Trapped between projects without a clue.

So, today I have finished the first draft of The Crimson Outlaw, which came in at 31,073 words. Huzzah! I feel the need to celebrate and also to tell everyone. But, I only wrote 1773 words of my daily 3000 words before I ran out of story. So to what should I turn next?

I’m thinking I should write one more novella in first draft, and then I can start editing The Glass Floor *and* The Crimson Outlaw. By the time I’ve done those, I can edit the third novella with a fresh eye. And then I can start a new project again. I don’t seem to do well doing more than one thing at once.

Help me, Oh my gentle reader, what do you fancy most out of these choices?


My Evil Valentine – (sort of contemporary but with superheroes. Probably set in London. Almost certain to be crack along the lines of Too Many Faerie Princes.)

The Ice Knight  – (semi-historical set in Romania. A character turned up in The Crimson Outlaw who needs his own story.)

Hoist by his Own Petard – a romance between a morris dancer and a reenactor. (Contemporary, set all over the UK, mostly in fields and ruins.)

There’s a Tea Shop one too, but I suspect that may be novel length and I still can’t decide if it’s a contemporary or a fantasy.

Any thoughts?


Speaking of Too Many Faerie Princes, I should have some news to announce on both that and Pilgrim’s Tale (now renamed Leofgar And The Reluctant Berserker) fairly soon. Watch this space 🙂


Comments (6)

ElinFebruary 13th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Leofgar and the Reluctant Berserker – favourite book title EVER!!

I fancy the sound of Hoist by his Own Petard.

Lillian FrancisFebruary 13th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I agree with Elin, I like the sound of Hoist By His Own Petard. Although, superheroes…

Alex BeecroftFebruary 13th, 2013 at 6:29 pm

@Elin 🙂 I always thought The Pilgrims’ Tale was a bit too generic and Chaucerian, so I whipped out an alternate title before sending it off on submission. I’m glad you approve. Thank you!

Alex BeecroftFebruary 13th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

@Lillian Thank you! It’s so far been a unanimous vote for the morris dancing. I definitely see that carrying the day 🙂

Charlene NewcombFebruary 18th, 2013 at 12:09 am

I’m with the majority on this one. The morris dancer story sounds great.

And curious – when you start revisions are you still aiming for 3000 new words a day?

Alex BeecroftFebruary 18th, 2013 at 7:46 am

Sounds good! And no, thats always a problem. I’ve been editing The Crimson Outlaw over the weekend and have no new words to log. I don’t know whether I should count the words I wrote for the plot plan of Blue-Eyed Stranger (which is what I’ve decided to call my morris one. Probably not. But certainly all this revision is putting a cramp in my ability to reach my 250,000 word target this year 🙂

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