1. I got so much encouragement and support when our house got hit by one of the tornadoes that plagued the South this past April, causing extensive damage and injuring my husband. This happened just days before I was scheduled to release the sequel to my first book, and I was already a bundle of nerves. People came together for me with words of encouragement, reminders not to panic, and stories of disasters of their own that they could finally laugh about.
2. As far as the actual writing process, I've never found a more supportive community than ROW80. There are no rules, no requirements, no "do this for us and we'll do something back." The laid back attitude goes well with my personality, and I've found a lot of like-minded compadres here. I've made friends and found beta readers; review partners and other writers to exchange excerpts with; Twitter sprint buddies; writers and the nearly-published who are now good friends.
3. Encouragement and accountability. I get this for my most off the wall ideas- there's always someone who'll drop by my blog and listen to the weirdest plot twists, and then give me their honest opinion. And the SNI squad? I think I owe you my firstborn for the number of times you've kept me from starting four books at the same time when I need to stay focused on what's in front of me.
These are just a few of the reasons I owe ROW80 a huge thank you. I'm sure I'll think of more between now and my next (and last- gulp) post. But as far as accountability this week, how did I measure up?
1. I'm establishing a regular schedule with my serialized fiction. Basically, I owe the publishers a chapter a week. Daughter of Glass hasn't started posting yet, but once it does, I'm going to have to be on top of my game. They have several chapters in reserve, but I'm managing to adhere )mostly) to a schedule to get this writing in to them every week. Basically, I've set the weekend as my cut-off time; if I don't have it finished, or significantly finished by Sunday, then I consider myself late. Today I have an almost 2,000 word rough draft of a DoG chapter finished. It needs some editing, but I'll get to that after this update and some Christmas shopping I have to do, or I'll finish it up in the morning and send it off.
2. I have an official release date for the first book in my new series, The Chronicles of Nowhere. That's the placeholder cover, btw. (I've seen the galleys for the real cover and it's all colorful and prrrettty!) On January 14th, Worlds Burn Through will hit the world. Have I mentioned I think this is the best thing I've ever written? This baby has three years (yes, three. years.) of hard labor poured into it, and I'm really excited it's finding it's way out into the world. e-ARCS should be available as early as Wednesday. The publisher is giving out a limited number, but if anyone has a review blog, or is interested in doing an advanced review, please let me know and I'll see about getting you a copy. Since I'm not in charge of distribution this time, I can't promise I can get one for everyone, but I can do my best!
3. I have done so much editing I don't even know how to tell you about it. You might not believe me. Suffice to say, if your book is on my TBR pile, it might be there a while still. It's nothing personal, its just that I'm editing instead of reading for fun. And that's kind of only half-true, because most of the things I'm editing are really great books in their own right, and editing them is reading, after all. It's like I have an assignment sheet for reading time now instead of Free Choice Friday or something. So that's all good, just time-consuming.
That's probably more than enough for now; as ROW80 Round 4 draws to a close, I'm feeling nostalgic and emotional, with the desire to account for every little thing. Thank goodness there will be more rounds to come in 2012 so I can keep the accountability and fellowship coming.