Having spent a large chunk of my life in the world of The Swan Harp in recent months, I decided to go for a change of pace and work on a YA SF dystopian-future transgenic-human novel.
I wrote about 7000 words on it, and then found that the Iron Age world of The Swan Harp kept intruding. This past week I gave in and decided to get back to the world I know. I started the second book, provisionally titled “The Bog”. I feel much better, and the writing also seems to be moving along well.
Of course I’m having the usual problems figuring out where to start. David came up with a good suggestion which requires me to write a bit of myth-and-legend stuff. I love that, and it will also allow me to work out and introduce backstory without trying to figure out how to get it into conversation.
I don’t like havering, wavering, back-and-forthing; all that uncomfortable time when you’re trying to make a choice. Decide and get on with it, I say. My mother used to say, “Buy it and stop shopping”, which means that once you’ve bought your gadget, you don’t look at sale prices, but never mind, I think it’s also applicable to the “get-off-the-pot” situation.
Keeping one’s options open isn’t always the best thing. It can lead to dissatisfaction, lack of accomplishment and wasted time and energy. I thought I’d made a decision in the time when my options were open, that stretch when I was done one novel, but not yet into a second. Clearly I was wrong about how open my options really were. Kiar is a persistent character, and she has a lot more to do. She wants to get on with things, and she wants me to write about them. I acquiesce.
Sorry, mutant transgenics. Not your turn yet. I think.