Creative works aren't like homework that you just "get around to" here and there. It's a life unto itself. So it's painful to have its fate out of your hands.
Now I do know the counter argument to this. Somewhere out there is an illustrator or graphic artist screaming at the screen "stop asking your friends and hire someone!". I know this because of how often I read threads about artists who are fed up with being asked to work countless hours for free. I totally understand. And believe me, if I have a graphic novel script in my hand, I am 100% looking to hire rather than to belittle the hardwork that goes into their creative genius. But it just seems unfortunate that in knowing some amazing artistic people who I would love to support, I just don't have the heart to ruin a friendship over a joint project. In summary, I would love to be able to work with my friends, but I don't trust that I wouldn't get all pissy about something along the way...
Hey look, a spontaneous rant. I must be over due for a blog post. Anyway, what I was going to say is that while graphic novel script seemed like the best way for me to approach Camp NaNo, which admittedly after my last attempt I am finding really hard to take seriously as a NaNo event, I was haunted by a dream that had "new novel!" written all over it. I know that it's very common for stories to come out of dreams, but I don't think I've ever had one pretty much come out 95% intact. That's what happened on Wednesday night. Had a crazy dream about things I can't even begin to place what movie/book/life event inspired. I've already put the synopsis up on my Camp profile, but in short it's about an alien race of gaseous beings... and a romance, and the end of the world. I don't know how this happened, but it all began with a phone call that my mother made me make to some guy I have never met, and he was a total purposeful asshole on the phone. Somehow this leads into all of the sci-fi stuff... the things that go on in my head when no one's at the helm...
So now I am quite possibly dedicating myself to a new novel, which doesn't make things easier on me, and adding a new title to the lineup I already have formed. I had 2 possible graphic novel projects which would have worked out perfectly for both camps. And normally I don't allow line-cutting. Then Freakhouse happened but that proved to be exactly what I needed in my life at the time. So I'm going to try this random dream idea and see how it fairs. Luckily the whole thing plays out in my head in fragments, and I have figured out why it does that, so writing it in fragments should be an interesting approach for me. It could also lead me to disregarding it as a complete story and abandon it.
I'm also feeling guilty about trying to start a new project in under a month when I'm still on the first chapter of Knightsbridge editing. But, it's not April yet, so we'll see what happens come April 1st... and what keeps going by April 10th... no promises.