Scheduling Your Next Project

nature-animal-mouse-beautifulSometimes it is really easy to decide what to work on next.  Deadlines must be met, whether an editor is expecting your manuscript or you simply have to turn it in during their reading period.

But then you reach a point where you don’t have any deadlines.  That’s where I am right now.  I can do this or that but . . . there’s a reason to put off any number of projects.

  • I can do a bit more research on the NASA book but can’t wrap it up until I read another book that isn’t out yet.
  • I can get started on a novel but have several picture books to rewrite.
  • I can rewrite the picture books but next week is ReviMo, the Revise More Picture Books challenge, more on that tomorrow.

What I’ve decided to work on first is a new picture book based on an idea I came up with during PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month).  What I came up with is barely 12% of  a plan (nod to Guardian’s of the Galaxy) so I had to do a bit more research before I could get started.

First, I had to come up with various animals that would be going to bed as the sun comes up.  Nocturnal animals include both prey animals and the predators that hunt them including mice, rats, opossum, foxes, bats, moths and more.

Glancing at the list I quickly crossed over a variety of animals.  Bats — done.  Foxes — too popular so they’ve been done too.  Raccoons?  Cute thus done.  Opossum.  They seemed like a good bet so I did both an Amazon search and a search at my library.  Whoa.  Possum freak people out so I didn’t expect to find many books.  Yes, I could still go this route but I’m going to have to read the books first and see what holes have been left in the material presented.

I finally settled on mice.  There is almost nothing written on mice.  Nonfiction leans heavily toward “how to take care of your pet.”  While this could also mean that there isn’t a market, I’m going to give it a try.

What are you working on the first few weeks of the New Year?