Weekly Update: February 26 through March 5

To say that it has been “one of those weeks” would be an understatement.  I have been busy, and I have been coming to a slow realization.

I am not ready to write full-length novels yet.

Don’t get me wrong.  I can throw down 50,000 words in a document in a heartbeat, and I daresay, I can probably throw 100,000 down on the same topic if I tried.  And it would tell a story–just not a very well-written one.  And I apparently don’t have the skills yet to get it from “mind vomit” draft to “well-written draft.”  I’ve been trying since January 1 with The Seer’s Vision, and it’s just not happening for me.  So, I have decided to take my two novel-length projects off the schedule this year and spend a bit more time sharpening my skills on novellas, novelettes, and short stories.  (Who knows, maybe I’ll figure it out before the middle of the year and have the time to squeeze The Seer’s Vision in before the end of the year.)

This week, I have been editing.  And it has been hard.  All the kids have been going through rounds of colds and coughs over the last month, and I’ve had two on the outs with it this week.  I am still plugging on.  I set a tentative release date for The Disappearance of Ray Delgado on March 7.  I’m still aiming for that day, but in all honesty, it may the day or so after at the rate I am moving forward.  I will have it available before Friday night, though.  I am going to be ticking things off the list today as soon as I get this post finished up and posted.

Since I will be closing out The Disappearance of Ray Delgado this week with its publication, I have been brainstorming on my next project.  And so far, I am having a blast with it.  It still doesn’t have a title, but I know that it will be a tween/middle grades story, and it will be a fantasy.  I started drawing up maps last night and setting up the workbook for it.

Those are the only two projects I am working on this week.  I may try to give The Seer’s Vision another one- or twice-over to see if I can get some new ideas on what to do with it.  I want to finish that book, but it is just being difficult.

Here’s to writing!