I have a lot of ideas for stories. Several of them are for novels, many for short stories or novellas. I keep coming up with them, so I know I'll never run out. But I have One Big Story in mind - the first novel I started working on when I was in my twenties. I have the first draft done and the second draft about 20% done. There's a ton of work to do on it. It's my baby, my child. If I ever publish anything, it will be this story. It contains everything I'm all about and I love it more than anything else I've ever come up with. It's my alpha and omega, my final testament to existence. It's the only real gold I have to offer the world. I wonder sometimes what I would do if I ever finish this book and get it published. What then? Everything else I have on the plate pales in comparison. Would I feel any incentive to write anything else? Would anybody want to read anything else I wrote? Why would I bother carrying on? I think one of the reasons I haven't finished this story - the reason it's still on the back burner and is likely to stay there for a while - is that I don't know if I'd want to carry on writing after I finish it. I'd better get a career done and in the can before I finish this story, so that I, and any readers I might have, would regard this One Big Story as my crowning achievement. I would probably retire after it's published. I remember reading a quote from James Joyce after Finnegans Wake was finally published. He said, "If I ever write anything else, it will be very, very simple." He never did write anything else. Does anybody else feel like this? Does anybody else have One Big Story that overshadows anything else they might write? Does anybody else feel like, if they complete their Lord of the Rings, their Moby Dick, their To Kill a Mockingbird, their Divine Comedy, that they'll just pack it in and call it a career?