Don't ask me how I came up with the title. It randomly popped into my head. It's 6:00 in the morning the house is quiet and I just poured my first cup of coffee (w/non-fat flavored creamer - YAY treat!!). I've tossed and turned since about 4 AM - and I have no idea why. Well, except for the fact that my house may be quiet, but the voices inside my head are not!
A lot has been going on lately, and I'm feeling as keyed up as if I've been pumped full of caffeine! At times I feel like I'm on autopilot, then there are times when I seem quite manic in my own mind (yeah, that's scarey right there!), and then....there' almost a strange calm-no activity-where I feel almost normal. But that doesn't come about very often and especially not today.
We are now entering the "slush brain" zone. Right now it's sheer chaos in there. Every character in all of my current wips, and even some I'm not familiar with are all talking at once! Excuse me, people but I've only got 1 laptop and 2 hands, and unfortunately there's not a recorder small enough to stick inside my brain to take all of your notes!
Where to begin...I've been working on editing my romantic suspense for what seems like ages. Well, last weekend while road-tripping for a college visit with #1 son, I was able to finish my first round of edits. Now that I've gotten my hooks back into that story, THEY want to be heard. They want to be out there for the world to read with a gorgeous cover! Hey, I'm working on it. I've also been working on "plotting" (yes, I hear you all gasp!) my holiday shorts for my upcoming anthology. THEY were to be my summer project, once I'm done with my spring classes. Which aren't helping me because I have a sports paper due this weekend (not finished with the readings) and a philosophy paper due by Wed (which I need to outline still). So now there are sports teams and philosophers yacking between my ears too! Oh, but wait....there's more.....
Thanks to a brainstorming Friday last week, the angels in HALO are back, too (thanks ladies!!) and they want their story finished. And the partial I have for a sweet romance I would like out for submission (my original summer project) needs to be finished to and there is a feeling of urgency there. Ugh. AND...for some reason, the characters from my Guardians book 1 won't leave me alone either. (WTH does that mean???) hold on...there's more....
I was just told my cozy mystery is going to acquisitions probably next week! EEEEK!!!!! So yes, now I have the sqawking parrot, barking dog, and organic pet treats added to the mix.
Hence, the slush brain. Because I can't make heads or tails out of ANYTHING going on in my head right now. Actually, I think I will sum it all up like this, and maybe they will all shut up!:
A team of philosophers are called in to solve a Christmas murder, when the mob infiltrates a local sports team and has no idea there are demons behind the killing and the mob is just a front. Only the angels know the real truth as our soldier moves heaven and earth to reach his girl who runs the local pet cafe, before its too late....
Not bad for off the fly and only 1 cup of coffee. But ya know something??? It's kind of worked! I kid you not! Just now by forcing my brain to come up with a blurb which encompassed everyone (I think), they have all taken a step back. Hopefully long enough for me to work on something while my house is still quiet.
If you ever find yourself experiencing slush brain....don't reach for the ibuprofen. Reach inside your mind and make them think they are all being incorporated into one grande story! Even my muse, Lola, is happy with this one! And she's hard to please!
Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!