I have also been having a hard time keeping up with my real life writing projects. I was once asked by my high school friend's mom, who had about seven kids, "oh you're a Leo -- do you start projects and never finish them?" Well sure, I thought. What rightful teenager didn't? But I do find I have a penchant for new ideas, and not so much the discipline to follow through.
To wit, here are my currently unfinished projects:
* Novel about a young American woman who moves to Dublin and explores the town and country via pubs, hedonism, paranoid fantasy and some boy distractions. (This has now been written in both 3rd and 1st person, even though all the material is based on a two year period in my early 20s.)
* Mystery novel featuring Howard Hughes and a Las Vegas backdrop (writing partner: mom).
* Featurette grading and reviewing coffeeshops on the NW Chicago side (this gets replenshed when I'm not working). Might be a good tumblr, or maybe a pamphlet!
* TV comedy pilot about hilariously inept people working in hilariously meaningless jobs (see something like Party Down.) I'm being a bit coy about this one because I actually think its funny, even if no one else does. (Mom does, go mom!)
My current idea is to write an outline for a documentary project I want to do in a Polish warehouse on the west side, wherein there are many crazy projects being started this winter of the motorcycle variety. I've never done a proper documentary, apart from one in which we interviewed poets around town cooking us meals, it was aptly titled "Poet's Kitchen." As it turns out poets are very easily distracted and usually can't do two things at once, so getting a good interview out of them while they are cooking or eating proved to be a challenge. I'm going to do some research this time, and try to make a wish list or outline of what I'd like to capture and the formula for each episode. But chances are I'll just show up with a crappy camera and see what I get. Then I will have many domestic beers in cans, and forget all about the fact that I'm the producer/writer/DP/editor on this gig. Maybe I need to delegate.
But if any of the above topics seem at all interesting to you, feel free to chime in and let me know what you'd like to see finished. If you're really piqued, maybe I can post an excerpt for you and you can use your own judgement (just keep it to yourself, if you're not inspired, please?)
Oh and sorry about NAPABLOMO-NO. Although I figured out how to blog via iphone, no one really needs any more of that.