It's a serious and heartbreaking topic. Orphans. I don't mean kids without parents. I mean those glorious little gems that you, as a creative person, intend to birth into the world so that everyone will know your genius, but for some reason you abandon them on some hard drive or in a back closet where the spiders and CHUDs live.
"Here, kid. Take this bag of Cheetos and some Sunny D. I'll come back for you later..."
But you never do. Maybe you were working on a novel about the rabbits that live on the moon. Maybe you're trimming the hedges in front of your house to look like X-Men characters. Maybe you're building a terrain set for your Warhammer 40K game, but you want it to look like Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel.
Whatever you're working on, I'm assuming that you, at some point, thought it was a great idea. Then ... things got in the way. It's possible that you were distracted enough that it was a long break before you could get back to it and once you did, you didn't even recognize it. You look down at the mass of wires and gyros and synthetic flesh you stole from that lab and think, "No, this was a really dumb idea."
If you're like me - and God help you if you are - you have both a plethora of ideas and you're easily distracted, like that dog in Up. Perhaps you're working on a self-published web comic. You know - the one about that haunted copy of Altered Beast? Then one day you find out about RPG Maker and it's suddenly, "Stop everything! I'm going to make an 80-hour RPG about Yor, Hunter From the Future! (If you are doing that, then hit me up. Let's be best friends.)
Either way, I don't know that you should feel obligated to return to those orphans. Leave them to waste away, like in V For Vendetta. When you return, you may find them stronger. You may find that they've had time to harness their latent psychic abilities and now they're ready to hunt for you, to kill for you. And that's great! It's possible that your brain was working on all of this stuff in the background. Now that you've rediscovered your passion for this project, you have to ask yourself, "Are there other, better ideas I've had in the mean time?"
Of all of your ideas, how do you choose which one to focus your energies on? Which of these little babies do you rescue from the purgatory of your imagination and decide, "No. It's you. You're the one I want the world to know about."
That's my problem. See, I have a completed novel and two novellas sitting on my hard drive. I'm probably going to self-publish them, but that takes time to get it right - promotion, editing, getting a cover, etc. They're so close, closer than many of the other things that are at the forefront right now, but ... are they the best thing for me to be focusing on right now? I have no idea. Sure, you should follow your passion, but some of these things have a shelf life. Some of your half-formed, mutant rejects may have been ready to go when you were working on them, but now they're just not relevant. Then you should probably have the wisdom to just strip them for parts. Take the organs and integrate them into some new, abominable life form or just sell them on the black market. It's up to you.
Me? Right now, I've got a lot dark chambers with these poor, neglected little freakshows just mewling and howling to be released onto the unsuspecting public.
a horror novel
2 horror/comedy novellas
an unfinished graphic novel
a new webseries
a different, spooky webseries
a serialized horror podcast
a new series of thriller novels
more scripts than I can even remember
There's probably more I'm forgetting. I'm sure there are. Maybe I'll stumble across them when I'm cleaning out the proverbial garage and think, "Oh ... Oh, you're still in here? You ... you actually look pretty good. Why don't we get you cleaned up and see what you've got?"
What about you? Any cast aside projects that you need to get back to?
And what do you all want to see from me?
listening: the Dead Kennedys - Bedtime for Democracy
watching: Galaxy of Terror - Bruce Clark