In the past, it has not been unusual for me to have two manuscripts working at the same time. It has never stopped me from completing any of them. In fact, I wrote Ghostly simultaneously with three of the horror stories in my anthology, while I was wrapping up Everspell. So, I'm no stranger to it. I kind of equate it with shoes. I adore, adore, adore shoes and each morning the outfit I put together starts from the ground up with shoes. Or boots. But, it all depends on my mood.
It's the same with my Works In Progress. Which WIP I work on at any given time is entirely reliant upon what my mood is. If you have been checking out the new information I stuffed this blog with to jazz it up, you know I am working on, in no particular order:
- a YA paranormal about the seven deadly sins
- A Sci-Fi about aliens landing, set in a car rental facility near LAX (used to work in one)
- A YA dystopian novel about a girl who learns she can fly in a post-apocalyptic world
- an adult horror about a taxi driver (manage them now)
- an adult horror about a babysitter
- an adult horror about a serial killer
So, I'll set the scene for you......I finish with dinner and everything, get the kids homeworked, teeth brushed, pajamed and into bed. American Idol is on (go Skylar!) and I pull the laptop onto my legs. I open it up and NOT UNTIL THAT MOMENT DO I KNOW WHAT MOOD I'M IN! So, is that weird?
I would love to know what you think. I have read that my personal idol, Stephen King, works on one manuscript at a time, and has said if it takes more than 2 1/2 months to write, he's doing it wrong. Interestingly, I take the same amount of time to complete a novel-length story, even if I am dabbling around in others. Don't get me wrong, the paranormal I'm writing about the seven deadly sins is still the headliner, if you will. But I just can't seem to eat the steak without taking some bites out of the veggies, the mashed potatoes and a buttered roll or two. Are you the same?