After much deliberation and procrastination, I'm writing this post to let you know that work on Alaskan Hope is going to be postponed. I've struggled with the story from the first day I started working on it, and to be completely honest, I'm just not enjoying the story at all. I've tried to get myself excited about it in a variety of ways, including having the immensely talented Lori Gnahn create a cover for it (isn't it gorgeous?). I've told myself I can't work on anything else until I get Alaskan Hope done. And I've pretty much beaten myself up daily for not being interested in working on it.
It's not just a case of startitis (starting many projects and not finishing them), there's something fundamentally wrong with what I have completed so far on the manuscript and I can't figure out what it is. So, rather than push through and write 65,000 words of a story I don't love, I'm just going to set it aside for an undetermined amount of time.
When it does get completed, you'll be much happier with the story than if I did it now. I will be much happier with it if I wait until I figure out what I don't like about it.
I'm currently working on a rough draft that may or may not ever amount to anything. It's my project for this month's Book-in-a-Week challenge. (So far I've completed 40 pages of my 100 page goal.) When I'm done with this week, I'm going to sort through some of my other projects and see what's floated to the top of the pond. I have a few different stories that I'm contemplating revising. I suspect one of those will be the next to be available.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding.