It's time for: accountability! Thank god it's writing and not dieting.
Er... Not yet. It's the cheese's fault. Four kinds, actually, rolled into a huge ball and then battered and deep fried. Cheese is bizarrely de-motivating. We went to the lake to celebrate selling the first 100 copies of my second book. I was pretty happy with that, considering it hasn't been out for five days and all kinds of things went wrong. It didn't have a cover for three of those days, B&N didn't start carrying it until yesterday, it didn't come up in Amazon searches for three days, etc. But! I have structured my ROW80 word count goal so that I measure it in weekly increments. I can still meet it. I just have to write every day from now until the next check in. Every day, 1500 words. I think I'm going to do some Twitter sprints if anyone's interested. I've noticed some sprint-dedicated hashtags: #1k1hr, or maybe that's backwards. Does anyone know others?
I'm back on track with that. I've even started to hoard a few interesting snippets in the archives, like the wily squirrel.
FYI: I want to do a periodic blog feature called "Better Know a Villain," where I interview fictional villains from my favorite Indie authors. Kind of like Inside the Actor's Studio, but fake and evil. Please feel free to nominate your favorites. If you are a writer and think your villain might like to appear, please leave a comment or otherwise get in touch.
Brighter by V. J. Chambers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm re-reading this because I live in a college town, and I need a reminder every now and then that no, I'm not literally stuck in a vortex. I can leave, unlike the characters in Chamber's excellent horror novel. Although there's plenty that's frightening- disappearances, murder, soul-stealing, monsters, and more- perhaps the most frightening of all is the way Chambers captures that moment when we leave college behind for the "real world," and how very ill-prepared so many of us are.
Torment by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I'll always love this series because it was one of the first YA paranormals I ever read. I like the way Kate builds tension; I'm still not sure who or what Luce is by the end of Book 2. I like the way Luce grew a little backbone and branched away from Daniel somewhat. Usually I'm a fan of the one true pairing, but in this case pushing Daniel away is also a way of challenging the idea that her fate is pre-determined.
Current and to-read: Amy Plum's Die for Me; Jessica Sorensen's The Fallen Star; Lisa Cach's Wake Unto Me.
This has been mind-numbing these past few days. I've done a lot of making sure things were right, fixing things, getting in touch with people, etc. Footwork, aka grunt work. I am ready to move on to the sexiness that is the interview, rather than just setting it up. I want to hold swag in my hand instead of getting quotes for it. I want that new bookmark smell! But behind-the-scenes is really important, too.
Incredible that this ROW80 round 2 is already drawing to a close, huh? Time to start thinking about goals for Round 3. Have a good week, everyone, and may your Round 2 goals go smoothly.