Mar 30, 2011

What to do next

Friday sees the start of the A-Z Blogging Challenge. I'm looking forward to it, and seeing what I can come up with.

In the mean time I'm juggling my upcoming tasks.

My wife is almost into her last trimester, so there are all kinds of life-changing thoughts running through my head. I hope we make good parents.

Aside from that I also need to knuckle down and get some more work done, writing-wise. Regarding Locked Within, I'm developing ideas for a book trailer that I can post to my Youtube account and spread around if/when the time comes.

I'm trying to decide whether it's best to push on with the series and start book 2 now, so that it's ready for whenever it may be needed, or if I should carry on with my secondary project set in a London where magic is known and commonplace.

Of course, I could just throw caution to the wind and work on both. Yeah, that's a quick way to madness, I'm sure. Still though. Very tempting. I tend to get hooked on the buzz from writing a story. Once I do, most things I do will be somehow connected to the story. The music I listen to on my iPod will be music that inspires me for that story. I'll watch movies of the same genre or style. I'll spend hours researching possible locations, characters and story hooks on the internet. It's the best drug ever.


  1. I think different things work for different writers. I tried editing two projects at once for a while and it went fine, but now that I'm adding new material to one of them I've had to drop the second for the time being.

    It could be worth a try though, you never know what will work for you! And it may be a good idea to get as much as possible done before the baby arrives and creates a whole new set of demands (albeit cute ones!) :)

    That said, if it doesn't work for you, you can always just switch back!

  2. Of course, I also have the problem now that I have a THIRD idea in my head, for a fantasy western trilogy.

    What genre do you call that, anyway? Weird Western? Frontier Fantasy?

  3. Hi Paul, I was in Waterford recently! It will all work out just fine :)

  4. Wow - so close to such a big life change! I'm sure you'll make a fab parent.

  5. I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Best Books Blog Award.

    Go to and pick up your award.

  6. Bz and Talli: Thanks. Both my wife and I are thrilled. Can't wait to meet this little thing currently kicking seven shades of crap out of her insides!

    Deirdre: Wow, thanks!