Summer is always physically hard for me, and that affects how well my mind works. Right now, there are a lot of issues that are making it even harder for me to focus, so I’m in scattershot mode for the forseeable future.
I posted A Perfect Slave on my Live Journal blog, as a serial, chapter by chapter. Now I’m doing the same on Archive of Our Own, a free fanfiction site, and for some reason, that’s moved me back to working on the novel and expanding it, rather than more or less abandoning it. The version I’ve been posting is “next to last” rather than the final version, which is about 2,000 words longer. I’m not setting a possible word count for the “final” final version because that isn’t the way I work. I’m going through it, chapter by chapter and finding places where it could have been more fully developed. So that’s one piece of the current mix.
Another, of course, is Set Me Free. Work on that is very intermittent because it’s entirely depressing and because I know that even if I finish and publish it, it will sink like a stone. Still, it’s something I’m driven to do, so I can’t abandon it. Second piece of the mix.
Third is A Well-Educated Boy, which, typically for me, is evolving from a bare idea without a clear middle or ending to a story that I think will work. So work on that is progressing, also intermittently. Number three in the mix.
Last, is something that I may or may not continue from its bare start — an article about Bradley Manning’s apology to the court in the last week of his trial. In all the articles I’ve read so far that are responses to it, there are issues that no one has brought up and that I think are terribly important. I’ve been disinclined to write serious articles because I have no platform for them. I’ve started blogs, but it takes so long to build up a readership for a new blog that spending time and effort on anything important is like throwing words down a deep well. But I recently joined Quora, after much hesitation, and if I do write the Manning article, that’s where I’ll publish it, on my blog. I wasn’t aware, until I did join, that you can maintain a blog on Quora. The interaction I’ve found there with other members tells me that any articles I post there might at least have a chance of being read. We’ll see.
So that’s where I’m at for now — the grasshopper mind jumping frantically around, hoping that it will actually accomplish something eventually.