These are words I love to hear. :-) Last Thursday my wonderful, fabulous, amazing editor called to offer me a new two book contract. I said yes. The first book is a sequel to Whispers - it's Anne's story. You might even recognize her hero as well. :-) The second book is a stand alone that I'm really excited about, although it's going to require some fun and interesting research. I see a Playfriend trip in my future.
And while I love the giddy, happy feeling of knowing I have a job for a little while it also means I have to actually start doing the work. It's been a little while since I submitted this story and I was having a hard time getting back into it. Part of that was bad timing I think. The call came in right as I was making plans to get the girls ready for school. Part of it was I wasn't excited about it anymore. Don't get me wrong, I love this story and I love these characters but in the weeks since I'd put it aside I seem to have misplaced my enthusiasm.
Well, I found it again yesterday when I finally had a chance to open the first chapter up again and I remembered that I actually do love this story. And that I'm not a complete and total hack (My ego is a fragile, fragile thing apparently. I'm not sure I like that about myself). So I've set myself a deadline of having my first draft done by Sept 10th. This is totally doable and allows me to walk away from the project for a week while we're on vacation and come back to it with some distance and fresh eyes so that I can layer in those pesky details I always seem to forget.
That's the plan anyway. We'll see if it actually happens. I have a turkey leg at Disney riding on my getting finished so I think I probably will.
Have you ever stepped away from a project and found it difficult to go back? Ever walked away from a book only to discover those files months or years later and remember why you loved it so much?