No more word count until the next book; volume 3 is done and being edited.
Thanks to All Who Bought Echo! And BIG THANKS to Melissa, Barbara, Ian, Lorna, [anonymous], Lisa, Meg, Matt, Bobby, F.T., Alice Smith, Leslie Coop, Richard, Shauna, Sydney, Pam, Jessica, Angela, Kiesa, Ross, and Keith for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!! Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!
News: I’m leaning toward a late January release for Volume 3. There’s a lot of stuff that’s been happening in my life for the last two months, so I want to get a solid month by myself (I’ve just leased a studio closer to school) to look things over.
For those of you who are unaware, renting in San Francisco is like auditioning for a movie role. For every solid property you go to see (that’s at a reasonable cost), there are literally DOZENS of other applicants. You usually have to rent a couple weeks early, which means that for those two weeks, you’re paying the rent on two places. I was willing to settle for a room which would run me $1100/month which I would share with five other people. But luckily, I found a studio—for just ME bwahaha— which not only provides me my own sleeping place, but also has a fridge and kitchenette. The one luxury I wanted was provided: A window that lets in the sunlight (my current place has windows, but they look out into alleyways, so there is almost no natural light).
Okay, aside from rental craziness, I’ve had an old military buddy living with me for the past two months. Of course I’d do anything for him, but he keeps weird hours and snores like a chainsaw that’s close to going kaput. Between his eccentricities and the helter skelter of house-hunting, I’ve decided to take the extra month and make sure things look smooth on Volume 3. After that, I’ve decided to abandon some of the structures around my writing (I now feel confident in tapping into that deep well that is Story) and really rev up my output. Basically I’m gonna try abandoning my promise to myself of 700 words per day and just see how much I can do. I’m hoping to produce as much as Stephen King—2500 word/day MINIMUM—and knock out novels every few months rather than the ten it’s going to take for volume 3. To this end, to protect my lower back, I’ve splurged and bought a Capisco chair. It’s $900 freakin’ dollars. Luckily, I’m pretty spartan in my lifestyle, and I see this as a practical purchase, especially as writing for me right now is pretty much a second job; there are days where I will spend eight hours firmly planted in my seat, trying to comb out all the snarls and burrs in my draft.
Okay, I know most of you probably don’t give a damn about the mundanities of a struggling writer, but I wanted to provide a little context for the slow progress on volume 3. And now? As always…Back To Work! If you are a writer, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!