Hear ye, hear ye! It is Tuesday and I am wearing the first toe socks of the season! They have penguins on them and red toes. How fun is that? Add to that the infinite bonus of wiggling them at my husband, who is supremely freaked out by toe socks, and you have the beginnings of a good day. Oh, and I’m having porridge for breakfast, which always reminds me of my months in Scotland. Lyle’s Golden Syrup is da bomb. Now if we can just get it cold enough for my favorite wool sweater, I’ll be well on my way to my happy place (that’s winter, in case you didn’t know).
I sold my 2000th copy of Forsaken By Shadow last night. Oh wait, no technically it’s 2,000 DOWNLOADS as I haven’t separated out the freebie review copies I gave out. But still. Give me a couple of days and I’ll hit the 2,000th actual sale. Last week I topped $1k in sales, so I have officially earned out more than the typical novella advance from traditional publishing. In approximately 7 and a half months. In the face of the gangbusters success of many of my indie compatriots, I must remind myself that this is still damn good for someone just starting out. I am reminded of Jamie DeBree’s comment months back that writing (or publishing?) are like perennial plants. The first year you sleep, the second you creep, and then in the third you leap. So this year I’m sleeping, perchance to dream really freaking big dreams of future success.
If I’m not mistaken, Pot also had her 2,000th download of Husy Money last night, which is pretty damn skippy, IMO. If you haven’t read it yet, DO IT MAN! (all points of sale are listed in her sidebar) It’s awesome!
Yesterday I did my full read through of my first draft of Devil’s Eye, making revision notes and small edits. Got through all of the small stuff before dinner, and this leaves me with just 2 scenes left to rewrite based on the new location I’ve decided on for where the Big Bad has holed up. Then it’s off to Pot for critique. I am pleased to report that it DOESN’T SUCK. Trust me, this is a huge load off.
I learned last week that I can actually churn out 1-2k a day. But it means that I have to blow off EVERYTHING else I’m supposed to do, so this week I am playing catch up on everything I put off. Lecture writing, exam question writing, food blogging, Evil Day Job duties, cleaning… It makes me more comfortable with the idea that 500-750 is my comfortable, I-can-reasonably-expect-to-manage-this-even-on-my-busy-schedule number of words. Which I pretty well knew already, but it was nice to have it confirmed.
It has been almost two full years since the last 70 Days of Sweat writing challenge. As I’m buffeted by all the NaNo babble, I find myself really really missing Sven and wishing that there would be another. Maybe a little longer. Like 80 or 90 days. A full quarter seems wholly reasonable as a period in which to write a novel without losing your mind. Maybe I’ll start one (we all know I’m big about starting things). Would anybody be interested in participating in something like that? A saner, slower writing challenge, maybe to finish or make sense of the drivel that came from NaNo. Or possibly to start a new project? I could have a new inspirational author blogger every week. :brain starts churning: Let me know in comments.