A couple of weeks ago, I posted the question of what novel I should start in the New Year. I also posted it on several of my online writing lists. Thanks to the many of you who responded. The answers were split about evenly between people who said I should do the Civil War sequel and those who said I should do the London/Oxford book. Oh well!
I'm leaning more towards the London/Oxford book since I'll be there starting in April, and I don't want to get really into the Civil War book and then have to set it aside. If I'm feeling really stuck at the beginning of the year with the London/Oxford book, I could always play hookey until April by working on two short stories and a novella I have outlined. One short is almost done, and the novella is about a fifth done. I guess I'll just have to wait and see how things strike me on January first. In the meantime, back to my nonfiction deadlines!
Another thing I'll be doing before I head to England is revise my Civil War novel. A rejection from an agent and a couple of good critiques have shown me where I need to firm up the characterization and flow. I already know what I want to do, and I just edited chapter one over the past two days. A book isn't finished until it's published!