There's always a tension when it comes to planning out the schedule for a new book, because I can fill all available time (just like I can spend all available budget). With this new project, I have to create characters, come up with a plot, detail a setting. Pretty much everything! And it'd be nice to linger over it… but without feeling a crunch I won't do the work. I'll procrastinate, I'll play games and I'll engage in a lot of self-doubt. I won't actually get more work done if I give myself three months than if I give myself five weeks.
I mean, I've never scheduled a book and stuck to it. Citadel of the Sky and Matchbox Girls were both written without even self-imposed deadlines, and took years. Nightlights was scheduled to be written across two years (based on the work I did on the previous two), then accelerated dramatically and written in 9 months. I had hilarious ideas about how fast I could write Gravity's Angels but practically speaking it took a year, with 8-9 months of actual work and a baby and book launch. So this time, I'm giving myself a little over 10 months. I hope this is reasonable!
The risky times are going to come once summer break comes, and once the baby drops down to one nap a day. Oh, and if I have another book launch. 🙂