This is my last guest post here at Magical Words for my new novel SHATTERING THE LEY (in stores now). Again, thanks for having me. It’s been great fun posting here and I hope the readers have had a blast as well.
In this last post, I figured I’d talk about my crazy writer’s life, because it is indeed crazy. You see, I have a day job, because the writing doesn’t yet pay the bills on a regular basis. So the day job teaching mathematics at SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York is a necessity. It’s a great job and I really do enjoy teaching (yes, even math), and I’ve recently received tenure, so it’s now a secure job, which is getting harder and harder to find. But like any job, it does suck up a lot of time where I could be writing instead.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t write. There’s always time, you just have to carve it out of your schedule and then make certain you actually WRITE during those few hours you can grab. This past year, I’ve been working on the sequel to SHATTERING THE LEY, called THREADING THE NEEDLE. In order to get my writing time in, I organized my teaching schedule so that I’d have at least an hour of writing time each morning, before heading off to teach. (This is opposite my usual schedule—I typically write in the afternoon—but the teaching schedule demanded it.) So, each morning I’d get up, get around, and then sit myself down in the chair and write. One hour. Every chance I got. Normally I try to get 750 words in that one hour, but for this book I tried to push myself up to 1000 words. Sometimes I made it, most often I got between 750 and 1000, a few days, I’d drag out only 500 words. But I was writing.
Now, of course, it’s the summer break, which is one of the main reasons I wanted to teach. I knew I’d have a good chunk of time to work on writing during the summer. So I’m trying to get at least 2000 words a day now. Why not more? Well, if I can get more, then of course I go for it. But even without the day job, there are writing-related things that I have to attend to, such as promotion. This includes things like writing these guest blogs, answering interview questions for various places, setting up and organizing signings and conventions and appearances, etc. In addition, I’m usually working on more than one project at a time. I write short stories on occasion, and those usually take up a good week of writing. But I also edit anthologies, and in fact last summer, created a new small press called Zombies Need Brains. The first anthology, CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, should be releasing soon (if it hasn’t hit the shelves already) and we’re working on the next anthology TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER. All of these writing-related things take up some time as well.
So, overall, I’m rather busy. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s my crazy writer’s life. And now it’s time to get back to the real work—the writing and production of new things. Thanks for hanging out with me the last four weeks and reading these posts. If you haven’t already, check out SHATTERING THE LEY. And if you’ve got the time, CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE and TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER as well. And keep watch for new and exciting things from me and Zombies Need Brains in the near future!
Author Bio: Joshua Palmatier is a fantasy writer with a PhD in mathematics. His upcoming novel SHATTERING THE LEY (July 2014, DAW) is the first book in a new series, set in the same world as his “Throne of Amenkor” series. He is also the founder of the new small press Zombies Need Brains LLC, which will focus on producing quality science-fiction and fantasy themed anthologies. It’s first anthology release will be CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS, currently in the production phase, to be released sometime before July 2014. Joshua has also published numerous short stories in various anthology. Find out more at www.joshuapalmatier.com and www.benjamintate.com.
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