In which the author has clearly given her mind to the pixies
Sometimes I don’t think that story characters are real; sometimes I know.
Yesterday on the Dreamspinner author’s loop Elizabeth (the owner) posted a cover and a request. She was looking for an original fairytale (not a retelling) between 15,000-55,000 words. This was the cover.
I saw it and thought, "Ooh!" Then tried to sit on my hands, because, my god, I’m so behind right now I can’t even tell you. Then I took a shower. Big, big mistake. Because anybody who gets these story people in her head knows damn well that water is a conductor.
I’m in the shower, and I find myself with soaping hands paused as I think, "It’s not glass. It’s ice. And it’s on a hill, and enchanted hill. He’s gone up to find something, like a quest, but he finds this instead, and it distracts him. And it confuses him. But what’s with the horse?"
And then I said, "Oh!" and the story ran off like crazy and I watched the movie until soap ran into my eye.
I thought, nope, somebody probably already claimed it. I thought I should shut up and not take this because TOO MUCH TO DO OMG. But then I had to email Elizabeth about something else, and of course I said, "By the way…."
It’s my cover. I have to have it done by May or so. Actually, I potentially have until July, but I’m saying May because at the rate I’m going, I’ll get to start it in May.
Or so I thought.
Let me explain to you the level to which I am behind. Right now I am doing an edit for hire, of which I have 75 pages left. After that I have many zillion pages of my own copy edit of Special Delivery. Then I need to submit Miles because apparently the slots are far out and I need to grab one fast. Then I need to fix the bits in Double Blind I knew I had to fix and resubmit it before it goes to edits. Then I need to deal with TSV, to say nothing of Temple Boy. Oh, and Two To Tango is pounding at my head and has about 12k. I want to try for at least one of those anthologies; my preference would be both, but I only have a bunny for the horror one right now. Oh, and there’s the trial balloon story I’m writing with another DSP author.
This is if course why, as I sit down to hammer on that paid edit, I end up chosing a writing meditation soundtrack I made years ago which turns out to be a perfect soundtrack for the guy-in-ice story. And I keep finding myself stopped in the middle of a paragraph as I watch the movie. It’s a good movie. I’m all intrigued.
BUT MY GOD. At this rate I’m going to have to train the cats to help with some of this. At the very least I feel they could do the laundry and the dishes.