Two rants in a row for me, apparently...
So, you know how you have an awesome idea, and somewhat realized characters and setting, but realize that you don't have ANOTHER awesome idea that will pair really well with your first one? Yeah... that's been me for this whole week. I totally had it for a story this week - I put two of my 'someday' ideas together and the sparks flew! I pounded out a cool story for the PARSEC contest and submitted JUST in time, but didn't have time to edit. Not an ideal situation, but whatever. Maybe I'll have a Jay Lake moment, or maybe I get my story back in June and clean it up. Anyway. So then I moved to my idea for Mirror Shards - which SLIGHTLY crept up on me - and realized that there's something about the story I haven't realized, so I don't know what to write.
Which totally bums me out because I'm really excited about everything else I have going for the story, I just don't have... something. There's some Chinese characters in my plan, so I looked for inspiration from some Chinese history and philosopies - nothing. I kept trying to write through it but my brain was blank. So unless inspiration strikes in the next 23 hours, I don't have a Mirror Shards submission like I thought I would.
It almost seems worse having had another story come together so well just days ago. :P