Horridtacular as this year's been, two good things came out of it creatively. I finished Fall Of The Hammer, was damn proud of it, and got it out into your hot little hands (all six of you), and I got the wheel grinding on Unmortal. That wheel continues to grind, such that if I keep things up I should have a rough first draft by [counts on fingers] uh, February? March? Of 2021, that is. Let's say March just to be on the safe side.
What comes after that breaks down like so:
Absolute Elsewhere. This one I have the largest idea for, the general arc of the story, but am missing the details, and without them I have no way to really light the fuse on it and make it go bang. That said, previous experience teaches me all I need is one good spark to touch off such a fuse, and that I just need to keep bangin' various rocks together until sparks fly.
Shunga-Satori. Some discussion with friends the other night helped snap this one into shape. The problem is that it is still so bleedin' hard to describe to anyone save people who know me really well, it might also be all but impossible to write it for anyone but that audience either. If I can get over that hump, though, watch out. You'll be in for a ride.
I mentioned before my "response" to the likes of Ready Player One and other books that use video games as material, metaphor, and allegory. It's just an idea right now, but it might turn into something eventually.
And on top of all that I have one or two other sooper sekrit projeckts I'm not at liberty to discuss yet because they involve other people and things are deeply under wraps, but more on those when/if they go anywhere.
One more thing I'm mulling in '21 is a change-up for how I handle the balance between creating new stuff and talking about things I like. Both are important to me and each feeds into the other. I've tentatively explored a strategy where the first week of the month, or something like that, is devoted to doing critical/analytical/evangelical work (analyzing things, or pointing at things people don't know about and saying look at this great thing here, you'll really like it). Doing all those things for the month in the course of a few days' burst might help sustain the momentum to knock several such projects out of the way in one go. At the very least it might help me chisel away faster at that pile of stuff that never gets read fast enough.