For a girl who’s never had a boyfriend (not that I’m complaining), I’ve sure had my share of breakups.  Of course, they’re all with fictional characters.

But this is the worst I’ve gone through.

Friday night I officially decided to permanently shelve Oracles Promise.  Every scrap to do with the novel now sits in a banker’s box in our storage room.  It’s got a pretty label.  Something like “Sunstone Saga box #1.”  And it will sit there for a long time, calling to me.

When I told my mom, in very supportive fashion she asked “Are you okay?”  It was very nice.  Because I’m not entirely okay.  But the decision had to be made.  I’d rather make it before embarking on a  lot of wasted hours in revisions than go through ten rounds of edits and realize it still needed to be shelved.

My reasons?  The book is beyond salvaging.  And my heart is not in the book as it needed to be.  (In both senses.  I didn’t like the direction the book needed to go to be publishable and thus my heart just was not in the edits.)

So I’m going to move on to Lodestar and my bright shiny new idea.  I’ll be working on re-plotting the former and researching for the latter.  Hopefully in April I’ll be ready to begin anew on Lodestar.  So, those writerly goals for the year?  I’m throwing out the one that said to have a project ready to query come September.  Because that won’t happen if I’m just starting on draft 1 redux of Lodestar.

But the good news is that I’ve learned some valuable lessons which I will be sharing in the coming weeks.  (How’s that for cryptic?)

How are you WiPs going?