The Rom-Com, the Big Deal, and the Rest.

Life without working on The HooseCows is just a little too quiet. Starting to miss wondering how Hank James and Mickey Danz see the world. If there is one character from the book I’d love to bring back, it is Mickey Danz. I think he has a lot more to say.

I have short story projects to kick around for a few weeks, but I’m going to need to make a commitment to a bigger project. Unfortunately, all of them want my time.

Whatever I end up committing to I will likely stick with until its finished — at least six months. If I pick poorly, I’m stuck punching in to slog away in misery. If I pick right, it’s like checking into good daydreams and thunderstorms of inspiration. No pressure, of course.

Here are my potential dance partners:Somethin' Spooky

1) The Rom-Com. This book has the benefit of already being written and lightly edited. It’s mostly about love and growing up, but it somehow pulls off enough of the spooky stuff (and enough serious dramatic material) to feel like something I wrote. Downside: More sentence level editing. I’m burned out on that for the moment. This book will find a way to market soon, though, because I think people would pay to read it.

2) The Byron novel. At the beginning of baseball season, I started another online novel. It was a supernatural Midwestern take on Byron’s life in exile. I dug the tone and characters, but the pacing started to drag after six chapters and I got lost in the middle of it. Now, I can’t decide if it’s a novella or a novel. Downside: Just not feeling it right now. This can change quickly, however.

3) The Mangled Media Jamboree. This idea is intriguing, and whenever I pitch it to people their eyes light up. Without giving anything away, it involves finding a lot of different angles on telling the traditional campfire ghost story. Downside: Lots of prep work and maintenance. Techie skill sets I don’t possess. This is one that needs a team effort.

4) Thurgood the Teen Mummy. Ah, Thurgood. I started posting this as a Twilight spoof on Facebook. People seem to like it, and I get a sadistic pleasure in writing it. I have some ideas for packaging it and have made some plans for how it could get finished. Downside: Hard to stretch out the story without becoming too obnoxious, even for my standards.

5) THE BIG PROJECT. The best way I have of explaining this project? I’ve kept tabs on the deepest scares and fears from long nights and bad days. I’ve poured them into a tortured character. When I think of this project, I think of sadness and fear without easy resolution. It makes ME a little uncomfortable, so there’s something worth talking about there. Downside: This character needs a plot, setting, and conflict. There’s still a lot left to prep.

Not sure which of these belles I’ll take to the ball. I’d ask for advice, but we all know I’m not going to listen to outside advice. I just hope one of them starts lookin’ pretty good to me soon . . .


– Axel

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