I am not abandoning the work. I am just setting it aside for a while. I need time to allow the idea to simmer and warm, to rise and spread in my mind. I believe at some point I will feel driven to complete it that it will be fully formed and become a simple matter of dictation.
I have other books bubbling in my thoughts. I do not know if they are distractions, or goals that I want to accomplish. Whether I need to accomplish them before diving back into The Sphere stories or if they are simply tricks of my mind to force me to wait while I work out some details.