Okay, so it's a dramatic title. I couldn't think of anything else. *cape flapping* So, to update on the last post, just a few days after sending my previous post (The Long Road to Publication) out into the world to fend for itself, I received my first e-mail from my editor. *angelic light, high note* It seems that things have either sped up, or I was grossly mistaken as to the time frame I'm looking at. I assume, as I am totally new to this, that it was the latter.
Maybe August was the last month my novel would potentially be peered at by an editor, and things got sped up. Maybe August is when my novel is set to be released. Maybe neither of these is the case. *shrug* These are things I will have to ask.
Maybe...well, regardless of the maybes, the e-mail informed me that I'm looking at having my first round of edits to me in mid-May. Or sooner. I accepted this time frame (you can bet your sweet ass I did!).
My biggest problem here is that I'm a procrastinator. Wait! Hear me out here! I don't think that procrastinating on edits will be an issue for me. I expect to have them done quite soon after being given them. This is literally and figuratively a dream come true. I am not messing this up.
What I meant was *glaring at the imaginary people who would have jumped on my back* that during the sending out process last summer I was either too crestfallen or nervous to really focus on anything new. I have no less than three more novel ideas racketing around in my head, and that's just in the short term.
A very dear friend gave me good advice - to put the "how soon and when" out of my mind, stop cheating myself out of the joy this should (and did) bring, and maybe write something else. Some time ago I joined a particular author's Yahoo group and she is very accessible to her fans on it, as well as being very funny and very sweet to her devoted (some would say "rabid") fans. While she was working on the edits for her last novel I asked her if she wrote something else in the meantime, or if she waited for one project to finish before doing more than notes on the next. Her answer was what I expected - it's not realistic to wait for one project to be totally edited, done with, and set to be published. (The inferred ending here was, "Unless you want to always be just a casual writer while slaving away at your day job." She didn't say this, and maybe didn't even mean it, but it's what I took away from it.)
My problem? I have about 10 pages of the new novel written down. I found myself unable to work on it because I was too focused on what was happening with the last? current? one. I recently figured that with edits not happening until August, I had plenty of time (the procrastinator's favorite phrase) to work on the new one, and with the upheavals in my life right now, things would have time to settle down and I'd have a lot written out by that time.
So, now I'm wondering - should I take the plunge and start on the next one? Will the edits on my current project interfere with the almighty (and somewhat pretentious-sounding) creative process? Should I edit the short story I mentioned previously and go with that? Should I use the time between now and May to have an intervention on the amount of Netflix streaming that is consuming me? Should I...should I...and more should I.
I'm not worried about the edits themselves. I welcome the suggestions and help from a professional editor (or so I say now, bwahahaha!). I want this novel to be the best it can be, and I'm sure everyone involved with this project at the publishing company feels the same. (Even writing that makes me giddy. And for those wondering, yes, all of this STILL feels like a dream I am constantly horrified I will wake from.)
Advice is always appreciated. A cheap joke is, too. A lot of the nervous, needy edge is gone from the writing process, but life does intrude - unpacking from my recent move, working, being social, reading, my Netflix intervention, prying my PS3 controller or Vita out of my own hands (damn you, blessed-but-life-eating Disgaea in all your incarnations), and trying to be active.
But now, because it's very late and I have tomorrow off, I think I will turn the lights off, relax, and scare the crap out of myself by watching The Descent. Perhaps it will scare me into a revelation. Time and procrastination be damned...for one more night.