This isn’t much of a blog post; more of an update, I suppose. I like to fool myself into thinking that you’re interested in what I’ve been doing. Delusions of grandeur or something. I suppose it’s better that I feel this way now and have it lessen as time goes on rather than have it increase and turn into a raging egomaniac, right? Hey, it happens.
So, what have I been up to? Well, lets see…
First thing I did this month, other than whine about sales, is redecorate the home office. I was hit by a burst of inspiration (and the absolute mess that used to be the office in the first place) and redid the whole room in about four days. It was a ton of work but the difference is pretty amazing. I’ve been spending a lot more time at home from my ‘regular’ job because my hubs is awesome, so I figured hey, I’m about to start on another novel–wouldn’t it be nice to be able to write it in the home office rather than in the dining room? (Yep, I wrote nearly the entirety of The Neighbors sitting at the head of the dining room table. It was kind of weird, and the chairs aren’t all that comfortable.) So now I have an awesome work space with minimal distractions. Sidenote: writers, this sort of thing is absolutely worth the effort. If you have a cluttered, uninspired workspace, you’d be amazing what a difference it makes.
And oh, how I’ve put this space to good use. I’ve been working with a professional editor to give Seed a good clean-and-polish for the re-release this summer. I was pretty apprehensive at first; not that I’m afraid of working with an editor or resistant to changes, just that I had never done it before and didn’t know what to expect. To my surprise, the whole experience was pretty amazing. I ended up adding about six thousand words of manuscript on top of countless edits and modifications. I’m pretty thrilled with the result. I knew Seed was a strong manuscript as it was, but now? Oh man. I’m so excited to get it out there, and I hope that many of you will check it out once it’s re-released because I really did add tons of detail. How much is tons? Well, check this out:
See all the red stuff? That’s all additions, subtractions, clarifications, you name it. And all that blue stuff is editor’s notes. So yeah, it’s definitely going to be a full-fledged re-release, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
Those of you wondering about sales, they’re up and down but next month will be better. That, and I won’t have much time to worry about them for the next couple of months. I’m getting read to drop the green flag on book number three, which I’ve tentatively titled The Pines. That title isn’t going to stick, but it’s good for the time being. Those of you itching to know what book number three is about, well… read Jack Ketchum’s Off Season. Fair warning, that book is seriously screwed up and I’m not big on writing gore, but if you read that you’ll have a decent idea of what I have up my sleeve. Just subtract the cannibals and add snow. I’ll be starting work on The Pines no later than the beginning of February, and I’m pretty excited about that too.
Man, I’m just excited about everything lately.
Other than that, I’ve been watching a lot of Breaking Bad (I was reprimanded about not having seen it since I live in Albuquerque, so I got on it and it’s pretty awesome) and listening to a lot of Gotye. If you haven’t heard Gotye, he’s pretty amazing; very much my musical muse at the moment. I editing almost all of Seed to him and will very likely write a good deal of The Pines while he’s streaming through my computer speakers. He’s like a fresh, indie Peter Gabriel and his videos are just phenomenal. If you have an hour to spend on YouTube, check him out. Brilliant brilliant brilliant.
Okay, I guess that’s all I’ve got for now. I’ll keep you updated on Seed stuff as it comes to me. Until then, feast your ears on this: