So years ago, I bought a book on a whim. I bought it, since it seemed interesting.
The years passed, and I kept the book, but I didn’t read it. Too busy with life, with other books. But when I sat down to work on the notes for the next portal justicar book, I knew it was time to read it, and some other books in the TBR pile.
And then, I couldn’t find it. I knew it was here, somewere, but I couldn’t find it.
Until one day, I found it .In the same spot that I had looked before. Yeah. I am reading it right now, and it is really interesting. It might be a bit dated, since it is almost 20 years old, but I recommend that you try to find a copy.
So I finished the rewrite, a couple of weeks ago I think. Then I firmly took a week off from writing, since I had earned it. (Also, because I managed to hurt my shoulder.) It was a good timing, though, since family from other parts of Sweden was coming to Stockholm. Which was fun. And then dad had some health issues, which scared everyone and was less fun (When my sister called, I thought she was calling to schedule the spa day we had been loosely discussing.)
He is fine now, and we have mostly stopped fretting. Mostly.
Then I worked (a lot) and poked at the notes a bit, got an extra book case, emptied the last of the boxes (yay.)
And then I had a week of migraine, triggered by the news that my 10/10 deadline had been extended to late November.(I called dad today, and asked if there was a connection between my deadline extension news on Monday and the migraine almost exactly 24 hours later? School book example, according to him.) So basically this week, I have napped. A lot.
The end result is that I am not as far into the worldbuilding of the next book as I would like. I am reading non-fic books and thinking about the realm and who rules it and what is allowed, and what isn’t (hint: slavery, among other things.)
It feels nice to take it easy, and don’t rush, to be honest. I mean, I am hoping to start writing it in November, and be done before Easter. But you never know.
I am still not done with the second draft on The Shifter’s Justice, which is a bit frustrating. I am in the last chapter, though, so yay for that.
My friend RJ has posted on a Facebook about her experiment with doing 15 minutes sprints, she has found that successful and effective. Not to mention it lowers her stress.
So today I decided to try that as well, though I just worked on one book. And… it worked really well in the morning. When I broke for lunch, I had 500 words.
So in the afternoon, I decided to toss something new into the mix, again. Namely, treat each sprint as a session, and lower the session goal a bit.
That… worked even better. I wrote 700 words in 45 minutes. There was a lot of “Uhh,” in the war room. Normally I write 200 words is 30 minutes, so this was a bit unexpected, but very nice.
The end result: I am really excited, though, since this means I will be able to write more, even when I don’t have time to sit down and write for 30 minutes. (My brain thinks I should write 15 minutes in the mornings, I am not convinced…) It also means that I should be able to work on more project. If I want to.
Anyway. I am off. We are celebrating dad’s birthday with dinner at 6 pm and I need to decide what to wear.
So last week was…. odd. I was tired and had a couple of odd episodes of parestesi. They weren’t like the symtoms that I normally have, but since taking a b vitamine pill made the symtoms go away, I decided I needed a B-12 shot.
For the last 4-5 months or so, I have been taking b-vitamine pills, which has a *crazy* dose of b-vitamine in them, so I haven’t taken the shot. I thought they worked for me.
Except…. obviously not. Suddenly I have more energy, but more importantly I can focus much better.
See the list of things I have done:
Done the all dishes
Done all the laundry x3
Put the bookshelves in order (which resulted in some tidying up.)
Handed in somethings for mending (finally.)
Emptied the recycling bins
Ordered new filters to the vacuum
Written 1200 words.
called about the dishwasher (the plumber is coming on tuesday. Huzzah.)
Ever since things have started to calm down a bit, I have been thinking about what is a sustainable release pace for me.
I know that Amazon’s algorithms are pushing toward a rapid release schedule, but considering that my first two drafts takes 2-4 months each, with a good chunk of time in between the drafts… it simply isn’t feasible for me to push for a rapid release schedule.
What is feasible for me is to release one book per year, and to be open with it to my readers. I mean, there might be an surprise release, occassionally, but frankly,one per year is what I can reasonably do, considering day job and life.
That said… since life has been hectic and I have kept writing, but not necessarily revising and sending things to my editor, I have a backlog of books waiting for me to revise them.
First up after I finish the Shifter’s Justice? Vanished. It needs some proof reading, and then it is off to the editor for the next round of edits. (I read it through recently because my cover designer had a surprise opening, and it is sound except for one spot, but that is easily fixable.) I am still pondering if I should do a pre-order or not, or just drop the book when it is done. Both has its plus sides.
I am one of those writers that has to write everyday to get some kind of momentum on a book. The last week, I have been doing a lot of things.
I spent last weekend at dad’s cottage in the archipelago, I commuted from the other cottage a couple of days and had a lovely time with my brother and his family, and a couple of their friends, and then yesterday there was a family dinner, since my youngest brother is in town.
All of this is lovely, but do you know what I haven’t done? Written words. sigh.
This weekend, I am all alone, and I am going to write. Probably not as much as I would if I had kept on writing this week, though.
Ah well. I’m looking forward to work on this scene, it will be fun, and a family secret will be revealed. 🙂
So I have been sitting on this for a couple of months, I think, and originally I planned planned to reveal it in my newsletter, but I have a fever and I want to share it with others. 🙂 Just like Daughter of the Dark’s new cover it was designed by Daqri at Covers by Combs.
The book should be out later this year. I am halfway through the revisions, roughly. I am aiming to be done in August.( Originally it was July, but then June happend.)
My dayjob is filled with lovely people. It also is a open office landscape (and cold. None of us has figured out how to turn on the heating.), which means it is noisy since everyone but me is constantly on the phone. So I brought my headphones early on, but I only used them sporadically until a couple of months ago . And then a month ago, or so, I decided to start listening to old episodes of one of my favorite radio shows. Which means I have learned all kinds of interesting, random things, that goes into the well.
From swedish medieval cooking, to how Stockholm sounded in the 1700’s to the fact that neurosurgery in the late 1700’s was a four day procedure. Without any painkillers. Yeah. Oww.
This does mean that I will be out of episodes in August or so. Which is why I am looking at the library’s audiobooks. since I like free and I need streaming audiobooks since I cannot download any at work.
Anyway. I am off to eat dinner, before crawling into bed, since said cold office have given me a fever.