I’ve finished the final revision of Down Cellar. And the moment, I feel at loose ends. Not because there’s nothing to do, but because that one thread that tied life together has completed its job and is no longer needed. Now what?
There are a plethora of projects calling for revision or finishing from the distant past and a few from the future.
From the past, the first revision that comes to mind is Change at Belmont, the novel about Chicago and a fake cure for AIDS. It needs a few scenes added to finish it and boom! Into revision-land I go again.
There are a few romance novellas I have outlined and ready to flesh out. One story in particular is about an inherited house and a sinister gardener who knows too much about poison plants. Revise that and it can go on sale! Speaking of romances, Small Town Romance still needs formatting for paper publishing (yeah, haven’t done that and it will probably pop to the top of the list soon.) Digital only is not enough, I know.
There is the Railroad Book that needs final revision. And that should be expanded into a real book about the New York Oswego and Midland Railroad.
And there is my ‘masterpiece’ of “The Faery Story” that I seldom mention. It is truly a great story and I hesitate to revise it until I get better at writing. But that ONE project would do me good. Maybe I should go there part-time?
And then there is the NEW stuff I would like to write. Kelsey Stone keeps tempting me with writing prompts and Abigail Shepherd (by example) keeps pushing me to do more marketing. August Birch is an inspiration for how much he writes AND his Instagram feed! And just having read “Walking Patagonia”, I am challenged by Caspian Ray to just DO something!
Perspective seems to be what I am missing, as I read over this. Rather than comparing me and my work to ____, whoever that blank might represent, and what ‘they’ are doing, it’s time for me to focus closer to home here, to begin creating or re-forming something of my own. Make a to do list? Focus?
Time for a fresh cup of coffee. Be right back. Promise.