, as well as in print. The plan is to do that in September. Then the second book should release in October, and the third in November. Nothing will come out in December because I’m still working on the schedule for books four and five. The zero draft of book four is about 2/3rds done. The zero draft of book five is scheduled to be written in November for NaNoWrimo.
I am writing short stories, but they’re all in the Double Helix universe. Short stories are hard for me, but I think I’m getting better at them. Of course, the ones I’m writing now are all origin stories of characters I know very well. I enjoy writing them.
I adore the Double Helix universe. But there are other stories , other worlds, in the back of my mind begging to be written. Some are science fiction. Some are steampunk. Others are fantasy, paranormal romance, or urban fantasy. Some are short stories. Some are stand alone novels. Some are series, or potential series. But I want to write all of them!
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to write even most of my ideas. I know I won’t as long as I have a day job. That’s why I’m concentrating on getting the Double Helix series out. I’m hoping I’ll have some extra income from it that I can put away and maybe – just maybe – I will be able to cut back on hours involved with the day job.
Of course, that’s a long way off still. In the meantime, I need to carve out time for writing and publishing activities. And I need to make that time and my deadlines priorities that can’t be set aside. I’m still trying to figure out how to make that work. So far I haven’t been very successful at it.
But I’ll keep trying, keep working at it. It’s important to me. I want to tell all the stories. I want control over my time – before I retire.