So, the muse is not on holiday. The muse has simply been lingering in the back rooms, waiting for an ideal time to pop the question. No, not that question. This one:
"Well, how about another novel?"
Lesson #1: Never doubt that the subconscious is a sneak. It clearly noted that I was intent on working on some shorts, and didn't even poke at the novel idea until I got to the dammit I just want to write something! stage, by which point I'm not generally in much mood to argue with inspiration.
Lesson #2: Creativity cannot be planned. I'd really prefer to get a few more short stories out there. I assumed that would be good for my 'craft', coming out of a novel. The last thing I wanted to was to start another long term project. But I'm starting to learn not to argue about these things.
So, the Loki story it is. I guess it's not so bad, really. I haven't actively brain-stormed it yet and it already has an approximate beginning, end, a main character who tells me interesting facts about himself the second I tune in, and a relatively simple research base (compared to Signi, anyway). It even has a title: Loki's Boy. I'm finished the first Signi book and I still don't know what to call it.
*gives muse pointed look*
*watches muse doodle on inner notebook and pretend to be completely oblivious*
*decides must invest in pointed stick*
Well, I guess it's a good thing I picked up that H.R. Ellis Davidson book. On with the research.