Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Buzzing Brain... Oh, yeah, a word count.

Word count first, for all of those visitors who come here because I'm on that linky thing:

Aeris: 39,024.  I estimate that tomorrow or Friday I will hit 40,000.  I don't know which, however, because I'm headed down for a quick stop to my parents' house, then sprinting back either tomorrow night or Friday morning.  As I've mentioned before, my early morning wakeup is at 5:30.  That is when I write.  If I'm driving at either of those times (or getting ready to go to my parents' house) then I'm not going to be writing.  But no matter what, I see myself hitting 40,000, my goal for this week, by Sunday.

As I mentioned last week, my word count for this book is going to be greater than the last book.  One of my readers commented that what I should do is focus on finishing this book up and releasing it after new baby is born, instead of trying to do two books and have neither ONE of them be finished.  Good point, really.  However, my fear is that it will be another year before I have time to write again.  All of you nice readers keep pointing out that I will find the time somewhere.  Writers write.  Maybe.

But see there's little little book called Six Keys that I wrote a while ago.  It actually has a prequel and a sequel that I have planned. The Doorman's Collection has been planned for several years.  Yes, seriously.  I even wrote a few chapters of it.  But it is set in the late 60's, and then 70's, so it is requiring a lot more research than even Six Keys did.  This has meant a significant delay in publishing, because I just don't have the time to write, and take care of kidlet, and research.  I don't.  I get people asking me all the time when the prequel is coming out, but gosh dang it, I have no idea.  And I'm sorry about that.

My fear is that Compis will be out, and maybe Aeris, then any fans of the series will be left hanging while I get my baby raising act together.  So the truth is, it's time for another serious look at my goals for the next 2 years.  I did this back in January, before releasing Compis and back in August, before my final edit of Six Keys.  It's one of those things that continues on, I guess.

In other news, interesting things are happening in the publishing world.  I can say publishing, and not indie publishing this time, because of:

Amazon getting into the Publishing Business
Another Conversation between Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler (VERY LONG, but worth it)
A Conversation between Jennifer Crusie and Barbara O'Neal (Also very long, but worth it)

I feel like I'm caught in the middle of a typhoon, with all that has happened in the publishing world in the past few weeks.

As a reader though, I will benefit tremendously, so to all,
Happy Reading!
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