So I was supposed to start back on Riven last week. But I was conversing with Important Peeps about launch plans for Red, doing the final line edits to make sure all my commas were in the right place and my typos corrected, and then I was out of town over the weekend, so all in all Riven just kinda sat there other than figuring out a plot detail I have yet to commit to paper. Or, you know, file. C’est la vie.
Red is OUT. Yay.
It peaked here on opening day at Amazon:
You can currently purchase it from Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance EBooks. For those who would like to purchase from Sony, Kobo, Diesel Ebooks, or the Apple iBookstore, it’s coming. Those are expanded distribution channels from Smashwords, so it takes a little while to populate.
So then I was going to start Riven on Monday. But I had to rewrite my synopsis for Red for the pitch, which was, as usual a pain in the patootie. I cannot condense the awesome of 300 pages into 3. Here’s my preferred synopsis: Girl meets boy. Bad crap happens. Good guys win. Read the damn book. Apparently that doesn’t count. But multiple people have assured me that EVERYBODY’S synopsis is totally craptastic and is merely a formality. Hope springs eternal. It’s gone now.
So Tuesday, I finally open up Riven. I write 65 words and stare for a while. Because, um, I’ve forgotten my heroine’s voice for this story? Third person very different from the first person sass of my little teenage werewolf. :headdesk:
I keep harboring this notion of working on multiple projects at once, someday down the line when writing is all I’m doing as a job. But I just don’t think my brain works that way. At least not with projects at the same stage. I can plot one and write another (as evidenced by all the new blueprints I began while I was working on Red). I can edit one and write another. But I can’t write two different things at once. At least not two very different things. Maybe two things in the same world with the same voice. We shall see.
Right now I’m not quite sure when I’m gonna get back to Riven because I’ve got a crapton of promo stuff to do for Red. Which is not what you would call a goal by my definition, now is it? So here we go:
- This week I will reread Riven. Yes, again. Because I’ve got too much of Red in my head.
- I will do at least two things toward promo each day.
- After my re-read, I will write 500 words a day on Riven, even if they suck.
On the G.I.T. front, despite having a nice 5 day streak last week, I undid it all over the weekend in Atlanta. There was Brazilian steakhouse. Cheesecake. Cracker Barrel. What can I say, I’m weak in the face of temptation.
But I’m back to it this week and I am re-incorporating weights. Instead of jumping in whole hog, as I am wont to do, I’m easing back in with Jorge Cruise’s 8 Minutes in the Morning, which is a 28 day program of weight training that takes, as you would expect, 8 minutes in the morning. There’s more to it than the weights, but I’ve got the rest covered via my own means with yoga, boxing, walking, and the exercise bike. Once I’m done with the first 28 days, then I’ll re-evaluate to see whether I’ll do that again with heavier weights or jump over to Tom Venuto’s Body Fat Solution which takes closer to 20 minutes, but is only 3 days a week instead of 6. We shall see.