Defrosting Han Solo
Four months ago, I made the difficult decision of putting my much beloved story the Gideon Plan in suspended animation.
I felt like I was doing the story an injustice by trying to do something so large in scope when I was not ready. I decided to start out small, write some short stories and then work on something a little bigger—novella sized maybe.
Over the last four months, I wrote five short stories, which I am pleased with. Then I got stuck. I didn’t want to write short stories anymore. I wanted something larger. I thought about going back to Sphinx, which was scoped for about 40-50,000 words, but I couldn’t get into it. The result: I’ve written very little over the last 45 days and I am frustrating myself.
All this while, my mind has kept wandering back to the Gideon Plan. I kept telling myself the same thing—it’s too big! It’s too over scoped! It has no chance of getting published because you won’t do it right! It’s going to take you years to complete!
But, you know what? It’s the only thing I really want to write about right now.
So, maybe it’s stupid of me, but I’m going back to it . . . and you know what? I’m pretty damned excited about it.
Defrosting time . . .