On Monday, May 1, I will begin my production calendar.

I have made a list of writing projects that is currently 34 items long.  The projects include fiction, scifi, non-fiction, YA fantasy, and children’s books.

Choosing one item to work on was hard.  Very hard.  But I have chosen to write book one of a series that I have planned.

I will release more information about this book and all of the others on my projects as I work.

I have chosen a book for which I do not have the “great American novel” aspiration.  I did this for a couple of reasons.

1) I want to finish this book in a timely fashion.

I have two books that I have been working on for five years.  Yes.  Five whole freaking years.  Many of my friends reading this know which two stories I am talking about and are embarrassed on my behalf for taking this long.

The truth is that I am aiming at literature for these books.  Great American Novel aspirations.  Big time.

After I get a good catalogue of books under my belt, I will most like spend six whole months focused purely on a crappy first draft of one of these stewing stories.  Then, I will spend another six months making it ready for the reading world.

2) I want this first book to be less important to me personally.

This certainly doesn’t mean that I don’t care about the story I’ve chosen.  I care about it a lot, but in a different way.

The story that I’ve chosen to tell is entertaining.  Purely.  There are psychics, murder, and cops galore!  Definitely, genre fiction.  This makes this project a bit more fun and lot less work.

Basically, it is like this:  When I am writing this project, I am not worried about Hemingway’s ghost laughing hysterically at me around the Great Dead Writers Water Cooler.

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