January 3rd, 2008

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fan mail

I got fan mail this morning. There are nicer ways to start off a day, but not many. :)

It was posted to an old “currently working on” tagged entry, and that reminded me I hadn’t done one of those entries for…ages. :) So I thought I’d do one before I went to work, because, as you know Bob, it’s better to do aaaaaaaanything else than go to work. :)

January 2008 (200*8*!) WiP:
Writing: THE PRETENDER’S CROWN (Inheritors’ Cycle, Book II)
Revising: THE PRETENDER’S CROWN proposal (turning in tomorrow, Or Else)
Submitting: TPC, in a truly perfect world; Chance #5 to Ardian (it’s done, I just gotta send it)
Publishing: technically nothing, but HEART OF STONE has gone back to print. Does that count?
Waiting: for revisions on HANDS OF FLAME

I always think doing this is going to take longer than it does. Guess it’s time for work now. :)

miles to Minas Tirith: 377
ytd wordcount: 2800

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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good grod.

Jeri Smith-Ready, a fellow Luna author, reached the 300K wordcount goal for 2007 that I fell a bit short of. We were discussing it in her comments and she said, “Yeah, but you wrote 400K in 2006, right?”

And yeah, I had. And then out of curiosity I went and looked up the wordcounts I’d achieved over the last five years.

250K in 2003. 305K in 2004. 300K or so in 2005. 400K in 2006. 269K in 2007.

That’s a million and a half words. 1,524,000, to be more or less exact. And that’s just fiction. Not blogging, not chatting, not online roleplay, just fiction.

No wonder my brain is tired. And *no*, I am *not* going to try to make it a nice round 2 million by the end of 2008, thank you very much.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
catie_cute

good grod.

Jeri Smith-Ready, a fellow Luna author, reached the 300K wordcount goal for 2007 that I fell a bit short of. We were discussing it in her comments and she said, “Yeah, but you wrote 400K in 2006, right?”

And yeah, I had. And then out of curiosity I went and looked up the wordcounts I’d achieved over the last five years.

250K in 2003. 305K in 2004. 300K or so in 2005. 400K in 2006. 269K in 2007.

That’s a million and a half words. 1,524,000, to be more or less exact. And that’s just fiction. Not blogging, not chatting, not online roleplay, just fiction.

No wonder my brain is tired. And *no*, I am *not* going to try to make it a nice round 2 million by the end of 2008, thank you very much.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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*collapses*

Email from der agent indicates der editor has only minor revision comments on HANDS OF FLAME.

I’m so relieved I could cry.

That trilogy has been the hardest thing I’ve ever written. I wrote at *least* five books worth of material. I rewrote HEART OF STONE three times before it got bought, and a fourth time to editor spec. I had to throw out two thirds of HOUSE OF CARDS and rewrite the remaining third in revisions. I tore HANDS OF FLAME apart six times before I got it right, and at that point I was, as you can probably understand, not at all sure I’d *gotten* it right. It’s been about a month since I turned it in and I have been living in utter terror of having to rewrite it all again. Getting notification of minor revision comments is just…exhausting, it’s so relieving.

(This has been a genuinely weird road, with this series. I have no feel at *all* for HEART OF STONE, and so the highly positive reviews and responses I’ve gotten from it have been just wonderful, if a little mind-boggling. I actually think HOUSE OF CARDS is the better book, so I’m really wondering how people are going to respond to *it*. And after tearing HANDS apart six times and bleeding over every. damned. word. (and hearing that there are only minor revisions), I am halfway confident I *did* get it right, and I think it makes a strong end to the trilogy, and has the potential, once revisions are done, to be better than the first two. But my *God*, what a hard road it has been.)

I’m going to go eat the dinner what my wonderful husband has cooked, and I am going to sit on the couch under a warm blanket and I am going to rot my brain for the remainder of the evening.

miles to Minas Tirith: 378
ytd wordcount: 4200

(x-posted from the essential kit)