Word Count, Vol.4: Over 200k. I’ve decided to stop counting until I’m finished.
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: Back to my routine of drafting/editing. Right now I’m doing 1k words per day on Echo 4, and in the middle of the beginning parts of the final battle. I’m also editing Echo 2 alongside it, and although Echo 2 was once what I considered to be the pinnacle of my literary powers, I find that I now have to pick out a LOT of clunkiness that I thought was acceptable a year ago. I think it’s always that way; the further back you go to edit stuff you’ve already written, the more editing has to be done, as stylistically, you’ve changed a lot and picked up boatloads of knowledge.
Echo 1 has been revised and smoothed, and while it isn’t a knockout punch in terms of floetry, I consider it worthy of being published in paperback and a proud piece of writing to have associated with my name (pen name to be precise). Before I gave it its latest edit, I always read it with a bit of a cringe; now that cringe can be safely laid to rest. While I consider Echo 2 very readable in its current state, I don’t consider it OPTIMAL. I’m not trying for “perfect”—that is a surefire invitation to failure—I’m trying for “my best effort at this time.” So that being said, if you are a writer, then I wish you inspired drafting and insightful editing! As for me…back to work! 🙂