I haven’t had the best of writing starts this month for various reasons.
One of those reasons was a sudden disgust with my office carpet, which led to ripping it out, refreshing the paint job on the room, and installing new flooring. From start to finish, it took about four days. Not bad for a couple of ouchy forty-somethings.
No more shampooing carpet. Yay!
On a sadder note, we lost one of our pack, the Chupahuahua, this month. He was troubled little old guy who occasionally had what I’ll call “episodes” (he’d have biting fits, bite anything and everyone for a day or two, then return to “normal”). He had an episode that resulted in having to make the decision to put him to sleep.
Basically, 2014 has sucked on the home front, losing two members of our family.
However, I try to focus on the positive rather than dwell on the negative most of the time, so let’s turn this car around now, shall we?
This year hasn’t sucked on the writing front. Even with missed writing days, I’m currently 2k ahead of my word count goal for the year.
Arcane Solutions spent a little over 4 months on an AmazonUK genre Top 100 list. Something to Curse About joined it shortly after release, and spent a bit over 3 months on that list.
How cool is that? Pretty darn awesome!
Not only that, but several new-to-my-work readers spent extra time contacting me personally, and/or leaving reviews.
Thanks bunches, folks!
I’d like to give a shout out to Mark Henwick, author of the Bite Back series. I’d discovered his series in February 2013, and enjoyed the books so much that I added his blog to my feed reader. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he’d read Arcane Solutions and liked it, via this post.
There may have been a Day of Squee.
Sales are continuing nicely, though they’re slowing down on AmazonUK and increasing on Amazon.com and a couple of other Amazon sites. You folks have no idea how nice it is to be seeing some payoff for sticking with writing over the past six years even though my writing biz operated at a loss those first five years!
Thank you again!
Where I Am Now
I’m trying to settle back down into a daily writing groove, with focus on finishing the next Discord Jones book, Save the Last Vamp for Me. It’s been slow going because I’m not in the habit of going from one book in a series directly into the next. Mostly because I’ve not had a series experience any sort of “continuing popularity” before, which means I’m having to attempt to create a new habit.
After all, Arcane Solutions was out for nearly two years before it began selling at any sort of volume. The fact it suddenly began doing so caught me flat-footed because I’d set aside Book 2 to finish “if Arcane ever begins selling regularly.”
Yeah, you could say I wasn’t expecting it to happen, but I’m overjoyed it did.
Anyhoo, I’m working on figuring out a schedule that’s actually achievable for me in regards to writing the Discord Jones series without letting my other series and writing projects disappear into the mists. I have a difficult time getting back to stories I haven’t worked on in a while, so I can’t go too long without working on them at least a little bit if I ever want to finish them without having to start over from scratch.
I’ve been overwhelmed by the “Gotta get this series written because people are actually reading it and wanting the next book” feeling. It’s an interesting feeling to have. It’s cool because readers want MOAR, and that is like the biggest boost there is for a writer.
Yet when you’re not in the habit of jumping from writing one book to the next in a series, it can lead to floundering. You WANT to write the next book because people are asking for it, but you find it difficult because that’s not how you’ve been working, and end up not getting much of anything done because what you want versus what you’re used to doing are driving you to drink.
As I said, I’m working towards finishing Discord’s third book.
So, you know, there’s that.
And I’m off to do some non-blogging writing now.