Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Monday, October 6, 2008

New House, New Book

As many times as I've moved in the past few years, you'd think I'd have a handle on this 'writing in a new place' thing.

Let's just say, I'm working on it.

Every time I move, I have a devil of a time getting back into whatever project I was working on before the move. This didn't seem like it was going to be any different. Trust me, I had every intention of getting back to work on Nano, but every time I thought about it, the taciturn beast would stick her tongue out at me and refuse to work. So, today I decided to do an end-around on my muse.

She doesn't want to work on what needs to be worked on? Well, tough titties. I'm not going to let that stop me. Nope. Instead of sitting down and staring at Nano for countless hours, with nothing to show for it, I started work on another story that's been playing at the edges of my mind for a while now.

So, you'll notice an as-yet-untitled work meter going up soon. I got just over 900 words out tonight. (I would've done more, but we were still wrestling over how to restart Nano when this idea hit me.) This idea started out as the next book in the series that may possibly start with Manhunter. And if the series doesn't fly, a few tweaks should make it into a stand alone.

We'll see how it goes.

As an aside, do you have any idea how hard it is to NOT smoke while writing when you've been doing it for over a year? This new house is a non-smoking one, so now I have to go outside to grab a cigarette. It's killer. Like I need another speed-bump to my writing right now. Even as I type this post, I'm longing to light up. But the landlady will kill me where I stand if I smoke in here. You should've seen me trying to play poker earlier. Ugh. Chewing gum and twiddling with a pen do not work. They didn't work when I actually tried to quit back in '01, they aren't working now. *shrug* I wrote Blink without smoking, and I did it in six weeks. I can do this, too.

Oh, and if you didn't read the post from earlier today, I started querying for Manhunter today. Scroll down and wish me luck. =o)


Kristen Painter said...

You know you need to just quit smoking altogether. And now that I know you smoke (because I didn't before) I must pester you about it whenever I remember to. Oh the joys of being a non-smoker...lol

B.E. Sanderson said...

Aw, now don't go ruinin' a perfectly good buddy-ship. We'll just have to agree to ignore this little thing. Now pardon me while I flick my bic. ;o)

JenWriter said...

Just start guzzling Mountain Dews. I like to drink coffee when I'm writing, but it's a habit I wish I could break.