I've discovered a critical disconnect that has caused resistance on my part. I can't seem to get myself back into my original full-length script. The reason is that my original concept, poem, and the MFA course requirements for movie trailers and posters do not match with the current version of the script. The original ideas were more sci-fi, but the reality is all action/spies/intrigue. The technology ideas I started with only become the catalyst for my conflict, but not the driving theme. A-ha!
Back to the drawing board - and that's a good thing.
The short I wrote with Brandon is now headed for contests. The funding isn't available to get it produced with the director we talked with. That's ok becuase we both like the original script in original form rather than the cut version the director wanted. It's all good--either way is good. I like that we continue to move forward with it rather than let it sit and get stale.
My illustrator is reworking his illustrations to really fine-tune the tone from the first book, so we are moving forward there as well.
One of the challenges writers face is the speed bump or the stop sign in a project's life. We have to be flexible and adjust - a lot. The challenges each of these writing projects have brought me have been good for me. At least I can say that I've met them each with an open mind and willingness to do what it takes to get them to production.