Roadblocks and Ghost Boners

You read that right. I hope that wasn't shocking enough for you to write me off as a total freak, but I've been working on a new novel and that's about where I'm at with a working title.

 

I hit a wall with the Tinkers - I didn't like where it was going, I felt like it was too slow but also coming up to the climax a little too quickly. I had so much more I wanted to say, and it was already shaping up to be the longest thing I've ever written. So it's on the back-burner now. I took a break with it, but I do intend to get back to it. I just thought I would take some time to work on a project that seemed a little easier (building a fantasy world is not as easy as I thought it would be). I've had this idea in my head for a while, and I thought I would open the floodgates and see what poured out.

 

The idea is that a teenage boy dies while trying to lose his virginity (it's a real cluster of a situation, but I already wrote that part and it was damn fun), and so as a ghost his unfinished business is to lose his virginity. Until then, he's stuck on that oft-explored plane between this life and the next. I thought this would be a nice, light spin on an old tale. I don't know if I'm funny enough to have it turn out to match the vision in my head, but we'll see. After that, I plan on tackling the Tinkers, reading it through, and wrestling it into a finished first draft. It is a good story, and I love my main character in that one, Nonsa, she's such a badass. Her motivation needs a real tweak though, and that was one of the things that made me stop - I just wasn't buying what she was selling, you know? The other characters are pretty solid though, and I think with a little time and perspective I could turn it into something good. Then I just have to decide where I want it to end, if I want to consider it being the first in a series...

 

I have had so much going on in my life that I'm wary of even setting any kind of long-term goal, but I would say that tentatively I would like to see this Ghosts Can't Do It (another potential title, though that one would be copyrighted I think) as my project for the summer, and polishing up another draft of it and finishing the Tinkers as my winter project. Things should start settling into a routine soon, and then I'll put my nose right up to that grindstone.

 

I'll do it, too.