The house is really, really quiet. It's kinda freaky.
I've got my writing prereqs: coffee, keyboard, music. (Music does not count as sound. Not in post-children quiet.)(Video from Lauderdale, a band from my hometown. Their first album is coming out really soon and I can't wait. Since it's not released, I can't post it in the usual spot. Great writing music, and the video's directed by my talented friend Corey Hannah. I'm plotting ways to get him to do a book trailer for me.)
So far this week:A new writing opportunity kind of fell into my lap. I can't really say much about it at this point, other than that I'm really excited about it and it has nothing to do with either of my two WIPS. There's a deadline involved, so I've had to shift focus and do some... I can't really call it brainstorming. Adapting? Reimagining? I have been going through old manuscripts, writing parts of new ones, and trying to get the two to make friends. I am going to go ahead and claim an editing day on this one, so that's one day out of five met. I will have to write (or edit) every day, including this one, to meet goal this week.
If you've ever gotten kids ready for the school year, then you understand. Also, I recently accepted some commitments with the IBC (Indie Book Collective). We're gearing up for their Bestseller for a Day promotion on August 17th. And then there's the new project.
See, I have this 260,000 word futuristic SF series sort of stuffed in a file. I always thought of it as my "practice" series, and never thought I'd do much with it. Sometimes I'd think of it. I'd tell myself I really should do something with it. Then I'd go back to my WIP. I'm still not entirely sure what I'm going to do with it. 260,000 words is kind of a monster. But part of it, a very small and adapted version of it, may have found a home. So that's what I'm working on this week. After that, who knows? Maybe I'll rework and release this monstrous series. But it will have to wait its turn.
This will not, I repeat, WILL NOT, significantly impact any stated release dates of either Blake House or Blood Redemption. Please do not send me angry emails.
Thank God for Daniel. Can you believe he did both supply lists? With both children in tow. This is the new awesome: a man who is not afraid to brave Wal-Mart's maddened hordes on tax free weekend so his wife can sleep off a book binge.
Ok, to re-cap ROW80 goals:
1. Am expecting increased output due to back-to-school freedom
2. Got in one day of editing- a little behind this week but can catch up
3. New writing project! Yay!
4. Marketing/ The Business of Books: Getting involved with The Indie Book Collective.
5. Reading/Reviewing: Frannie Billingsley's Chime was epiphany-inducingly good.
Life is coffee-scented, empty-roomed, subtly musical, and full of words. So all is well. May your week be just as you order it. -VK