Like a lot of people who enjoy writing, I have a collection of fragments, stories that ran out of juice before they reached the end. This year for NaNoWriMo, I'll be mining background material from a couple of them. The Warp Weaver's Legacy is going to be one of my primary sources of recycled ideas.
Riding high on the wave of satisfaction after completing NaNoWriMo 2008, I decided to try to bust out another novel as fast as I could, an homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs and Philip Jose Farmer. The first attempt was The Rusted Tower, which crapped out after ten pages when I reallized that the book I really wanted to write was the second book in the projected series. I tore down The Rusted Tower and started again.
The Warp Weaver's Legacy flowed fairly smoothly. John Danner was plucked from his world by a red-headed trickster and thrust into a war spanning multiple planets. The problem this time was that I lacked focus. Why have a network of wormholes AND faster than light travel? After a soft reboot, I started again.
The second draft of WWL had different problems than the first. While I loved describing the planets and aliens, there was no sense of urgency and I had the sneaking suspicion that I was merely rewriting Philip Jose Farmer's World of Tiers series. I put it back on the shelf. Three months of writing down the tubes.