Nearing The End

Hi everyone!

I’m closing in on my current work in progress. I’m so close to the end that I can actually visualize myself typing “the end” there. I want so badly to just get the thoughts from my head onto the page so I can go back through and do revisions.

Alas, typing takes time.

Just because I know where the story is going and how it gets there, it doesn’t necessarily mean I’ve thought through all the words to describe each event correctly. Also, there’s one event coming that I need to think about/do some research on so that I get the details pretty close to right, because it will most definitely matter to the story.

Ugh.

But I’m getting there!

And then I can take a fresh look at my previous WIP before doing final revisions on it.

It never ends, but that’s a good thing.

So onto other thoughts…

I’ve been listening to audio books while I get ready for the day, do laundry, cook, even while I write sometimes. This is something I’ve done for a while now, just as a way to disengage my mind from the actual work of writing. Believe it or not, I think better when there are steady outside distractions like that. One bang distracts me. Constant drumming and I’m in the zone. Sometimes it’s music, sometimes a movie in the background (Often one of the Star Wars films, or possibly Phantom of the Opera), and sometimes it’s an audio book. Lately it’s been the audio book.

The thing about it is, I listened to a book that I didn’t know until later was a sequel/companion book to a completely different book that I’ve never read before. It was wonderful, engaging, and a very good book. So much so, that when I discovered it was a sequel/companion book, I hurried to find the original.

I’ve been listening to it.

It’s good. It is not amazing. This kind of seems strange to me, because a lot of what is unique about the one I read first (which was the sequel/companion book) is told from another character’s point of view. This book is the same events, as well as some additional one, from the point of view of the character whom all these unique things are taking place. You would think that would make this a great way to read a book, because I got the less detailed version first, then read the more detailed version. Instead, it seemed (most of the way through) kind of dead in comparison.

It has gotten better as it has gone, for sure. This makes me wonder if the story was started in the wrong point, or if the character is less likable, or what.

How can a story told from the other person’s point of view be so much more engaging than when the same story is told from the point of view of the character most affected?

It has made me wonder about some of my own stories. Would Faerie Queen have been better if told from Cecilia’s point of view? Would the Non-Vampire stories have been better from Jessica’s? It has me doubting my current story, as well, though it is actually a dual POV.

I don’t know. I do know the original book (not the sequel/companion book) is still a good book, but it seems flat in comparison. So maybe part of it is the lack of newness to the events. I know that has to be part of it. But I also just think the other character was a better narrator for that particular story. It is just interesting to see.

I’m going to go contemplate the mortality of the crab. Everyone have a great weekend!

Walmart Now Sells EBooks

Hello!

Anybody else have one of those weeks that just kind of dissolved, and you look back and it seems like absolutely nothing happened?

So my thoughts:

I’m like 85% of the way through writing my current book and hate almost everything about it. So… I guess I’m right on track.

I have all these amazing ideas (at least amazing right now) for stories, and I can’t start on any of them until I’m done with this one, finish editing and publishing both this one and the other one that is completed but not edited, then I can write the new stories. And until then I’ll just keep getting great ideas I can’t use right now.

Walmart now sells ebooks on their website, which… is a good thing?

Let’s discuss that last one a bit. First of all, Brynne, Non-Vampire is on there, so that is kind of interesting. I like that. It’s there because I published that on Smashwords and one of the places they publish to is Kobo, which is where Walmart’s ebooks come from.

But I’m worried about market fragmentation. There is already market fragmentation. It’s a wonderful thing that there is competition with Amazon, because they take advantage of authors on a scale that a lot of people don’t even realize. But at the same time, there is already a lot of places to get ebooks, and I worry that people will get too confused about where to get their books and just default to Amazon, giving them even more power.

What we really need is a unified group of competitors for Amazon. Apple, Google, Kobo, everyone needs to make it just as easy to publish, and especially just as easy for readers to get ebooks onto their devices. If you want to have a Walmart ebook store, and Apple one, a Google one, whatever, that’s all fine, but they should all just automatically appear on your device when you buy, like when you buy a kindle book. No more of this list of steps to get it onto your device. No more using Adobe Digital Editions to put a Kobo book onto your Nook, for example.

Just Some More Writing Talk

Hello everyone!

I just started realizing this week how incredibly difficult it can be to get your writing rhythm back once you’ve lost it. It’s something I’ve noticed before, but I never realized it was quite this difficult, I think.

For me it seems like I did okay in June. I was writing some each day, and I still managed to enjoy my summer with my wife, who was off. And then July hit and it all fell apart. I didn’t write everyday. When I did, it seemed like I was forcing my way through some of it. I had times of decent amounts, but not consistency.

That’s kind of where I’ve been the last few weeks. I’ve been pushing hard, trying to get my rhythm back, but it hasn’t been coming as well as I’d like. I’m getting the words out sometimes, but not always feeling all that inspired by what I’m writing. I know the story, I know what I intend it to be, but it just feels… blah, somehow.

About Wednesday this week it started feeling a little better. Thursday was a bit of a rough day, since I was struggling with a headache all day and not able to write as much as I’d like, but it felt good when I did. And then today I felt like I got quite a bit done. I’m starting to fall back into my rhythm. I wasn’t exactly in love with what I wrote today, and I know I need to go back over the scene and revise it a lot, but at least it felt like it was moving things along toward my goal. That felt good.

So yeah, I’m thinking I may actually get my groove back soon and wrap the first draft of this story up.

That just opens the door for revisions on the third installment in the Non-Vampire trilogy. It’s been sitting there for a few months now, waiting. I need to comb over it with fresh eyes. I can edit all I want, but I needed that time away to read it like a new story so I can see how it flows and how it feels. How it moves through this existing tale of the series so far. Once I do that, I’ll let someone else take a look at it and see what they think. So maybe it’ll be out sometime this fall. It is still untitled, sadly.

I feel like some of the summer heat has broken. I hope it stays gone, honestly. I like the 60s and 70s, not so much the 80s and 90s. I can survive up into the 80s, I guess, but once it reaches the 90s it gets tough. If it tops 100, I’m basically stuck inside where the air conditioner is good. I need to move to somewhere colder, I guess, but I don’t like the cold either. What can I say, I’m picky.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!