Tuesday, October 23, 2012


I'm really easily distracted. Particularly when it comes to writing. I can only concentrate on one thing at a time - which is a nuisance when I've a few ideas I want to follow through on. More than a nuisance when the sun is shining and I'd like to swim and read and relax. I love going on holiday but I know I don't write as well when the weather is hot. I'm much more focused when it's cold outside.
I've temporarily given up on my Walmart story - yet again. I don't know why this one won't fly but until it feels right - it's back in limbo.
I need to write a story that follows up on two characters in 'Jumping in Puddles' - out in January with Loose-ID - but I'm not in the mood for that yet.
I need to write a little Fae story to go in an anthology with some friends - started that and ground to a halt. The problem is - can I write a 5,000 word short? I've done it before but that is very short.....
Plus I had an idea for a story like Strangers, started it, liked it,  but it's morphed into a MM instead of an MF.
I'm not going to mention the handful of others that I've begun and stopped for one reason or another.
So now I have a load of part-started stories on my laptop and I can't decide what to do next. I suspect until I'm back in the cold - and that's going to be very soon, I'm not going to be focused enough to concentrate on anything.
Ooh the sun is shining. I'm off outside.


Anonymous said...

Wish I had some good advice for you, but seeing how you've finished more books than anyone I know, my advice would be inadequate. Once your holiday is over, your batteries are recharged, and you're sitting for hours on a plane with nothing to do but think, perhaps a completed story, the one waiting in the recesses of your mind, will come out of hiding.

Hmm...When I'm plotting stories in my head, I've been told I look like a zombie, or sometimes my kids ask me if I have gas. I wonder what expression you'd be wearing while plotting amidst a plane full of passengers. LOL!

Arlene said...

What a great picture! Love seeing you with the sun shining, water sparkling and sunglasses on crooked.
Yes, I also love the flow of stories, but hey, a few days off is good so your smile stays bright. That M/M is gonna be awesome!

Barbara Elsborg said...

Plane delayed three hours - I'm going to be a zombie by the time we get on board!

Gina said...

Recharge and come back fightin!! Loved "Worlds Apart" - such a sweet story with the Fae, however I am not a Novella/Short person unless it is in conjunction with a book series. Novellas tend to leave me ...unfulfilled.

Barbara Elsborg said...

Thanks, Gina. I do tend to write long - I might start off with short in mind but..... LOL
I prefer reading long rather than novellas so it just shows!
Course, now I'm back in the UK in mist and fog and rain I long for the sun.