Working Time

I’m waiting for the coffee to settle before I go on a longish run, and thinking about the day’s work. There’s Beast of Wonder to get decent wordcount in on; the book wants to be written piecemeal with a dialogue skeleton first. Which is my very most un-favourite way to write a book, but since this one probably won’t see publication, I can let it take the shape it wants over however-long. There’s also the YA my agent wants. Which makes two projects that will perhaps never see publication. It’s not a good use of my working time on the whole, but the next bit of Roadtrip Z needs some thought. I know what happens, I just need the proper entry into that phase of the story. Which requires thought.

I know what I’ll be thinking about for most of my run. Frustration will mount, and by the time I get home, I’ll be no closer to a solution but at least I’ll feel like I’ve taken action Later today, maybe in the shower or while cleaning in between writing sessions, the opening will appear to me and I’ll wander away from what I’m doing to write it down. (Hopefully not in the shower, it’s no longer summer.) Or maybe while knitting, which means I’ll drop my yarn and start typing furiously.

There are other projects waiting, like an attempt to go back to Deadroad and maybe resurrect that poor story. Not to mention Harmony, which needs another 30k. It’s a monster of a book, but since it’s only for one person, I suppose that doesn’t matter. Today, though, I’ll write to please myself. Especially since we’re coming up on the release of Steelflower at Sea. I’m excited for the new release, of course, but I’m also…well, the book has had a long hard road to publication. I still get stress nausea when I open the mostly-done third book (Steelflower in Snow) and go back into that world. A lot of writers don’t talk about the emotional cost of people outright stealing our work. It’s damn near crippling on some projects.

I’ve my work cut out for me, but first I need to get my coffee down and get out the door. The wind it up, so my eyes will be stinging and leaves will be flying. Of course I’ll return with my hair full of leaves, needles, and possibly bees. I do try not to carry the bees too far from their territories, but if they’re going to crawl into my hair, well, they get what they get. The other day I also had a beetle nestling in my braid, for what purpose I do not know. Maybe I’m just public transport for pollinators.

I also lost some writing time last week doing the website revamp. Do you like it, fair Readers? It should load far more quickly now.

That’s all the news for today. It’s the end of the witch’s year, and tomorrow the kids are home to celebrate Samhain with me. There will be food, and fun, and baking. And not a little sugar.

Over and out.

  • Just ordered my copy of Steelflower at Sea. Thrilled to see it in print.

  • Through the Patreon link? If so, you got the discount code, right?

  • Lisa Moore

    I’ll be ordering tomorrow, finally. 🙂

    Do you have plans for more of The Demon’s Librarian? I can’t recall if this was ever discussed on your blog.

  • Cheryl Byers

    I’ve ordered my Steelflower. Thank you for pushing through the plageristism angst. I hate that some people have so little integrity, or imagination, that they resort to theft. You should sic Louis on them. That would put him to good use.

  • Maybe someday. I do know exactly what happens–Chess and Ryan go on vacation, and Charlie has to deal with a city full of Drakul. Then things get REALLY interesting. But I’d have to shoehorn it into my writing schedule.

  • If pirates show up with toothpicks festooning their corpses, we’ll know who to blame. Or praise.

  • Thank you for reading! There is no plan for a Kindle edition, or any e-edition, at this time, due to the piracy issues that initially killed the series. I may change my mind, but not for the foreseeable future.

  • Lisa Moore

    I’ll take someday as a good thing. After all, I’ve waited this long for more Steelflower.