Happy Cinco de Mayo! Once I finish my tea (and oh boy is it ever a two cup morning), I’ll be putting together the marinade for the carne asada I’m making for tonight’s little Cinco de Mayo get together with the neighbors. It’s the first time we’ve had them over (for shame…in 3 weeks, we’ll have been here a year), and I’m in wow them mode. I’m even making homemade tortillas. The wife came over yesterday to borrow an egg, which made me ridiculously happy. It’s a silly thing, I guess, but it’s just so neighborly.
It’s been a really good writing week. 5393, with SOMETHING written every day. Except yesterday. I’d love to get back into a groove where this was the norm rather than the exception. Either way, I’m solidly into Act 4 and barreling toward the end of Riven. I had hoped to finish the scene I’m on today, but we’ve got a LOT of cleaning to do before tonight, and since I got up way late this morning (10:30!), I didn’t get any writing in before hubby got up. I might be able to get a couple hundred in anyway.
And speaking of James Scott Bell, I’m still working my way through The Art of War for Writers, which I’m loving. He’s got several exercises that I want to try.
Also on the reading front, I’ve been plowing through Nalini Singh’s Wild Invitation anthology. Which has just made me happy because I love the Changelings and it’s fun to see the little spin off mating stories of some of the side characters. It was a nice little tide me over until the next Guild Hunter novel comes out this fall (October, I think). Except, of course, that it didn’t actually last me more than this week. It was enough to make me go search out fan fic of both series (ultimately a disappointing endeavor because I am no longer capable of being a non-critical reader and most fan fiction is very amateurish and I just can’t take it). So I may be doing some rereading of that series here soon. Oh! The next Psy-Changeling novel comes out in June! Score! Not so long to wait after all.
I’ve been thinking a lot about serials lately. I know this is something that has become possible again with the advent of ebooks. Some folks are writing and releasing “episodes” the same way I write and release regular ebooks, charging some set amount (apparently usually 99 cents from what I’ve read) per episode. And then there are the folks who use Wattpad to release stories part by part (I’ve been serializing Forsaken By Shadowthere, but haven’t really done anything to promote anything) to build an audience, and then release and sell the whole (while leaving up the serialized version). There are probably other methods of doing this that I haven’t thought about yet. But what do y’all think about this? I mean, there are lots of issues to consider. Do you write the whole thing before releasing it part by part (this is what I did with FBS the first time I serialized it on the blog)? That’s my first inclination because I know how often things wind up changing on me as I go. But then there’s the challenge of seeing, if I plot everything out really thoroughly in advance, can I stick to it and release on a schedule? How often do you release parts? I’d think weekly for the kind of scene by scene part release on Wattpad. But how often for buyable episodes? I’d imagine them to be longer. Maybe full acts unto themselves (which would, I hope, end on sufficient hooks to make people want to move on to the next one). How do you feel about serials as a reader? How would you want them presented, how often, etc? Inquiring minds want to know.