What do you do when you get to a fork in the road?

Updated: Dec 20, 2018

October 2017 - Well, it’s been a good week here, and now it is the weekend, and a sunny, spring day (I’m in Australia, remember), the lawnmowers are flat out, and the cut grass smell on the sea breeze is pretty special.

I should be writing a paper for work, but thought it best to do something for me first, and then I won’t feel so bad working inside on such a beautiful day. It is too breezy to work on the balcony with the dozens of papers I will have around me, trying to find the right thing to discuss next.

Another month and I should be done and dusted with the academic year, and have the head space to get cracking on my book over summer. Uni shuts for ten days between Christmas and New Year, so I will have to be organised to make the most of those precious days.

A couple of weeks ago, I was presented with a fork in my road. This fork was all of my own doing, mind you. I saw a book cover that I fell in love with. It was not in my anticipated genre, and as much as I tried to move on from it, I couldn’t, and I kept returning to it again and again.

The cover suggests a sci-fi/space opera story. Although I like both, I have to admit I have read few, compared to books I devour such as thriller/military themes (Dale Brown and Tom Clancy rock my world) and super-fast action/thriller (Matthew Reilly is a legend). I have also read a lot of romance, or at least lots of books with romantic elements in them. While my Kindle has widened my reading to new authors across multiple genres this past year, they say you should write what you know or read most of.

I have two book series in my head, and the beginnings of, on paper. Covers such as this (examples only) are what I thought I would be doing:

Hmmm. Then I fall in love with this:

I think it was the dinosaur that drew my eye and then my heart. You see, I live with dinosaurs every single day. My grandson is dinosaur crazy and has been for about 4 years now, and shows no sign of slowing down. How many times have I watched Jurassic Park (all of them)? I’d like to say 20, but it is probably more like 50 times. We watch Dinotrux, Power Ranger Dino Charge… you get the picture. Dinosaur books, toys, cushions, t-shirts, jumpers – I am surrounded by dinos!

My granddaughter is a little powerhouse. Does she like princesses? Definitely not (and any suggestion is met with a frown and a stamping foot), barbies? (ditto, but both feet join in the stamping). She loves the outdoors, dinos (did she ever have a chance!), is climbing mad, and loves pink, but try buying little girl clothes that don’t have something such as a princess, barbie, or the like, on them. Nothing wrong with them at all, but it limits our choices big time!

So, a dinosaur and a female lead on the cover… apparently, I had to have it – at least according to my heart, which was followed quickly by my head.

My fork in the road? One fork and what I probably know better and read most of – adventure with romantic elements, or maybe even steamy romance. The other fork? A dinosaur with a female lead.

As I said last week. The choices we make! Wish me luck, because I am choosing the path that I suspect will be more challenging. Time will tell.

Cheers for now.



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