You might be surprised to know I have quite a few stories in various stages of being written. I don’t like to do that ~ I prefer to start something and see it all the way to the end, because when I was younger, I could never seem to finish anything. But sometimes when I’m working on a longer novel, a short story will come to me that begs to be written. That happened with my latest piece ~ I planned on getting back to what I’m calling my Court and Ronnie novel when I got the idea for a short story I wrote in less than a week, called Quintessential.
The problem with setting aside something for any length of time is that I grow afraid of getting back to it. Part of me is scared I won’t be able to strike the same tone or voice with which I started the story, and sometimes I simply don’t know where the story will go.
My current list of works-in-progress is almost embarrassing. They include active stories (ones I’m hoping to wrap up in the next few months) and inactive stories (ones I hope to finish before I die).
In my active pile:
- Court and Ronnie ~ An as-yet-untitled post-apocalyptic novel in which 95% of the world’s population has died due to a virus. More bromance than gay erotica, at least at this point. I’m about 30k into it, which is about a third of what I have planned. This is the story I’m currently working on.
- Sam and Alan ~ A futuristic novel I started for NaNoWriMo in 2010 and never finished. It’s about a video game designer whose soul gets sucked into a prototype gaming environment, and contains scenes of heterosexual intercourse (surprise, surprise). I have about 30k done and stopped before starting Part 2.
- The Magician’s Apprentice ~ I didn’t get too far into this, just about 2k, but I know exactly where it’s going. I just have to force myself to sit down and finish it.
- Jimmy and Aaron ~ I wrote about 4k of this one before setting it aside. At the time I didn’t think it was turning out the way I wanted, but when I reread it recently, I decided it wasn’t bad. I’ll finish it one day.
- The Cola Connection ~ Not my title, BTW. Another 4k of a short story that seemed to be getting away from me. I want to revisit it and rein it in, see if I can’t finish it up. It’s basically just sex, so there’s no reason for it to be longer than 7k when it’s finished.
When you take into consideration the stories I’ve started writing under my two pseudonyms, it gets more embarrassing:
- The Devil You Know ~ A gay YA romance I did for a writing class. It was only 800 words but I want to flesh it out. There’s so much more to say there.
- The Test ~ Another YA story, written for the same class. It’s under a thousand words and is nothing more than an outline for a full story. One day I’ll fill in the blanks.
- On the Skids ~ A lesbian YA superhero novel that started life as fan fic long ago (like, when I was in college). I wrote just over 50k but it needs to be edited to pull out the licensed characters. Funny thing is, I have journals full of notes on this story, which I originally envisioned as a comic book series.
So the next time I bitch and moan and complain that I have nothing to do, someone remind me I have to get cracking on these stories!