Monday, June 7, 2010

Monday Musings: Adaptable? Yah, Right.

"You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star."

Nietzsche does this mean I'm about to give birth to a galaxy?)

You know, I’m great at multi-tasking. Most of the juggling I do is easy to manage. I can track projects and solve problems regarding most jobs I have to do—I just seem to take it stride and always have. It’s been a strong suit of mine in business. No big.

However, when comes to my writing I’m not so adaptable. I’m fine working on a fiction WIP and moving to something non-fiction, articles, book reviews etc. I seem to be able to compartmentalize fine. You throw two fiction WIPs in the works and I’m in chaos. Gah. It gets noisy in my brain and it’s like being room with two TVs and both have good stories but you can’t concentrate on either because there is just too much noise. For me, insanity quickly ensues.

I have friends who write more than one story at a time, some who can write two different series and keep perfect track of what they’re doing and writing. I have to admire that because I’m so not there yet, lol! Of course the perfect solution is to put one on hold and finish the other.

E x c e p t...

They’re both screaming at me presently. As one friend put it, work on the one screaming the loudest and if they are both screaming equally loud? Then you gotta problem.

I knew that. But, I was hoping for a nice: well, first you do a), b) and then move to c) type of solution. Yup, I got a problem.

Sigh, what was I thinking? How did a nice writer like me get herself into this fine mess to begin with? Damned if I know. Blame it on an ADD type brain, I guess.

Meanwhile, I have one story I love and have wanted to write for some time. Entails quite a bit of research because the world base is different and you have to have that base accurate to build a viable world within our world and still weave the story into it. It’s also a story that makes me stretch as a writer, but that’s okay, it a story that excites me and I love the two MC, hero is hot and sexy and real wolf. Love those kinda males. :-) I’m quite a ways into this story.

Then there is story number two, which is now screaming at me. Different series, different world, more explicit sex, humorous, hawt hero who doesn’t believe in any type of woo-woo who comes face to face with big time woo-woo in the guise of a mouth watering heroine. Oh and few equally woo-woo practicing relatives.

So now I have to figure out a way to make both stories happy without having the characters from either or both stories attacking me in my sleep. Trust me, it would be a terrifying and bloody mess. I much prefer them visiting my dreams with scenes and dialog, not murder and mayhem.

I’ll let you know how I solve it because, dammit, I have to solve this or go nuts.

Fortunately, I got this nifty Stress Reduction gizmo. Who knows? It might just work.

Do you ever find yourself in such a fix? How do you solve it? Inquiring minds and all that.

On to something much easier to deal with:
Cue drumroll and release the balloons

Donna Grant’s autographed Dangerous Highlander, a dark but wonderful read, goes to Kat Sheridan.

Christie Craig’s Shut up and Kiss Me, a fun read, goes to Helen Ginger. Second place winner: Dana Fredsti, who gets to pick out any book from Christie’s backlist.

Congratulations Winners!

Be sure to contact me with your addresses.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm an uber-multi-tasker and have written two books at the same time. What's tripping me up right now is I have ideas for a fiction book, but it's a non-fiction title I need to work on. Bummer. If the non-fiction didn't pay the bills in terms of sales and speaking, I probably wouldn't do it.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Diane, Oh man, my hats off to you, you write both fiction/non-fiction, do copious amounts of public speaking, blog everyday. Are you sure you're not a Stepford? lolol!

Excuse me, I must go get out my stress relief gizmo.

VA said...

Sia, I'll sit on the sidelines here and take notes about what others say. I have multiple wips and they are all just roiling in an unsettled mass, waiting for me to kick one back into gear. Of course, new idea pops into head - just what I don't need, another set of voices screaming.

Kat Sheridan said...

YAY, and thank you for choosing me to win a book!! W00t!! Can't wait!

As for the multiple WIP thing, I'm often lucky to just have ONE yelling at me. If there are two at a time (it happens), I divide and conquer. One in the morning, one at night. I manage my characters the way I managed meetings. Rules of order, take turns, and if everyone talks at once, NOBDOY'S story gets heard. LOL!

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Anonymous said...

It's vexing and kind of exciting to be stuck between equally pressing projects.

I'm from the divide and conquer camp. Work on the one that thrills you most at the moment.

No good? Hiding in research can be a welcome reprieve.

~Sia McKye~ said...

OLIVIA, I'm not gonna try to remove the other repeat comments. The last time I tried, all the comments disappeared. FREAKED ME OUT.

Just keep in mind, that little trash can icon is a tool you can click on to delete your comment.

~Sia McKye~ said...

I just think it's blogger today. Sheesh.

Helen Ginger said...

Thank you! Shut Up and Kiss Me sounds like a great book. I'm totally excited.

I don't have much advice for you. If that happened to me, I think I'd choose one to work on the computer and create a notebook for the other in which I'd scribble scenes or do character sketches or other things that would shut up their screaming while I work on the other project.

Straight From Hel

~Sia McKye~ said...

That sounds about right, Helen.

Congrats on winning a Christie Craig book.

Judi Fennell said...

Congrats to the winner, and, sorry, Sia, I've got no words of wisdom to help you out of your dilemma!

Nancy J. Parra said...

Hi Sia,

Love this post. Good luck with your choice, if I had an answer I'd let you know, but I don't.

Both books sound fabulous!! (does that help?)