Well I successfully kept my checking down to 4 times yesterday (I was shooting for 3). I’m aiming for 2 today (already used 1 when I got up and that was depressing enough to keep me from wanting to look again until bed). I think I’m going to try to progress to just checking the sales numbers and not looking at the actual sales ranking.
I’ll be moving forward with the serialization of Forsaken By Shadow, with new episodes being posted on Fridays. An informal Twitter poll last night confirmed a landslide vote for Fridays. There’s apparently a thing some people are doing called Free Fiction Fridays (nice alliteration) and others mentioned Friday Snippets, which I’ve used before (though not in the last few years). Since I’ve got a work conference from Friday to Saturday, I’ll be queuing posts up before I leave. I’m still trying to figure out if the Friday Snippets meme is still live (I can’t find the code on Mr. Linky), and if it’s not, whether there is a meme for Free Fiction Fridays, and if there’s not, whether anybody would be willing to use it if I start one.
This morning I set up the yWriter file for the new short–thing. I can’t seem to find sites that agree on the actual length of a novelette vs. a novella. I expect this new piece to wind up around 18-20k. Whatever length it is, I’m determined this one will be a freebie. I’ve got no working title yet, and I’m still wrestling with what kind of character arc I can achieve in a 24-48 hour time span of story. Obviously it’s probably going to be something subtle or small because–well, 24-48 hour time spans don’t leave room for a lot of change. Pot is reviewing my blueprint today, so hopefully she’ll have some thoughts on that and on theme.
In the meantime I’m plowing on with setup/class prep. It’s looking like I may actually manage to get everything finished this week except for recording and editing the lectures and writing exams. I’ll start on the recording on Saturday or Sunday when I get back from conference. I should be able to get that done in a couple of weekends. Just in time for class to start. There are other things I would LIKE to do, but it’s the first semester I’m teaching this, so it winds up fairly bare bones. That’s the nature of the beast.