Word Count, Vol. 4: 112,568
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: Holy crap, my intention in pushing my word count (and postponing editing) was to finish Echo 4 quickly, but apparently the muse wants what the muse wants. I’m 112k words deep in this thing, but despite the volume of material, I’d guess that events-wise I’m a little over halfway done. I hope that those of you have been enjoying Echo are looking forward to a thicker-than-average finale to the series!
In other news, I think my forearms are starting to get used to the workload. I’ve intentionally altered my lifting protocol to focus on tendon strength (incorporating lighter-weight, eccentric, drawn-out lifts instead of heavy weights) rather than just lifting for muscular strength/size. I’ve also ordered a forearm massager from Amazon, which made me simultaneously chagrined/proud…it means I’m pushing myself as a writer, but there’s no getting around it: carpal tunnel syndrome is definitely a “nerd injury” haha!
I’m also frequenting a mix of writer’s groups, lit discussion groups, and philosophy groups. Each one has its up/downsides. Writers’ groups seem to be overly focused on technicalities and style. Writers also seem to always wanna throw in their two cents and suggest fixing things that aren’t really broken. However, the plus side of writers’ groups is that they are oriented toward producing things. Lit groups are not, but lit groups seem willing to set the technicalities aside and explore the deeper meaning behind printed works. However, I have found that if you go too “meta” in your statements, lit group people tend to react negatively. They want to play with the ideas and how they interact; they don’t want to play TOO much with the implications of said ideas. Philosophy groups are all about the “meta.” I LOVE seeing different views on things and how they’re filtered through an individual’s philosophy. And really, writing is ALL about philosophies—how they clash, how they’re expressed, what impact they have—so it’s awesome talking to people who wanna go deep. The obvious disadvantage with philosophers is that they wanna STAY deep; they don’t want to make tangible material like writers’ groups.
Now perhaps these are all hasty generalizations (actually they definitely are, as I’ve only been to one of each group), but these are the impressions I got from my last week of poking around. If my impressions change (I plan on visiting a variety of each over the next few months) I will let you guys know.
Anyways, that’s pretty much the news for now. If you are a writer, I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing! As for me, I gotta take a shower and get ready for some Iron Fist, haha! Happy week, everybody!