What Next…?

Since the end of the 80 Post Challenge I’ve been thinking hard about what should come next. I already have my next ‘challenge‘ ready, but it will be a while before that kicks off. If you’ve been following Six Sentence Sunday then you would know that I’ve been using excerpts from my A-Z of Flash Fiction. These pieces of flash range from 500-700 words and have all been writing using a single trigger word through the alphabet.
I’ll be using these as my next feature, posting the flash once per week like I did with the 80 Posts, but as I mentioned previously, they need some heavy editing before they are fit to meet the world. So when I get a little ahead on those, I’ll have them ready.

pink ball of yarn/string from OpenClipArtThat still leaves me with some thinking to do however. This time of year – usually – finds me prepping for NaNoWriMo; putting threads together into a tidy ball that I can stitch or weave at my leisure. November is racing towards us, but I don’t know if I’m going to be able to do it this year. If only because my time is so restricted.

By then I would have finished edits on SORB, but I hesitate to start something new. Not because I don’t have the ideas (there are some old projects that really need the attention of older, more mature me), but because of time. I don’t need you to tell me, however, that failing to start something just because of a little thing like that hurts me more than starting and not finishing.

So I will start something new. Make no mistake. Even if I don’t do NaNoWriMo, its more than time to work on something fresh, lest my ideas stagnate. I have the second novel in SORB’s trilogy to consider. There is also an old project, started years ago, in which the roleplay Ileandra Young had her back story fleshed out. That is rather a large undertaking however; as it isn’t a short story by any means. I see it stretching into six, maybe even eight books of about 100k words each. The first draft of the first half was 300k and there was still lots to go.

All in all I have lots to keep my busy in the writing world; I haven’t even touched on my plans for the erotica, or the other-other project I have standing by for this blog. *phew* Time to make a list, I think!

What about you guys? Does this time of year bring out the need to plan for the next? What projects are you bringing to a close? What new ones are you starting?

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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4 Responses to What Next…?

  1. 4amWriter says:

    This time of year is way, way too frenetic for me to start new projects, or even make plans for new projects. The start of the school year is usually chaotic until about the middle of October, then things start to settle into their groove. I can’t even plan out a blog post with everything that’s going on. This doesn’t sit well with my natural inclination as a planner, but I’m at the mercy of kids and their wacky schedules.



  2. jmmcdowell says:

    Haha, this time of year is usually when I think about what I’ve done and where I’m going. But that’s because my birthday is in September, and I tend to get rather reflective about everything. 🙂

    Right now, NaNo is just too much for me to think about. I’m too busy with revisions to the two WIPs and trying to get them into publishable shape. Their sequels are simmering away in my subconscious, and as you’ve seen, my “poetic archaeologist” has taken on a life of her own. And then there’s the day job!

    But I love autumn. 🙂


    • I’m increasingly grateful that the day job no longer factors here. Missing the money, but spending time with the boys trumps that.

      There is still part of me, though, thinking I must be crazy for even considering it. I know what I’m like. Though I suppose it would make a great test for whether or not I have truly learned what I can and can’t cope with and how to cope with things not going to plan.


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