Echo: The Weekly Update

Word Count, Vol.4:  97,498

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, Keith, and Alice for posting AMAZING reviews on Amazon!!!  Ashley too for the 5 star on Nook!  I’d like to reiterate that leaving a positive review for any author is the equivalent of leaving $100 tip at a restaurant (I know some authors who’d actually pay that much for a good review).  Although I sincerely appreciate any love you leave me on Amazon, please consider leaving a review for ANY author you know, simply as a random act of kindness…because it’ll mean the world to ’em!  (A good place to start are those I’ve listed—a few of them are authors.  Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with ’em and I’ll be more than happy to do so!  And no, you don’t need to have purchased their book to leave a review on Amazon; you simply needed to have used Amazon at one time or another to leave what’s called an “unverified purchase” review.  If you purchased their book at the store or on another eReader, you can still leave a review for them.)

News:  Volume 4 is coming along, and despite my attempts at trying to knock this out quickly, it’s turning out to be a monster.  Yeah, I’ve TECHNICALLY put enough words down to have a publishable-length manuscript, but I’d guesstimate I’m only around 50% done with the story in terms of events that need to happen.  (It’s like once you let the muse come through, it’s eager to heap on as much detail as possible.)

I’m finally writing about stuff I’d dreamed about when I first started this series, and it’s a good exercise in trust:  For awhile I was worried that the longer I didn’t write about the stuff in my head, then its viability/vividness would disappear from my mind.  That seems to not be the case; the idea flow is as torrential as ever.

Volume 4 is NOT the lean, flavorful piece of story that Volume 3 is.  It’s a big ol’ blubbery chunk of fat that is housing good scraps of meat somewhere in its depths.  As always at this point in the process, it’s hard for me to imagine this thing being entertaining to anyone, but that’s where you gotta have faith as a writer; part of writing is trusting that things will be okay after you edit the crap out of ’em.

Alright, it is now time for me to get back to work!  If you are a writer, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!



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