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!

Insomnia

Hello.

***yawns, covers mouth, yawns again, stares blurry eyed at the screen***

This week has been kicking my butt. Really, I have the bruise to prove it.

I will not be showing that here!

***Warning! Whining about insomnia ahead. Continue at your own risk. Otherwise, skip this next section.***

All week I’ve had bouts of insomnia. I’ll fall asleep, only to wake up in a couple of hours, then be up for the rest of the morning. Or I will just be dozing off, then suddenly jerk awake for some reason, then be awake until 3 or 4am. It’s been so hard to accomplish almost anything this week, but I’ve been giving it my all.

I have managed to make some progress in my current story, at least. A lot of it is in my head, but it still counts. At least I’ve been able to plan out some new parts of the story as I lay there un-sleeping.

The weird thing about this is that my wife is also suffering off and on with the same problem. We haven’t really been doing anything all that different, so I’m not sure what it is that is causing it. We’re not eating anything we usually don’t, we’re not staying up especially late, we’re not doing anything at all that we don’t normally do. The only thing I can think of is because of the summer closing out soon, since she’s a teacher, but we haven’t had this problem in the past. I’ve even been taking Benadryl for my allergies, and that hasn’t knocked me out. It’s just weird.

***End of whining***

I am very excited that I at least have some new ideas for my story, and I’ve started (in my head) weaving them into the story that was planned. I think it’s going to improve it a lot. We’ll see. I’m still making some progress, at least.

The cast list for Star Wars episode 9 came out. I’m happy to see Carrie Fisher listed in there. I figured they would do some kind of tribute to her. I kind of assumed her character would have to suffer an off-screen death, and that we may never see her again, but it sounds like they have some footage that was unused from when they were shooting The Force Awakens and will be using that. I’m interested in seeing how that will play out.

I’m also excited to see that Lando will be making his return. My wife brought up a good point: Will the way Donald Glover played Lando influence Billy Dee Willams’ portrayal in any way? I think it would be interesting if he picked up anything from that. I think Donald Glover did an excellent job of portraying Lando in a way that was consistent and believable as a younger version of Billy Dee Willams’ version, so I don’t know exactly what effect it will have on Lando for episode 9.

I’m going to bed. Goodnight everyone.

Have a good weekend!