Every aspiring author has chosen at least one book off the shelf, read all or part of it, and wondered how the hell it got there in the first place. I have one of those sitting next to me right now. It's title I will keep to myself because a friend fervently recommended it to me and I'm still pondering how I will answer the question, "What did you think?" when this person asks.
Oh, hell, I already know how I'll answer it. I'll be honest.
And I know the why those books end up on the shelf. Other people like them. Or some editor thought that people would like them. I am progressing well on Lucky 13, preparing for the San Francisco Writers Conference over President's Day next February. But here's what has to happen. Regardless of what happens with Catch a Falling Star there I will be done with it until and unless an agent or editor requests it.
I'm tired of it. Sick of it as a matter of fact. It's time to move on to other stories and other characters. Other books. Sometimes I wonder at all the time spent on Falling Star. But why? I've learned so much. Grown so much as a writer through those pages. And I'll keep growing until it's finished.
Then it's on to the next.
For now, here's a little scattershooting.
Recently I saw a wonderful production of The Nutcracker. So here's a big time shout out to Victoria as Clara and Olivia as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Both of you were amazing! And, both are daughters of friends of mine.
And how about a shout to Tchaikovsky for writing such diverse, memorable music that is as much apart of the Holiday Season for me as Christmas Trees and ... whoa! ... Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
So what will be my next project when I'm through with Falling Star? I have two in mind, one a Young Adult fantasy. I'm leaning toward that one because I can already tell that it will be fun to write. The other will be for readers coming out of Young Adult mode and is a more complex story.
Hell, who knows? I might work on them simultaneously, though I've never been successful when trying that approach.
I'm looking forward to the release of the latest movie based on the Narnia Chronicles, this one, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader." I loved the books when I was a kid, and ... well, we'll see.
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows next July. And ...
I got away last week from admitting to my weight last week. To be honest it didn't occur to me to do it. So, this morning I weighed in at 266, down a total of 19 pounds, but up two from the previous week. I think dinner at Rathbun's followed closely by Thanksgiving had a lot to do with that.
OH! And I posted the prologue to Catch a Falling Star on my other blog. Catch it at this link ...
See y'all next week!