Sunday, December 17, 2006

Take two

Remember how I was so stoked to start plotting TWISTED Friday? Well, sometimes the best-laid plans get slammed, LOL.

Just as I was sitting down to plot, I heard from my Blaze editor about a slight revision that would need to be done for THE ULTIMATE BITE, my July vampire release. And since THE ULTIMATE BITE is on a tight production schedule, she wondered if I could get the revision done by early next week.

Since I'm not on a hard deadline (just a personal one) for TWISTED, I complied. Besides, the revision is a small one (Brenda Chin herself will tell you that she's not doing her job if she doesn't ask for a revision, LOL.). However, I had to do the bulk of it Friday because yesterday (Saturday) was faux-Christmas with most of my family. My bro, sis-in-law, and the adorables (er...nephew and niece) are going out of state to celebrate the actual holiday with s-i-law's family. So what I'm saying is that Saturday was out of the question for any work to get accomplished.

Hence, I put my vague ideas for TWISTED to bed and revisited THE ULTIMATE BITE on Friday.

Sometimes it's tough to switch creative/mental gears like that. One moment, I was geeked to start TWISTED while THE ULTIMATE BITE was sleeping in the back of my brain (I knew there'd be a revision, so I hadn't quite buried it.). The next second, I was yanking BITE to the forefront while shoving TWISTED into BITE's resting place. Confusing, to say the least, since I had to reacquaint myself with the details of the world I'd built for BITE while forgetting everything about serial killers and haunted houses. Yet, that's just how it goes, whether you're a homemaker who has to put aside a beloved project to take care of a broken appliance or a marketer who has to concentrate on a higher-paying account at the expense of a lower one. We all have to prioritize and work at the mercy of deadlines. It's just part of doing business.

That said, I'm going for another walk to get my mind back on TWISTED. Let's see what happens today....


Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Ah, isn't that usually the way? :/

Hope you're having a GREAT day! And BTW, THANKS for adding me on your MySpace. :)

Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green said...

Y, thank you for being my MySpace friend! LOL. I'm still getting used to the community. I'm kind of freaked out by the enormity of it.

Hope you have a fun day, too. I'll be eating lots of food with writer buddies, so I can say I "worked" because I'll be networking over eggnog....