I would like to start this post out by saying that I will do an awards post, almost certainly next, as I have now another two awards from more wonderful people who kindly included me. As much as I feel like thanking them now (Thank you!), and that I’m remiss for not having already done so, I’m sure that everyone will understand that I have slightly bigger news to share that would preempt, well, anything and everything short of actually publishing a book. But I will do that post up soon, really.
An update on Camp NaNo-June, before I go any further. I’m sure you all understood that the reason I hadn’t posted anything in the last few days about it is because I’ve been busily banging (gently) away at the keyboard of my new toy. And believe me, I have been. After last Saturday’s big number, I made the decision I mentioned and dove ahead because, well, that’s how I write, as you all probably know by now: Full Speed Ahead. I’m going to list the numbers below, since it’s more than a couple day’s worth.
Wednesday (today): 2,152
Why only 2,152 today? Why am I stopping so early (8:32 pm my time, when that’s the hour at which I usually get revved into writing hardcore for the night)? 😀 That would because of the bigger news:
Yup, you got it, 20 days, 77,719 words and the first draft of Where The Ether Flows is complete. I’m reasonably happy with it, but as I keep saying, we’ll see how I feel when it comes out of the drawer in a month or two (or less if I get impatient/insufficiently distracted by other stuff). You know you’ll all hear about how that goes. At least I’m reasonably sure that I won’t have to throw it out and rewrite it from the ground up, unlike the first draft of Bound. I can still make people cringe with the story of how I did that. It’s hilarious. It would probably be less funny to me if I didn’t feel the lessons learned from that experience living on in every book I’ve written since, especially Ether Flows.
This, of course, leads to the inevitable question. What next? And you all know I’ve got a couple of answers to that. I always do. I think the first thing I’m going to do is go through some detailed feedback I got from my test readers on The Way Out Is Through. I have some hopes of sending that out… somewhere… soonish, whenever it’s ready. Could I get less definite than that? Possibly, but it would require turning into something that squirts ink everywhere, and no one wants to see that. Yes, I’m a little giddy. Again. Live with it.
After that, I’ll probably start getting serious about preparing book 2 of the Necromantic trilogy, which will therefor probably have its title revealed soon. Part of the reason for this is I miss Devan already. I have a problem, I know. One day, you’ll understand why I have this problem, really. I also have the book blurb for Possession to go over and likely edit/tighten up, since I haven’t looked at that for a few weeks. And maybe in another week, I might pull The Nine back out of the drawer and go through it again, out loud this time because I think it’s time for that round of editing. Yeah, me of many many irons in the fire. And, of course, notes on every idea that wanders through my frenetic brain. Can’t forget that, even if I forget meaningless things like food. 🙂
I have a couple of writing-related posts simmering in the back of my brain at the moment, and you’ll likely see that in the near future, since I’m not writing a book now. These aren’t specifically related to any project, just thoughts on my experiences as a writer, what works for me and explanations for a few things that I’ve been told are… unusual about me as a writer (in a good way, apparently). All shall be revealed in good time, honest.
And, before I forget that too (honest, I ate dinner tonight, really), I should mention the change that some of you may have noticed in the blog navigation bar at the right. I have a Twitter account. Yes, it’s official. I’m a twit. We all already knew that, so let’s move on. I’m not going to make it a place where I just post up links to blog entries (though they will be there) and endlessly flog my books once they start getting published. That would be both obnoxious and pointless, things I try very hard to avoid being. Instead, it’s likely to be passing thoughts, minor updates that aren’t yet worthy of blog posts (though they might get rolled up into blog posts the next time I do one, as I’m aware that you may not all want to
stalk me follow me in every conceivable venue. I’m going to do my best to keep it interesting, though I’m still on the fence about this whole 140 character limit thing. We’ll see if I can complete whole thoughts and not lose my mind at the lack of grammar while engaging in this little experiment. If it disappears, you’ll know I failed and I’m sticking to longer forms like this blog.
I also need the sun to cooperate out here so I can go out and get a bunch of new pictures. My stock of what I have that is good enough (in my admittedly highly self-critical opinion) for me to post them is getting depleted far more quickly than I expected, so I need to refill the queue. The only problem lately has been that the sun seems to keep waiting to come out until I’m so totally head down in writing that I hardly know there is a sun, much less when it’s out and shining. Very inconsiderate of it, I’m telling you.