1. I need to bust my ass on this stupid novel if I'm going to get it into fighting shape by winter 2004.
2. I am getting frustrated with it, and time is too tight to waste on projects that I'm not going to do anything with in the long run. It's fine to test the waters of different types of writing, but in the end it adds up to a lot of wasted effort.
3. It sucked.
Anyway, strangely, I'm quite comfortable with having done it. I know a lot of creative types agonize over abandoning a project, but I've never been one of them. It's a drag to dump something after putting a lot of work in it, but it's better to me than carrying on to the bitter end when I could be doing something I like more. Eventually the dead project just becomes an excuse not to work on your real stuff.
Dumping that project frees me up from pretty much any obligations, writing-wise, other than my log and my novel. (I'm still keeping the comic alive, hoping against hope that someone with a real enthusiasm for superhero books and the ability to draw will just show up on my doorstep, but I'm not working on it too hard, because that's probably not gonna happen.) It frees up a little time, too, to maybe stumble across a freelance gig or do a collaborative project, so if anyone has anything in the works, please do shoot me a line.
In other news, El-P's "Fantastic Damage" is a goddamn great record.