As you might have picked up, I've been a little adrift writing wise. It's just that I've got this belief from studying investment management that one must NEVER put all your eggs in one basket.
So I worked on some other stories whenever I took a break from the Doorways drafts so that I could clear my mind. I've finished my third rough draft this way.
But now I'm almost done with editing Doorways, while I have time to burn while waiting for crits to come back. And you know... I'm just not feeling any of the other stories. They're great. There's one in particular that I adore. But now I could start rewriting it. And I'm... just... not.
Not because I love it less or lost my passion for it. No... It's just that my muse is singing a siren's song, trying to drag me back to the Doorways Series all the time. And it's really difficult for me to maintain an interest in any other books while this is happening and the reason is pretty simple - if somewhat girlish for a fantasy series.
There are these two guys and they both have the hots for the same girl. And they're trying to compete without competing, because they're blood brothers. So... yeah... I know that it sounds like a cliche, but things are considerably more complicated than that. I'm not going to talk that about now, since it'll take a few pages to explain.
But yeah. These guys, the girl and a few others make my head quite a mess, but every now and then, songs randomly start playing that invariably want to make me write - specifically: write the Doorways Series. Why?
Because the capture the essence of what things are like when the guys are alone with the girl. To illustrate:
First guy and girl together:
Second guy and girl together:
See? Both are INCREDIBLY sexy, but really different. And I am shipping the girl with one guy (not telling which), but the girl just has no idea of who to choose at this stage. In fact, right now, she's not even vaguely aware of the second guy's feelings. So... I'm dying to know what happens. And every time these songs, or one or two others play, I just get the urge to sit down and discover more of their story.
Do you have a story or series like this that (for whatever reason) just won't let you go?
P.S. While we're on the topic of Doorways, Matthew Rush from the QQE is going to crit my query letter tomorrow, so please go say hi if you have time. The original letter is here.