Discouraging Days

I’m antsy to write and between projects, and I freakin’ hate that.

Two novels on ice with the publisher for another eighteen months. One manuscript disappeared into black hole of submission land, at least theoretically. Two proposals and one short story in same black hole, theoretically. One short story on ice till books are out.

Should I work on the third in the “on ice” series, optimistically hoping the publisher will want to keep it going (and praying they don’t decide, eighteen months from now and 2.5 years after contract, that it’s no longer relevant)?

Should I work on another in second proposed series, optimistically hoping it will eventually emerge from the black hole?

I have a new idea for something unrelated…should I devote a few months to that assuming nothing ever will re-emerge from black hole?

Should I just forget about writing and start watching more reality TV? After all, Survivor and Amazing Race and a fall season of Ice Road Truckers are all about to start.

I freakin’ hate this.

Okay, whining over. Tell me something to work on.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and suspense. As Suzanne Johnson, she is the author of the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, Belle Chasse, Frenchmen Street (March 2018). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance; ILLUMINATION); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the Wilds of the Bayou series (Wild Man's Curse; Black Diamond).

11 thoughts on “Discouraging Days

  1. You could help me finish my novel, since I’m head-banging and feeling like I’m coming down with whatever illness has struck down my entire team but one.

    But that’s selfish of me. I vote for Ice Road Truckers. Never seen an episode, but I have a feeling it’s quality entertainment.

  2. Hs Marlene said anything?

    I’d go for the unrelated. I mean, that’s always the next best thing, right?

    I would also recommend a snickers and a dr pepper. I find they heal me of whining pronto.


  3. Jen–you have the solution! Snickers, Dr Pepper…and I’m going to throw in some Cheetos because if I’m not writing it won’t hurt to have orange crud all over my fingers πŸ™‚

  4. I feel your pain, though at least you can say you have two things with the publisher! So don’t forget that. πŸ˜€ I always start work on something new. Usually it’s when I get really into that, that something happens. Then you can always go back to it later and have a head start.

  5. True, Lisa πŸ™‚ And I think you’re right. Especially since the new idea promises to be funny. So maybe I can amuse myself, at least.

  6. New stuff is always the most fun! I would definitely vote for that (but maybe also have some reality tv on in the background!) starting something new and exciting always gets me out of a rut! M. X

  7. Not on hold exactly, but just had the launch date bumped till April 2012…Gah! I keep telling people I could hand print them and deliver them by pack-mule faster than that πŸ™‚

  8. Sorry to hear about your date being bumped back.

    As for what to work on, some advice I’ve seen is write a page or two on each idea. Once you start, one project will pull you in more than the others. That’s the one to work on.

    Let us know what you decide.

  9. Hm..well, tonight, I’m going to watch “Ice Road Truckers” and “Swamp People” that I DVR’d last night. Then maybe I’ll get inspired to work on something πŸ™‚

  10. *hugs* I totally know how you feel about being restless in between projects–I so get that way in between books. And like you–I’m a practical gal–I don’t want to work on something for the hell of it. Every book I’ve written has potential for a series, but I have trouble working on book 2 of anything until book 1 has a deal.

    I see on people’s websites that they have like 7-book series completed with no deal and I just don’t have that in me. Way, way, way too pragmatic for that.