Friday, April 16, 2010

Leaving Egypt for a while.

I am way burnt out on ancient Egypt. I have two books set in Egypt outlined and one partially written, and I need a break from that setting.

I am researching and plotting a book that falls somewhere between literary fiction and fantasy. Literary fantasy? Maybe. It's weird, I can tell you that. And it involves birds. Lots and lots of birds.

I really need to scour my brain by writing something heavily literary for a while. I feel like I've been reining in my creativity by sticking too close to what's commercial and therefore safe. I want to go all out, get weird, and get very uglypretty. It's going to be a fun ride.

First, though, a synopsis. Gotta write a synopsis.


  1. Have a ton of fun! I think I've probably got three Egyptian books in me, but then I'll need a change of setting too. Maybe Mesopotamia.

  2. Don't hold back, miss!


    Or something.

  3. I am definitely going to return to historical fiction once I've gotten this out of my system. I love historical fiction -- it's so much fun to research! But I've got to play with words more than I can when writing commercial stuff. That sounds very OH I AM AN ARTEEST, but it is what it is.

    I've actually come up with an idea that is firmly in the literary world and has no traces of fantasy in it. The bird book will still happen one day, but my agent will be relieved to learn that it won't happen until my career is more solidly established. I am going to get right to work on this new literary novel tonight.

  4. Good luck with the new project! You know what they say, a change is as good as a rest. ^_^


  5. You're wise. First, you need that synopsis. If you don't know where you're going, it's hard to know when you've gotten there.

    It's only the canvas, of course. When you get to writing your novel, you may discover that what you thought of as the first leg of the journey is actually only the first novel in a series of them.

    Most important, have fun. Roland