I think it's a good thing to take the time each spring and fall to take a look at the list of projects you might want to do and get started on them. I looked at my long list of ideas and threw some of them out. In hindsight, they weren't such terrific ideas. But I had forgotten a few things on my list and now I'm excited to get started on them.
I know summer is coming up, and the last thing most people want to be doing is sitting in a room someplace, writing. But writing is portable. A pad of paper and a pen can slip into a bag, pocket, purse, and backpack, and be carried anyplace you go. Write on the bus on the way to work. Write on the subway. Write on vacation while sitting at the beach watching the waves. Take in the world around and its people. Some great characters can be found on a bus or subway. Make friends with the stewardess; I bet she has some great stories which a plot could be developed around.
The 2nd book in The Mida series is set in the 1930's gangster era. We have about a third of it done, and are working on fleshing out the characters. I can get some great ideas sitting on my porch sipping ice tea and watching people interact with each other as they walk by. I wonder if I can use any of that in Carter's book...
oops, did I let it slip out that book two of the series is Carter's book...?