Dear Brain,

No. No, no, no, no, NO.

There are many things we need right now — an answer to the question the stranger just asked Dead Rick, a precise outline for how Eliza and Miss Kittering are going to achieve a state of conflict-balance, some sense of what’s going on with the Society — but NONE of them are the premise for a random secondary-world YA fantasy series.

Even if it involves an order of holy lady knights who run around spying for the Queen they’re sworn to protect.

You know perfectly well what this is. We’ve entered into the Stage of Oooh Shiny, where everything looks enticing except the book we’re supposed to be writing. Put the shiny down, and get back to Victorian England.

(After all, I’ve already written half a page of notes for the YA-knights idea. Maybe we can do more later tonight.)

Er, I mean, NO! No new shiny. Work on old shiny instead. I promise, there’s plenty of fun to be had there.

Not nearly as cross as she should be,
Your Writer

0 Responses to “NO.”

  1. kateelliott

    Coincidence? My brain has taken the day entirely off thinking about the book I am working on, and need to be workin gon, and has grabbed onto three Shiny Ideas that have nothing to do with it. Yes, I am at that exact same stage.

  2. matociquala

    >>>Put the shiny down, and get back to Victorian England.

    Yup. I hear ya.

    But Lady Knights are shiny.


    I’m at the stage where I want to be nailed into a barrel and fed through the bunghole rather than type another word…. but there’s still six weeks of deathmarch before me.

    • Marie Brennan

      But Lady Knights are shiny.

      They are. Especially when they show up with all the details and flourishes this lot have — and the idea’s less than twenty-four hours old.

      but there’s still six weeks of deathmarch before me.

      This is where the Japanese language serves one better than English does, because “Ganbatte yo!” fulfills the role of “Good luck!” while also meaning “Try hard!”

  3. ninja_turbo

    Stay good, brain, stay good! Or, you know, sufficiently sadistic to write the actual WIP.

    Hey, if the timing works out, we can have YA Novel Cult later this year. 😉

  4. d_c_m

    Ooooo new shiny cool idea about holy lady knights!

    Er, sorry swan.

  5. yuuo

    Oooh, lady knights. I’m down with that.

    Er, I mean, back to Victorian England with you!

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