I have made a decision to change my plans. I can't keep writing two books at once (Or at least writing one and drafting the other). My concern is I am in a total ZONE with "Book White" (See my WIP page for more info), and if I put it aside half written, it's not going to be finished the way I want it to. I simply cannot put aside a half written story and pick it up months later and it be the same story that I had originally conceived.
Mageri Book 4 is scheduled to be with the editor in April. This means the betas get it around March, because I'll need a couple of weeks to work on it prior to the editor. THAT means I have two full months of drafting. If I can manage to snag a week off of work during this time, that will help tremendously. I'm actually 92% done with the first draft, and that is the most work because this is when you're shifting the story around, adding and removing chapters, etc. The rest is just fine tuning
I've decided to finish writing book white first. I have 92,000 words and I'm very close to the end. I know how it's going to end, I just need to get there. Once I have the first draft, I can put it aside with a calming breath and start focusing on MB4. I'm not sure when this book will be published, but it's on fire at the moment, demanding my attention. I'm literally sitting here at my bar with 7 post-it notes with details written on front and back that I jotted down today for Book White.
What is this book about? Top secret stuff..haha. All of my books are Mageri world based. They may not take place in Cognito, but they focus around the same Breed types. This book started out as straight fiction and derailed. Sorry about that, the paranormal world interests me far too much. This one is very different in that it's not as dark. There is humor, heartbreak, love, sexual tension, friendship, and all the good stuff that makes a book readable IMO. As well as action and a bad guy. ;-) The protagonist is sassy, funny, and a loving girl. There's also a unique little girl in this book that just stole my heart. This will feel different than the Mageri series, but what I love about writing is that I get to take the reader on new adventures. This will be a book I'm one day proud of, because I've enjoyed every single time I've re-read it, chapter at a time. If it sucks me in like that, I know there's an audience out there for it.
I will give myself a firm deadline of January 1st to complete, however I'm really hoping to wrap this up by Christmas, because of the time off. I'm going to get a lot of writing done over the holidays because due to last minute decisions within the family and my work schedule, I'll be hanging out at home and the family is going off to another state to visit with my grandma. I'd rather that they be with her, because she's 90 and having family around during the holidays means more to her than anything.
I wanted to let everyone know what I'm doing, because part of me feels like I'm having a literary affair with my own book. It's really not fair to write two books at once, because you cannot headhop like that and really stay focused. 2013 is going to be a great year, and I'm looking forward to unexpected news, such as book releases that weren't planned!