The Grosjean Chronicles or To Catch A Marlin...
Now that Bengaria's War is "complete" and in the hands of betas, I find myself flitting from one WIP to the next. To be honest, I've got two on-going stories, both set in the same world as the Lancaster world (to make things easier) and both competing for my attention.
Last week, after resurrecting The Grosjean Chronicles, and then this week, To Catch A Marlin, I realized that both were becoming too similar. Ack! We can't have that happening!! Then it got me wondering if that was the reason I couldn't get past a certain point and ended up writing Bengaria's War -- which is set in a completely different world, and so, fresh.
Yesterday, I spent most of my supposedly-allotted-for-day-job-time reviewing what I'd written so far in To Catch A Marlin. Of course, I couldn't help but fiddle with a few paragraphs and tweak a few chapters, mostly to disguise the fact that it was once again set in the Lancaster world. I think I managed it, but kept enough similarities to make you wonder. The fact that both Grosjean and Marlin end up at the same place (okay, a space station) right now is irrelevant. There will be plenty of time later to fix things up and give each a little distance.
But, I'm still in a quandary...I want to continue writing, both of them, at the same time. Which one, I'm not sure. I've also reviewed all my notes on both stories (making adjustments along the way...of course), and still haven't come any closer to a decision.
I'm thinking I should let both have another little rest. I've also been asked to beta the sequel to a really cool SFR story, the first in the series to be released shortly (this month, I think). So my mind is tugged in that direction as well.
I wonder, maybe to solve the problem I'll just have to flip a coin and let it rest at that.
Oh well, cheers!