I love the smell of words on a Saturday morning. It drives me on, because for a moment (well, two days actually), I get to feel like I’m a full time, professional writer. Yes, I put in the hours and try to maintain the attitude of those things every day, but for the weekend, I get to forget briefly about the day job and wrap myself in my writing world, which makes me very happy. Viva the weekend! Viva Camp NaNo!
The past couple of days have been good, with me writing steadily on Where The Ether Flows and being fairly happy with the results. No 3k days, but that’s okay. My personal pace number is only 2k, and I’m still beating that every day, despite the cold/whatever this ickyness is refusing to go away. Thursday saw 2,604 words and last night I put in 2,685. I probably could have gotten more last night, but I felt like playing God of War (again) and I think I needed a few hours after work to just chill after the week from hell (again). I also got distracted by a Facebook conversation with my friend SJ, but it was a very productive distraction.
She’s one of my test readers, who is currently working her way through the new draft of Bound. We talked a bit about that. I mentioned that I was also working on the blurb for Possession, though that’s total first draft and I’m not rereading it until I’m done Ether Flows. Too busy, Devan won’t let go of my brain, all the usual excuses. I teased her with very early tidbits from Ether Flows and I think she wanted to jump through FB and smack me for it. 🙂 But we also talked about cover art for the books. I’m almost 100% back to definitely self-publishing (no, I don’t expect anyone to be surprised in the least by that since I’m not), though I’m giving serious thought to paying the extra bit and getting a dead-tree (print) edition out there as well as the ebook. There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest one is simply, why not. It isn’t that much extra to do it after all, and I hate the idea of limiting my potential market for such a small bit extra. That just seems silly to me. Note to self, remember that it’s an investment.
Anyway, we were discussing cover art possibilities and came up with some good ones. I now have at least one good option for each of the Mirrors books, and Bound and The Nine both have two options. It’s marked down in a file of cover notes and I’ll think some more about it in the meantime, see what I think and maybe chew them over with a few other people, including at least a couple who haven’t read the book, just to see how well it draws someone into wanting to try the book out. We’ll see where that goes, but yes, things are progressing as far as me actually releasing some of this work I keep going on here about. It’s just that writing, being an iterative process that requires a certain amount of time and distance, isn’t an overnight process. It’s more like a glacier slowly but surely moving across the land. I’m getting there though, and you all must realize by now that it’ll be all over this blog when the time comes. I promise to at least try to avoid being obnoxious about it, really. Not promising success, but whatever. 🙂
I want to say thank you, by the way, to my friends and family, definitely to my test readers, and to my loyal followers here on this blog. The support and encouragement you guys all offer me is beyond my ability to put a price on. I swear, it’s like a fountain that refreshes the spirit when life gets you down. You all mean the world to me, and I appreciate you sharing this journey with me. I feel very lucky every time I hop on WordPress and see all the people rooting for me. I should mention that, after my last post, the most amazing thing happened. I passed 100 followers! And I mean real followers. I’ve noticed that for some reason, WP includes your FB friends in your follower total when you link the accounts, and I don’t think that’s really accurate. For one thing, just because someone’s you’re FB friend, that doesn’t mean they go and read your blog posts. Also, I know in my case that at least a few people are in both camps, which is why I didn’t say anything when the ticker first showed I was over 100, because to me, I wasn’t there yet in a real, honest sense. But either way, I’m there now, and totally amazed to be. When I started this blog, I seriously didn’t think anyone other than a few family members and friends would care. I remember when I got my first follower who wasn’t on either of those lists. It was quite a rush, one that I still experience a bit every time someone clicks the button. Thanks, guys, for joining me, for being here and reading.