November 30th, 2011


7 Years of Gainful … Unemployment?

I got laid off from the day job 7 years ago yesterday. I’ve been a full-time writer ever since, despite some hairy moments where the smart thing really would have been to get a day job. In that time, I’ve published 16 novels, 3 novellas, a couple dozen short stories, and a 5-issue comic book. It adds up to just shy of two million words published. I have 3 more novels, a collection of Old Races short stories, a couple of non-affiliated short stories and a collection of Walker Papers stories* under contract.

6 years ago tomorrow we settled in Ireland.

It’s been quite the run, hasn’t it? :)

*“No Dominion”, not something contracted to my publishers. But it’s certainly under contract!

(x-posted from the essential kit)

Dear Self,

Dear Self: You may have noticed it’s really quite easy to get 1K written if you get up in the morning. This is your daily quota. If you made a habit of that, then of doing it again the first hour of the baby’s nap, you would 1. blow the hell out of your quota, and 2. having done so, perhaps feel justified in spending some time exercising.

I’m just sayin’.

Love, Me

(x-posted from the essential kit)


This morning I said to Mom, a bit rashly, “As long as the baby takes a nap at all, I should finish Nano on time.”

The baby napped for 45 minutes and woke up miserable. Grim, I checked my wordcount before going to get him.


I’m actually pretty pleased. I’ve only ever succeeded with Nano once before, though I at least start to participate most years. Last time I succeeded was also with a middle grade novel. Coincidence? I don’t know. But I’m pleased to have accomplished it (as well as the 5300 word short story & AAs on RAVEN CALLS that also got done this month), and now all I have to do is write another 12-20K on it by next Wednesday.

…yes, well, the job doesn’t end on November 30th, no matter what hopeful writers out there might wish.

Now I’m going to go investigate this pumpkin cheesecake I was forced to make because I had extra pumpkin left over after making the pies…

(x-posted from the essential kit)