Sunday, October 7, 2012

Opportunity Cost

I am currently 33% into Possessing Karma. The story ready to unfold is the clearest it's ever been (for me) and it's turning into the best book I've written so far. Exciting.

Writing Karma means I'm not sewing an Irish dancing dress for my daughter. That is one of the opportunity costs of choosing to write over other activities  It also means, to a MUCH lesser degree, that I have not downloaded the new panda expansion on World of Warcraft. Whoopdie-Do. There was a time when I would have done it the first moment possible then tried to power level. Now the game has been tainted by more than pandas and I don't care enough. I hope I care again because it was fun once. But I digress....

I am also NOT writing three different books. In the past month I have had moments of genius for three different, unrelated, not in my genre niche, stories that I think would be awesome and take the publishing world by storm. If I started every new project the moment inspiration hit, I would never finish anything. So, along with my three additional Elizabethan era historicals I have planned, these ideas must be shelved for now. This is the opportunity cost of writing and finishing a book.

So I am not writing:

  • 3 Elizabethan historicals
  • A complete revision/rewrite of Courtly Pleasures
  • A chapter that will flesh out Courtly Abandon
  • 1 supernatural romance w/secret baby (but not a cheesy way)
  • 1 supernatural romantic suspense based on my time in Ireland
  • 1 kitschy vampire series (a minimum of 5 books I'll write it in 5-7 years when the market's not saturated)
  • and 1 that I won't even mention because the idea is so great you might run with it and then where would I be?

Oh, opportunity cost.

In other news, 90 days since the RWA 12 conference is approaching and that means it's time to start politely  reminding the agents and editors holding on to my submissions about me. A little nervous.


Stacy McKitrick said...

Glad your writing it going your way. Sure makes things easier, doesn't it?

By the way, What is the RWA 12 conference? Something out in California?

Erin Kane Spock said...

Romance Writers of American 2012 national conference. It was in Anaheim this summer. Next year in Atlanta.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Oh - I completely misinterpreted what you wrote!

I think nudging is part of the business - especially with a popular agent. I hope you get some good news!

Kathleen said...

I didn't recognize opportunity cost until about 5 years ago...I always believed I could do it all if I just worked a little longer, faster, etc. Now that I realize it's a true principal, I really resent it. It sounds like you're on the right track...just be sure to write down all your great ideas in as much detail as possible, because it's amazing how your brain forgets!!

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