Here’s the thing, I still have stories that I want to write. Truth be told, for me writing is like quilting: I have far more stories (and quilts) that I want to do than I have years of life left to do them. So what to do, what to do? I’m thinking about just writing on my own timeline, much like I do with quilts. Quilting is the one thing in my life that I do strictly for myself. I don’t make quilts for other people because the first time someone asks “When will it be finished?” I have an irrepressible urge to shank them. Given my shy bladder I don’t think I would survive very long in prison, so it’s best for all concerned that I don’t make quilts for people.
Anyway, I’ve said all that to say, I’m thinking about putting writing in that category. No deadlines. Just me writing because I’ve got a story to tell. Of course, without a contract there’s a very strong possibility that the stories won’t be published once I get them written. Publishers tend to want contracts because they know writers well enough to know that without a deadline most books will never be finished. Try a Little Tenderness, which I wrote without a contract took two years. I revised that book so many times that I came very close to deleting the whole damned thing. On the other hand, I finished Morning Star in three months flat because I was on deadline. Without a deadline it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to revise a book indefinitely, or at least until you reach the point of setting it on fire. (I get that way about quilts too. By the time I finish one I have to be physically restrained from destroying it.)
I also have to deal with the fact that I’ve promised fans two Rock Star sequels. If nothing else I’ve got to write those two books. (Yeah, I’m OCD that way. Once I say it, it must be done.) Again, there’s no guarantee that either will be published, but I have to be fair to folk who’ve hung in there with me for the past nine years. So yes, Buttercream is still the last book I can guarantee will be published. It will be released in July. I hope to have Dark Star finished sometime this year (no guarantees), and then Superstar sometime next year. After that, who knows?