“Whew,” I said in the writing chat room, “finished my galleys.”
“Oh good,” Mikaela said, “does that mean you’ll have time to write your MW post?”
Chastened, I come to write it.:)
Know what I’ve been doing? NOT WRITING. A lot of NOT WRITING. I’ve learned how to do a book layout in InDesign. I’ve been staring a bit miserably at the writing I need to do. I’ve gone to one of the local SF conventions. A week ago I finished all the book layout stuff and said, “Yay! Now maybe I can get back to ACTUAL WRITING.”
And the galleys for MOUNTAIN ECHOES, the 8th Walker Papers novel, landed in my inbox. Seriously, like, while I was writing a blog post saying “Maybe I can get back to the writing now,” before I got to the end of it, the galleys arrived. #NotFair, to coin a Twitter phrase.
Tomorrow I have to scan the changes in and get them sent off, so basically I’m looking at next Monday before I start writing again. And then I have to fix the horribly-broken book I’m working on, and theoretically do a synopsis for the next project, ideally all before Nanowrimo starts on November 1.
If I manage to get it so I can start the Nano novel–a pulp fiction novel!–by the 5th of November I’ll be doing incredibly well. If I get it started by mid-November, I’ll be happy. Its due date is a little flexible, but I need to start SHAMAN RISES, the 9th and final book of the Walker Papers, in January, so basically I need to finish two books, one of which isn’t started yet, by the end of the year.
Oh yes, boys and girls, this is a year in the life of a writer. :}