As most of my readers know by now, I've been writing that second book in the Valley series and am tapping away at Anticipation in the Valley as we speak. Sorta.

Because I always want to present my historical stories with as much factual information as I can weave into the pages, you might imagine the amount of research I generally do in any given week. (Hint: it's a bunch!) Not everything I stumble on makes it into the story, though; frequently, what happens is: I'll uncover information which has nothing at all to do with the current story I'm writing, but it still sparks my imagination.

When this happens, it's awful for me, and I'll tell you why.

It's impossible for me to file an idea away in the corners of my mind and come back to it later on. When the inspiration hits my brain, I have to work on it, at least a little bit, while that spark is still glowing. This involves about three days, on average, while I gather information on the subject and take enough notes so when I come back to the subject, that spark is either still glowing a bit - or can be ignited again relatively fast.

One of these new tidbits of information popped into my Anticipation research the other day, and although it did slow down my writing on that project - it also gave me a whole chapter for another book!

Would you like a little teaser of this new book? Thought so!

I discovered an orphanage by the name of Cherry Tree Home, which existed in the mountains of Colorado near the same area as my Valley series. This information has nothing to do with the Valley series, but I can't seem to let it go. My heart broke for the children and it sparked all these ideas in my mind, so I decided to write a story from the children's viewpoint. (I'm sort of tossing the possibility of using this as the basis for my 2014 NaNoWriMo project.)

Now that I've wandered away from Anticipation for a full week at this point, it's time to get back to the work at hand - it's still my intention to finish the final draft of Anticipation by the first of May.

How about everyone else out there? Are you in the habit of working on several projects at the same time (whether it's writing, crafting, etc.) or do you find yourself able to concentrate on only one task at a time? I'd be interested to know how other minds work, so leave your comments below or feel free to email me!

Until next time - have fun with the project(s) you're working on, everyone :)