Juggling…

I have a few books that I am working on. The Vampiress Sagas, of course, is the one at the very front of my work load.  There are more though.  I have been working on a comedy sci-fi that I truly hope is funny.  Another one that I’m working on is a YA fantasy.  Then I have family life, kids with school, husband just back to work, and (for those of you who don’t know… I’m finally talking) in September I’m due to have another baby.  So, yeah, right now I’m juggling.
The Vampiress Sagas is my prime, ‘you have to work on this’ book.  There will be four in that series when it is done.  But there will also be a planned three in another series with a large amount of the same characters.  I’ve fallen in love (or a wonderful dislike) with most of the heroes, villains, and anybodies in this series that I don’t know if I will ever tire of working with them. (Ahhhh, warm fuzzies.)
The sci-fi book is my second priority with work, and the one my husband is dying to read the most.  He absolutely loves the storyline.  He loves the others too, it’s just this one makes him laugh and it tests some of my boundaries.  I’m writing this one a little differently, and working on changing some of my style… just for this book.  I work on this story when I’m in a more playful mood and just can’t settle into my vampire world.  This book also takes very little historical research.  So if I’m stuck in a doctor’s office for an hour I can just freely type without having to worry about investigating the past.
Just like with The Vampiress Sagas my YA fantasy has been in my head for years.  When I was in high school I wrote a short story of it in a journal.  I’ve also, over the years, have had several dreams with this storyline.  I work on this when I’m in a dreamy mood.  And although the characters in this book and the sci-fi one are fun, enjoyable, completely developed, I just can’t see either being more than one book worth, so no sequels are planned.
There is also an additional book that I have to start thinking about… I think it will be a novella.  My 10 year old requested that I write a werewolf book.  I’m going to need to think about it very carefully.  I’ve never planned on writing anything with werewolves.  I’ve loved and enjoyed several movies and books featuring or ‘starring’ them, I just never planned on this.  I think it’ll be a challenge, but one I’m sure I can handle.  I’m only doing it because she was a little broken hearted that my vampire book had sharks, zombies, and vampires, but not her favorite… the werewolf.  I still will not add one in my vampire world because they don’t work there, but I will write a story just for her.
My husband started back to work two weeks ago, but his students just came back last week.  He has been upset about the lack of reading that will go on this year.  His school, like so many others, got rid of their AR reading program and they are not getting another reading program in its place.  With him being the high school librarian he is going to need to come up with an incentive program for the kids or most of them will never read.  It’s really sad.  My daughters start back soon and they are both a little eager.  And everyone wishes that my due date was in July so we could have started the adjustment period with the new baby when the family was all at home.
So here I am working on three different stories, while trying to think of a fourth.  My husband and kids are getting ready for school and my baby is getting ready for her big day… the day that will always be her birthday.

Here is my little question/s for you… How many books are you taking on at once?  And if you are also adjusting to the new school year, how are you taking it?

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6 Responses to Juggling…

  1. Alissa says:

    Wow, I am in awe! I have no idea how you manage to do all this. I cannot really work on more than one book at a time without losing my mind, and I don’t even have kids to keep me running around and busy.

    • sarahwinters says:

      Thank you! The two kids that are running around right now are 13 and 10. So it’s not too hard. I’m going to keep writing but there is a part of me a little concerned with how often in the first few months. It’s very important to my husband that I get to keep this dream of mine. With his support I know I can do it. 🙂
      As for the books–the outlines are all written, the thought is all there, all I need to do is write it out in story form. And for different moods I have different stories. I will not start the werewolf one until I am done with the vampire books and the sci-fi one. It’s just one I have to think about.

  2. Hi Sarah,

    First of all, congrats on the new baby…how wonderful for you! September is so close. You don’t have long to wait!

    Remember when we discussed e-readers last year and the possibility of downloading text books to them? I think I told you I won a Sony Reader not long after that. Anyway, I was all set to download at least one of my fall textbooks for this semester and then I found out I can’t go back because I have capped out my student loans and I can’t do a private SL because of my terrible credit. So, long story short, I won’t be going to school this year (not sure when I’ll get back to finish my degree *frown*) and in answer to your question. I will be working on my ONE novel this year. I kind of took what happened with school as a sign that it’s time to devote the time needed to finish my novel! Keep your thoughts with me that I will keep up my dedication!

    That’s too bad about the AR program at your husband’s school. That’s what I love about my boys’ elementary school. They really focus on the importance of reading. Your husband seems like a dedicated librarian so I’m sure he will come up with something brilliant to get the kids reading.

    My boys started back on August 12th…can you believe it?! 77% of parents in Nashville are against this starting date. I really hope they change it next year. I hate them going back so early! The adjustment has been a little different for us because I’ve been staying at my mom’s since the 1st of July. I had a serious cellulitis infection in my leg, was in the hospital for 9 days and then on IV antibiotics and home health care for over a month. I’m finally pretty much well, but coordinating the kids’ school with me staying here and my husband at our house has been a little hectic! But I’ll be back at home today so everything will get back on track and I can get busy on some Fall cleaning (since my summer cleaning plans were wrecked).

    Sorry to bend your ear for so long. I tend to ramble when not on Twitter…LOL!

    Take care and congrats again on the impending arrival of your baby girl.

    Michelle =O)

    • sarahwinters says:

      Hey Michelle,
      Rambling is very welcome. 😀 And thank you, we tried for this little one for 6 years!
      I remember your winnings, 🙂 and I thought that was soooooo awesome and perfect timing with your school and all. I’m so sorry about your school this year. You seem very passionate about getting your degree. I’m sure you’ll find a way to finish. I do feel bad about the obstacle though. But I try to always see the good in everything and it sounds like you sure could use a small break to get all back in order. Your poor husband must miss you insanely (and you him). It must feel great to be back home. Just don’t outdo yourself and take a break when you need it. I’ve heard that sentence all summer long. 🙂
      Richard (my husband) tried all weekend to think of something to motivate the kids at his school. We talked about monthly winnings of $20 gift certificates to the kid who reads the most books, or a bigger quarterly prize of an iPod or something. He’s still thinking.
      I would agree with all the parents over there! The 12th is way too soon to start. Most schools here start today, but my girls start on the 30th. I always remember starting near the 1st of Sept. and having Labor Day weekend happen the next week. Well, at least your boys will be out to mid/early May. Still that date just seems too early.
      YAY for writing! I have full confidence that you can (and will) finish writing your manuscript and that it will be great. 🙂 With how much you read and love literature I couldn’t imagine you not being a wonderful author!
      I better go do some laundry… it never ends.
      It’s always great to hear from you,
      Sarah

  3. I just realized that I had already told you about my illness this summer. So sorry…I think the infection affected my brain as well. 🙂

    • sarahwinters says:

      🙂 No worries… I remember because I had to look it up to know what it was. It sounded awful. But something like that I wouldn’t remember who I told or I might repeat myself because who knows if they would remember. Hopefully you’ll stay well for a looooong time.

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