Writing Status - *Cringes*
Mood - Overwhelmed
Playing on itunes - Absolution by Muse
I have a confession to make -- I'm teetering on the brink of a meltdown.
It started out innocently enough. I decided to do a tour for Dead, Undead and contacted the wonderful people at Goddess Fish to get going. Within a week, it was a go. Then, I got the news...it was time to edit Eternity and a Day.
No problem, right? I can juggle three things at once (reviews, Dead, Eternity). Then, I got an email about Crimson Sunrise. As a new rule at TWRP it has to be sent out to two test readers before it can go to the Sr. Editor for contract consideration, so it may or may not be accepted.
Now, herein lies my problem.
When I submitted Crimson Sunrise, it was ROUGH (disastrously so). I told my editor this when I gave it to her. It's been very, VERY, loosely edited, and needs substantial revisions, building, etc. I figured I would get an idea if she liked the direction of the material (Crimson Moon was always intended to be the first story in a trilogy), and if not, tuck it away and forget about it. Now I know I need to get off my bohonkus and clean up the MS, give it some meat, and try to make an enjoyable story out of it. Knowing they might not accept it isn't the issue, but rather, I know I'll be saving myself one hell of a headache by getting this done now if they do.
That means I'll be juggling two stories for edits/revisions (Eternity and Sunrise), doing the tour, and slowing down on my reading (which is something I've known I have to do for a while now). It also tells me that all the writing I've been dying to start will be put on hold again, and it's extremely frustrating. I suppose this is what happens when you've horded MS's for six-months, only to send them out later at the same time.
Note to self: Write one book at a time and submit one at a time.
Does anyone have any helpful ideas on how to avoid this? Or if not, how do you deal with edits, promo, and finding the time to write?