Does anyone else have that little voice? Do you know the one I'm talking about?
Does anyone else feel the world is a little grayer when you're not actively writing or pursuing the act of writing? 'Cause today I do- I have a major (for me) release out that's something like two days old. I have guest posts to write, bloggers to approach, things to edit, a serial to write every week, the sequel to the current release to send off, countless little book maintenance things, and blah blah blah. And every moment that I'm not doing something on this list feels a little screwy. And then there's the pressure of doing well- early reviews are good, requests for ARCs are brisk, and for the first time I've been uploaded to NetGalley and had (I was told) a slew of requests. All of this is good, but I still have that squirmy, better-be-writing feeling. I guess what I'm saying is that nothing, neither success nor failure nor simple ho-hum has much of an impact on this squirmy gray feeling of never enough.
Sometimes I wish I had a nice quiet life making lattes somewhere.
But writing is something I literally must do. Every single time I've taken a break from writing, or decided I couldn't do it, for whatever reason, my life explodes in my face. And so- back to the treadmill, knowing I'm fortunate to be on it at all.
I don't intend for this to sound like a bunch of complaining. Like I said, I do feel fortunate to be on the treadmill at all. Chalk it up to meditations for a gray day, and maybe I'll manage to actually take today off, a fact I will celebrate with Godiva should I manage it.
As for accountability, I lost all of the first of the week scaling Mt. Editing. I can gratefully say I've caught up so that I'm doing a little better than treading water on that front, so I don't expect it to slow me down quite so much. As far as my own writing goes, I finished the almost-final draft of the second book in the Chronicles of Nowhere series. I'm waiting to hear from betas, but unless something is drastically wrong that I can't see, I anticipate being done with it. So that's an almost 35,000 word novella I finished this week, with a wc of probably 4,000 original words this week alone. That's still on average with the last round, but not quite up to my new goal of 6,000 per week. However. Since I now have a serial going, I expect to be able to meet this easily going forward.
I managed to do an epic amount of reading, considering. Reading really is one of the few ways I manage to relax without feeling guilty because, after all, it's research, right? :) I finished Cate Tiernan's Immortal Beloved series, which was excellent, and read Kelly Creagh's Nevermore. Responding to ROW80 participants was a bit of a fail, but I did read a half-dozen blogs. I just didn't add to the commentary, which I will try to fix this week. I am happy to report I managed to keep up with all my blogging goals, including that difficult-to-fit-in Friday blog.
That's really all the important stuff as far as ROW80 goals go. Considering how slammed I've been this week, I suppose it works out. And hopefully next week will be even better.
I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone who's stopped by and offered their support, and especially everyone who read my serialized novel over at curiosityquills.com and gave me such positive feedback. It really meant a lot to have the support of The Row! Thank you guys, and see you at the next check-in! -V