Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mid-Week Update

I love this quote by Neil Gaiman. I think of it often when it gets hard to keep hitting those keys:
"When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day." 
So far, this week has been almost a total bust as far as word count. And reading? That's been a bust too. I haven't flipped my Kindle's switch in days. I can still salvage the week, as I have set this round's goals to 500 words 5 times a week. That means I can still manage if I write every day between now and next check in. I did manage some writing last night, but it was under 500 and felt like building the pyramids of Giza. The important thing was that I did it, even though I didn't want to, and I channeled some of the dark energy that's floating around into my ms. That's one of writing's great blessings, IMO. Everything shows up in my ms sooner or later. 
Gus, age 2, and me

My dog of seven years died on Sunday, the day before my daughter's birthday. We're all pretty shaken up about it. 

So I'm keeping this check in very brief. In fact, I think I'll switch to list form:
1. Newsletter goes out this week with a discount code for Darkness in the Blood. You'll be able to pick it up for .99 for a limited time. Also including the super secret censored prologue. 
2. The IBC is having their menage a blog event all this week. You should definitely check it out, because there's a chance to win a lot of cool stuff. I think there are something close to 20 authors participating, and you get a free copy of their book just for leaving a comment. Even if you missed an author's featured day or whatever, you can go back and leave a comment and still get the free book. Free is good, and some of these books look really good. 
3. I forgot to add: Jessica Verday, author of The Hollow trilogy, has an online perfume and jewelry store called Abbey's Hollow. If you've read the books, you'll know that the main character is named Abbey, lives in Sleepy Hollow from the Washington Irving story, and makes her own perfumes. Besides just being a neat marketing tie-in, the store is really cool and she's having a sale. Sale! 20% of everything on the site, and a free necklace with orders of $45 or more. You might want to check it out, if for no other reason than it's a really cool site with tie-ins to her books.

I hope everyone has a really great, productive week! I had a wonderful time laughing over the Mr. T thing. It still has the power to make me giggle, and for that, I'm grateful. -V


  1. Oh honey. Huggles. I'm so sorry about your dog. Keep on plugging away as you can on the WIP.

  2. sorry to hear about your dog, pets become like children, I'm sure you'll be back to writing when things settle down.

  3. Stacey Wallace BenefielJuly 20, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Sorry about your doggie. :( I lost my Ophie in November and it still smarts. I hope your daughter managed to enjoy her birthday a little bit. Keep on truckin' on the writing, or, y'know, just say screw it and eat ice cream. Big hugs.

  4. ((hugs)) on the loss of your pet. So sorry! Keep it up with your writing goals, you are doing great.

  5. I'm so sorry about your pup! Try to keep smiling this week as you cope.

  6. Thanks, everybody. Writing, ice cream, kind words- it helps!
    @Stacey, my BF's dog is named Opie. I am really starting to wonder if we don't share DNA or live parallel lives or something.

  7. So sorry to hear about your dog! I'll be thinking of you and your family...

  8. Sending you big hugs! My Loki passed away a couple years ago and I don't know what I'd do if I lost (my) Gus and Guapo.

  9. Having lost a pet myself (several, in fact) I send my deepest sympathies and internet condolences. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    I'm really intrigued by Jessica's interesting tie-in to her stories. What an interesting and original idea for a writer to do for their own marketing and merchandising! I think this is something a lot of us introverted authors don't think about. :)

  10. Hey, I came to mourn with you. I lost my dog on Monday. He is the first animal I have ever lost, I thought I was going to die. I am doing better now, ROW80 turned to crap for Wednesday.

    Sending hugs, and a load of virtual tissues your way.

  11. Oh, Catie! I am so sorry! I am right there with you! (( hugs)) Your first dog, too! I can't imagine. It *will* get better, though. Eventually. And thanks, Tawnysha and Claudia, you guys rock!

  12. Kate, I really think Jessica's site is pretty groundbreaking all around. I don't know if you've read The Hollow trilogy, but Abbey dreams of starting her own perfumery called Abbey's Hollow. It's one of the main conflicts in the book- her parents want her to go to college, she wants to put her energy/money towards her own business. Jessica Verday is with a major publisher, too, so she must have had to get permission to open the site.
    Jessica makes her own perfumes, but I've heard of another Indie who partnered with a woman from Etsy to make a line of perfumes for her books. I've thought of doing something similar with coffee and sketchbooks. I think there's a lot of untapped crossover potential out there.

  13. Love the Gaiman quotation. So True. Also, I completely appreciate the observation of the cathartic nature of writing. Mr. Miyagi style: Darkness on, Darkness off. Now, you are ready Daniel-san.

    Sometimes it's nice to have those side, throwaway projects for the rainy days. Bad day? Let's go kill off a cast. Twice, because it's a paranormal. (We can always bring them back for round three). :-)

    Even if you don't hit all your goals... there's always next week! Keep ROWin'!

  14. So sorry to hear about your dog. Having lost a pet in the past, I know how hard it is. *hugs* Keep on plugging away.