Well didn’t I just get sidetracked.
Since setting aside The Edge as complete some weeks ago, I’ve been working on The Way. As I said at the beginning of the year, my intent has been to finish things before moving on to something else. Funny how that doesn’t always work.
In spite of helpful input from my writers’ group, and in spite of how much I love the characters, I’ve been really stuck on The Way. I’ve been – horrors! – bored with it. I’m not sure I’m telling the right story. I’m tired of working on the same scenes over and over again. So, while bored and stuck, I went through my Yarny file in search of amusement.
First, I reread The Edge and declared it complete. I’ll be submitting it shortly.
Second, I found two things. One is an incomplete short fic (The Doctor’s daughter) that was startlingly much better than I remembered. I posted it on whofic (http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=54298) and already have encouragement to finish it. The other is a nearly-complete original story. I was really surprised by how not-sucky it was, considering I gave up on it so long ago I didn’t remember it at all. I’m going to pull it together – it doesn’t need much – and maybe submit that too.
So in spite of my intention to finish The Way once and for all, I may be finishing some other things first. With luck, I’ll have fresh eyes for The Way afterwards. I really do want to finish it; I love the characters, I want to tell the story, and it’s so close! But maybe it just needs more space.