Echo: The Weekly Update

Word Count, Vol.4:  Over 200k.  I’ve decided to stop counting until I’m finished (I save each chapter in a separate word file for better organization/modularity so it’s a huge pain for me to open em all up, wait for the word counts to load up, then tally everything).

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, Alice, Daina, Daniel, Yolanda, Trace, Books4me, Vince, Laurie, and DAE 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:  I’ve temporarily halted drafting on Echo 4 so I can finish editing Echo 1.  I estimate that it’ll take between one and two weeks; I’m currently on page 73 (MS word pages), cursing myself for ever putting out such a clumsy and ill-written manuscript.  Writers, you know how it goes—when you look back at your stuff after a couple years of consistent drafting, you can’t believe what you once thought was the equivalent of Shakespeare now reads like lumpy old dog turds.  Anyways, I’m smoothing things over and keeping myself from going balls out and injecting my new-found “floetry” I’ve amassed over the last two years since I first wrote Echo 1; that would require me to basically start from scratch, gut the whole thing out, and then rewrite it entirely.  While I’ve added a lot of flourishes in word choice and rhythm, I’m not gonna go that deep; it’d probably take another year.

As far as Echo 4 goes, Atriya is gearing up for his final battle.  It’s probably good that I get a little time to let this stew in my head; I’m gonna try and push some conceptual boundaries in his last hurrah.  No spoilers, but as it stands now, I’ve finished drafting a chapter wherein the sadistic commander of a space ship (he tortures the harvesters he’s charged with protecting because he’s bored and his mission is to fend off alien attacks, which haven’t occurred in the entire history of Echo; they, much like us, haven’t made any extraterrestrial contact as of yet) is ordered to watch this final battle which will take place on Ascension.  I’ve tied up the story arcs with the Wraiths, and all I need to do is edit the crap out of ’em.

Damn, with my 3500 words/day drafting, I had been hoping to have been finished and well in editing stage with Echo 4 by now.  But—as Roland Deschain might say—I should cease my puling, right?  I should be glad I have something TO edit.  And so that’s me shutting my whiny mouth and getting back to work!  If you are a writer, then I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing!

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