Holy crap…huge spike in views yesterday. And confirmation as usual–everybody loves the idea of my kitchen witch. Lorelei, do you hear that? Tell me your flipping story, woman!
Amazon apparently changed its reporting system in Digital Text Platform from monthly sales tracking to weekly. BEFORE THE FLIPPING END OF THE MONTH! Damn you! Now I can’t figure out how many sales I have by the end because the first week you report has part of May in it, and I have to wait on you to generate the monthly sales report, which inexplicably takes a week! Why couldn’t you wait until TOMORROW? Me wonders whether this update is what caused the massive Amazon fail yesterday wherein most of the books on the site weren’t buyable for a few hours.
I had a freakish and bizarre dream wherein I met the CEO of Barnes and Noble while waiting for a connecting flight in the Detroit airport, and in a conversation during which he bemoaned lagging sales, I gave him an earful about all the things they need to do to improve their ebook sales. AKA when you list format, list an actual FORMAT. Ebook does not qualify as a format! Among other things. It was actually the plane crash, bioterrorism, and parachutes that made the dream weird. Don’t ask.
So I had a huge pity party yesterday. I won’t recount the details as they annoyed even me and my bad mood was banished by the fortuitous arrival of a couple of puppies at the office. It is a scientifically proven fact that it is IMPOSSIBLE to stay pissy with a 6 week old ball of cuddly fluff in your lap. Anyway the end result left me wondering whether I am a mental trainwreck (in terms of my ability to focus) in general this year or whether I have some kind of block on this book in particular and am merely suffering from a raging case of second-book-itis (wherein one is terrified that the book they are writing to follow the current debut release is not up to snuff).
So last night I made a plot bunny. You know, plot bunnies, generally the random ideas that spring up and have a habit of multiplying at alarming rates when you’re supposed to be working on something else? Also known as squirrels (because they distract you like a dog is distracted by squirrels). Usually they just pop up without any intervention from you. This time I deliberately went looking for one. I started wondering who else escaped from Fort Hurley at the end of Forsaken By Shadow. There were a few details I didn’t clarify, some questions I didn’t answer. Or I implied the answer without stating it outright. I’m thinking of taking a different tack. Three weeks or so pass between the end of FBS and the beginning of Revelation. There’s time for something to happen. And there’s this whole other faction that’s in opposition to the Council that I haven’t introduced yet…
I’m not going to abandon Revelation–it’s too important to the overall series plot–but I really wanted another novella to follow up FBS. Partially as an issue of my workload this year–trying to do a full other novel just now is kicking my tush–and partially because in the long run I’d like to do a print release with a pair of novellas to be the first official book in the series. Much like Zoe is doing with Blood Lust, which is a compilation of her three novellas.
So that’s what I’m playing with just now. I’ve got the vaguest of sketches, a setup, a goal, working on the obstacles, and I know more about the hero so far than the heroine, though he has no name. I know the very basics about the heroine, including her name–Kayla–what she is, but not much else yet. Working on more character stuff today and trying to come up with plot points. I’m giving myself this week to play with this and see if it comes together. If it doesn’t, I’ll go back to Revelation.