The weekend was a blur–the Princess had her first-ever high school dance, which was the culmination of months of planning and prep work. (Nothing like a reluctant teenage girl who hates shopping but is determined to do it for an event, OMG the back-and-forth…) Unfortunately, I was feverish and nauseous for most of it, because she brought home a stomach bug on Friday, one that she fought off successfully until after the dance, but of course I did not. Oh, and did I mention the two batches of proofs that had be be turned around and overnighted so they could reach New York by today?
I was cranky while proofing, and I think this is the only time in my life I’ll be returning proofs I’ve had to clean A Splatter of Stomach Fluids from. (TMI, I know.) I’ve already apologized to the production department in question. I think an offering of booze to those hardworking elves this Yule would not go amiss this year, too.
A lot of you have been writing about two questions, so I’ll address them here:
* Will you ever write another Strange Angels book? We don’t know who Dru ends up with! I’ve gotten sixteen of these emails in the last two days alone. My answer: no, I am not writing another Strange Angels book, Dru’s story ended where it should. And honestly, why does Dru have to “end up” with anyone? A teenage girl’s life is not about what boy she “ends up” with. It’s about how she survives and grows up, which doesn’t have to include a boy of any kind. So, my dears, no. I will not be writing any more Dru in the foreseeable future.
* What about the next Steelflower? One of my projects for the year was to assess whether I could afford to spend the time to write the next in Kaia’s adventures. Sadly, I cannot. If you want to know the absolute truth, my dears, e-piracy has killed Steelflower. I literally cannot afford to invest the time in another Steelflower book and have it be torrented the day it comes out. I am incredibly sorry, but I have kids to feed, and this is an effect of e-piracy you don’t often hear about. I have done the math every way I can think of, and it just ends up with a loss of working time for me that I can ill afford. I am answering this question directly here partly so you guys can have a definitive answer to this question (I love Kaia too and wish I could write more of her and her crew!) and partly because I am saddened that I even have to say this, because e-piracy is so rampant and the costs of it so huge to content creators–and so many people who engage in e-piracy feel so incredibly entitled about it, and so many other people, even people whose opinions I otherwise respect, think the costs are invisible or not worth mentioning.
*sigh* And now it’s time for me to go back to the Cinderella story and get some work in to make it a reasonable first draft instead of a sloppy, nasty chunk of zero draft that stinks on the morgue table and needs serious stitching and padding before it’s a pretty corpse.
Oh yeah, my mood is great today. *snort* Catch you later, chickadees.
Over and out.