“Avena Sativa”… it means – greetings in a non-human language? Character name for a mouthy half-human, half-elf archer? Capitol city in a mystical land?
Nah… it’s actually the Latin name for ‘oat extract’. I read it on my shampoo bottle and thought ‘wow, that sounds cool’!
So, why am I talking about the soothing ingredients in my herbal shampoo (also with goats milk and Manuka honey)? Well, it’s a demonstration of how rapacious and capricious my muse is. It takes one little spark and she’s off and running. Before I turned off the hot water, I had characters, backstories and plots all developed around ‘Avena Sativa’. All quite exciting. My muse was delighted.
Then I remembered… I already have one WIP in editing phase and a second in draft. Not to mention a new idea brewing for a spec-fic short story anthology.
So now, let me segue into my point; I’m a slooooow writer, frequently distracted by ‘shiny’ things… or oat extract. This means I find it hard to make a decision, and harder to stick with a project. I’m currently debating whether to…
a) spend a few weeks finalising the editing of my WIP, Guns of Perdition, and then publishing it – thus finally having a book ‘out there’, or;
b) whether to hold off publishing and sink some months into writing books II and III of the series – thus then being able to release the series closer together. Or;
c) do I shelve the whole series for a bit and bash out the short story anthology I’ve been toying with (complete with brand new, shiny short story about oat extract) – thus satisfying the muse’s immediate need and still having a debut book ‘out there’?
I’m now so torn with indecision I’m stuck and I can’t work on anything!
Avena Sativa, friends.