For the past two weeks I have been hiding under a rock. Occasionally I would reach out from under my rock and reach desperately for the internet but my friends would stamp on my fingers until I capitulated. This is because my friends are good people who only want what is best for me.
Last Wednesday I had an exam in Veterinary Medicine which was single-handedly deciding whether or not I was actually in final year or not. With the help of my friends, family, and jack-booted thugs employed to push me if I did anything but study, I passed! I am very happy, and above all excited to be sleeping more than 5 hours a night (as someone who becomes unbearably grumpy without their good 8 hours, and 30 minute morning nap, and 45 minute afternoon nap I feel this might explain some of the overenthusiasm shown in jumping on my fingers).
Now, you may think to yourself "That was Wednesday, and now it is Monday. Did she sleep for FIVE DAYS?" and if I had my way, you would not be wrong. But those friends that I spoke about earlier decided that it would be good to take me out of myself, so they loaded me in a car and took me down to Ladies' Day at the Galway races.
Ladies' Day at the Races (not just the Galway ones, there are many races. We're mad for the horses here) is a very special strange kind of weird thing. Everyone gets dressed up basically as if they're going to a wedding, in impractical shoes and wearing a hat, and bets on horses and cheers on their pick. Then there is a special prize for the best dressed ladies. I do not think you can bet on them, and they definitely don't like it when you try and cheer them on.
There is a problem with this. It is Ireland, and in Ireland it rains - even in summer. Galway is in the west, and in the west it rains ESPECIALLY in the summer. The horses looked sad. One of my lovely companions found that the blue dye that ran from her feathery headdress mixed with her blonde hair to give it a lovely green tinge. We saw girls wearing bin bags over their shoes. We became extremely close and familiar with some lovely men who owned umbrellas.
I had a very successful time at the races.
I discovered an uncanny ability to recognise the horse that will seem to be winning until it's coming up to the post, at which point it will come second. I also discovered that "betting each way" would have gotten me money for that :(
Many young gentlemen were exceedingly nice to me. A barman gave me a free glass of wine and a wink. A group of boys pleaded with me to give a birthday kiss to their friend. I was asked out for a drink later on!
Then it was pointed out to me that my lovely cream dress had combined with the wet wet rain to become a lovely translucent dress. I am however, a self-sufficient young lady, so I McGyvered my way out of the situation with some plasters. Unfortunately, this was somewhat too successful, and I have yet to work up the courage to remove them....
So, In between sleeping and being rained on and losing money on horses, what have I been doing? (Well, I have been reading my friend Sinéad's blog
because it is hilarious, but apart from that...)I have been beating my head against a wall because I have too many story ideas.
Have you ever heard of buyer's remorse? It's the longing for what you didn't choose, the desire for what you decided you didn't want, the fact that even though you know you prefer chocolate, now that you've left the shop you really really want vanilla.
I have that, but for story ideas instead of icecream (although now I kinda want some icecream) Basically, while I was studying I built a dam in the part of my brain that comes up with stories, and as soon as the exam was over the dam burst and now there is a flood.
So here are the ideas:
1. Middle Grade Urban Fantasy. 3rd person POV, mostly about Gargoyles, shortest wordcount, female heroine w/ female best friend.
2. Y.A. Urban (Rural?) Fantasy. 3rd person POV, Irish Mythology, mid-range wordcount, kinda romancey, female heroine with nice brother-sister dynamic.
3. Adult Mystery/Romance. Slightly Alternate Universe (like in the last 5 years) 1st person POV. Female heroine (yes, I know...)
Okay, so these are a bit light on the detail, right? So how do I expect people to help me choose without knowing about the plot etc? See, I figure they all have good plots, I love them all equally and I shan't listen if other people don't! But I guess I will expand if people ask me to :)
In many ways I am grateful. Too many ideas is I think better than none at all, but I can only work on one at a time, and what if I pick the wrong one? Normally I would ask mistful
but she is off gadding around the states like a hussy and I am not at all jealous of her. So therefore I am asking the Internet, both to help me pick and to tell me how YOU decide what you're going to do. Not necessarily about writing either, how do you choose chocolate or vanilla.
Thank you for helping if you help, and for reading if you can't, but either way, here is a cute picture: