Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Update: New May Goal (already)

(LATER NOTE: a repetitive stress injury to my shoulder deep-sixed my writing output in mid-May. So I won't be meeting the May goal -- but I still hope to have it ready for beta readers by the end of June.)

It is SO nice to be caught up on sleep. You should try it. You really should....

Still not ready to go back to my regular posting schedule (I'll do that in mid-May) but I am already feeling quite refreshed. So much so that I realize I should also postpone even my interview posts until I return. The point of this break is to keep my focus on writing.

I realized last night that I am actually closer to finishing The Man Who Did Too Much than I am on the "almost done" novella I was planning to do. Man Who has had some nice shelf time, and seems ripe now, so....

The goal for May is to finish The Man Who Did Too Much. I don't know exactly how many words it needs, so I'm keeping the word count goal at 30k. I'll work on other things too, anyway.

For those who have been following this blog from the beginning, you know that this book has been giving me fits. It goes wonderfully and then stops. Then goes wonderfully again, and then stops.

I think, though, my biggest problem with this book is that it's the most "commercial" book I've written. (Even if it is in a relatively slow genre -- cozy mystery -- and I'm coloring just outside the lines as usual.) I was planning on traditional publication for this book, and when I shifted to indie publishing, this book got caught between two mindsets for a while.

I was going to write something about that shift in mindset, but I was interrupted too many times while I took notes, and pretty soon it made no sense even to me. So I'm saving it for another time.

So right now I'm reading what I've got on the story, and scribbling scenes. (If you're curious - I've put together an info page with a rough description.)

I've also had some interesting adventures in illustration for The Misplaced Hero, and so I'll be blogging about covers and art and all that when I come back.

(The cover you see here, is not the final cover for Man Who. It is, however, the version I like best so far, and I've LOST the original. I do have all the parts, so I guess this is the way Fate has chosen to make me do more work on the figures....)

4 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Gosh, I can't remember the last time I caught up on sleep! I definitely need to, though. Soon.

Embrace your inner commercial self! :)

The Daring Novelist said...

Yes, get some sleep, indeed! It's wonderful.

David Michael said...

I can't say enough good things about sleep. =)

-David

The Daring Novelist said...

So... very... tired....