Took a little longer than I thought, but it's happened.
The TIS muse has reared its ugly head. Normally I would not say ugly. Normally, in fact, I would be quite glad of that, and would welcome the opportunity to write a bit more on it, finish another chapter.
Yes, normally. But there's this little thing called NaNoWriMo. And for NaNoWriMo to work, the TIS muse needs to be silent. Maybe not for the whole month, but for at least a healthy part of it. Well, whaddaya know, it was actually happening. I was clicking along with Desert Rose just fine. Then I got a three-day-long migraine, and for some reason, after that everything changed. Maybe the headache crossed some of my brain wires or something? I don't know. All I know is the current situation, which is as follows.
I now have ZERO inspiration for NaNo. Well, okay, not quite zero, but definitely not as much as I had before. Conversely the To Ignite the Stars muse is being more chatty than it's been in MONTHS. Seriously, I haven't had as much inspiration for that fic since the original plotbunny attacked me back in May. Which leaves me with precisely the dilemma I figured I'd have when I signed up for NaNo and got the Desert Rose idea.
I can't work on two projects at once. I. Just. Can't. I do NOT have that much creative energy, let alone time. I have two assignments for school due within the next four days (one of which is almost done, but that's beside the point), a presentation to do and a paper to put together at work. I've examined this issue from every angle and come to the conclusion that there is no way I can do Desert Rose and TIS at the same time. So, as I see it, that leaves me with the following three options:
1) Forget about doing daily NaNo word counts, and just do what I can. That is, continue to work on Desert Rose, but in a vastly reduced capacity. Throw myself into TIS until this unexpected bit of inspiration burns itself out, and then return to Desert Rose. Continue to divide myself between those two projects as the muses see fit.
2) Forget about both NaNo and Desert Rose. Start putting the push on TIS the way I was doing before NaNo started, and work on Desert Rose only when I'm sufficiently ahead in TIS.
3) Try to block out the TIS muse and continue pushing ahead with NaNo and Desert Rose. Make Desert Rose the only outlet for my creative energies at this point.
Of those options I probably like #1 the best, because it wouldn't feel so much like I'd given up. It wouldn't be working on two projects at the same time, not technically anyway, since I'd be going with the current inspiration. I know from bitter experience that trying to ignore a muse when it's chattering away just doesn't work. Inevitably one of two things happens: a) bits and pieces of the other story start seeping insidiously in until the fic starts looking remarkably like the other story or b) the fic comes out feeling very half-hearted and tedious because it doesn't have the full weight of inspiration behind it.
I don't want either of those things to happen to Desert Rose, because I like it too much. Let's face it, though, TIS is my baby, and like all babies it doesn't enjoy being ignored for very long. Sooo I'll probably go with option #1. But by all means, if you guys have another suggestion, feel free to comment with it.
*strangles both her muses*