Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's December and I've Done Nothing

I'd love to tell you about everything I've written since July, but frankly, I've written next to nothing.  I was in the middle of my second "Camp NaNoWriMo" back in July when I got wrapped up in MMO gaming, and I've had a hard time getting anything written since.  I like gaming -- but I also like getting a little writing done.  It's hard to find a balance.

I was hoping that NaNoWriMo would solve this problem for me, but the pull of gaming was too strong.  I had a hard time getting back into the rhythm of writing, and ultimately failed.  My plan was to write a Grandpa Anarchy novel -- called Serial Anarchy.  I wrote the first chapter and half of the second.  I'm still adding bits of dialog to it, so I haven't abandoned it and still want to finish it, but in the meantime I got diverted into other pursuits.

The first thing that diverted me was a strong desire to work on a Tai-Pan story during the second week of November.  I wrote several scenes on a Vashti story that I've had in my head for years, but I got bogged down on that one too.  After that, I simply didn't try very hard to write anything the rest of the month.

I did a bit of writing yesterday on Serial Anarchy, and I still want to work on that Vashti story, and I have a strong desire to get back to working on my sprawling, ongoing anime fan fiction novel Girl's School, but I realized today that what I really need to work on this week is a Christmas ghost story.  Christmas ghost stories are a tradition for our writer's group, thanks to Gene's interest in  them (they were quite popular back in the 1900's, A Christmas Carol is just one famous example but there were many of them written back in the day.)  I've written two Grandpa Anarchy Christmas ghost stories the last two years, and I want to have one written for our writer's night Christmas party this year as well.

I came up with an idea between last night and this morning, and I've already written quite a bit of it down and saved it under the title "The Conspiracy Claus".  But I also knew that I had a file saved as "Christmas ghost story 2014" and when I pulled it up, it's actually partially written already.  Not only that, but the idea is a very good one -- I want to finish it now.  So I guess "The Conspiracy Claus" will have to go on the back burner until next year, and I'll try and finish what I'm currently calling "Gin and Ginger".

So, yeah.  My big goal right now is to finish that one story, in the next week or so.  We'll see how that goes.