Last week I enjoyed a nice long “staycation” at home while Bryon was in Wyoming fishing and Grace was at her Nana’s. I had intentions of writing on my next novel with obsession.

I found several other obsessions to occupy my time instead. I did manage to write sixteen pages, nearly 4,000 words, and I’m happy with the start of Reap & Redeem. Much happier actually than the first three chapters of my first book, Reap ‘Em & Weep. Those still need some work.

It’s been three weeks since I sent my partial manuscript and synopsis to the two agents, and I continue to anxiously await rejection. Or not.

I actually tried to do some plotting on book two before I began, but as usual I was impatient and just jumped into it headlong. I was excited to get things going. Two books under my belt is much more impressive than only one.

I’ve learned so much during the process of book one, yet there is still much more to do on it. It is a long way from publishing ready. As I begin book two, I have already found some things I’ve had to go back and change or tweak in book one, so that book two will make sense. I’m glad it’s not already published or that would have been impossible.

As excited as I am to plow forward with book two, I’m also a little hesitant. Book one took a LOT of time. A lot of late nights. A lot of effort. It’s a long term commitment. Like a marriage but with one year options to renew. On the one hand, it’s difficult to maintain enthusiasm over the long haul. On the other hand, I’ll never reach my goals if I don’t keep writing and learning and increasing that word count. Books don’t write themselves.

I thought having all of that free time would actually be a blessing, but I squandered most of it. It reminds me of the movie Funny Farm when Andy Farmer moves to Redbud with his wife so he can write his great novel only to be constantly distracted by the various craziness of small town life. Meanwhile, his wife secretly writes and sells a children’s book while he struggles with his own writing. See, maybe we need the pressure after all

I’ve been letting my first manuscript sit and stew. I made the few small adjustments so my next plot would fit, otherwise I haven’t even opened up the file. If and when, I get a request for the remaining manuscript, I’ll dive back into it and finish cleaning up my beta reader edits.  Until then, I’m content to let it lie for a while.

I’m hoping it will be like a pot of chili and get better and better the longer it sits and simmers.

Mmmmm, who’s hungry?