I've been a busy bee this year. 5 works out, all that formatting, editing, keeping betas in line, wrangling reviewers, getting Amazon to make some of my stuff free, etc. But writing wise...not that hot. This looks to be the least productive year I've had in three years.
I know some people can go all social butterfly and that's how they get their work noticed and done, but me...I'm much more the mad genius locked in his laboratory. Either I'm writing or I'm doing promo, not both. This year, promo has consumed my time.
I'm frankly sick of it. Maybe this will cost me readers that one extra tweet would have grabbed, but I find it hard to care. I need to do this writer-style, not marketer-style. Even assuming I write all the way into my eighties, I don't have enough time on this Earth to get out all the material that is already in my head. Oh to think about some of the worlds and characters we're never going to get to visit together just because I'm human and not an evil cyborg...
I'm ripping the mouse and keyboard off this baby and throwing them into the closet, I'm taking the laptop off WiFi, I'm giving the Xbox a very stern talking to about letting me play with it so often lately, and I might even give Kathy Bates a call.
RR will not be on the net much...for December or for 2012. If you need to contact me about a review for my books, hit up my email and expect a wait in answer. If you just want to send fan-mail...well, I like fan-mail, only again: expect a wait. Hopefully I'll eventually sale a million copies and have some extra cash for a assistant, and a cover artist, and a great copy editor, and a guy to walk around behind me and say "Remember the Athenians". But for now: expect a wait.
You should however, be happy. This means more work coming out from me. Probably...no promises. But I expect an uptick in production without promo holding me down.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have a geomancer to do some business with...
Main Focus: Gush (Fantasy Action/Adventure) Novel, First Draft = 21k out of 100k estimate (21%)
Side Focus #1: Assault on Dread Fortress Paine (Post FM6 Novella?) = 44k out of 50k estimate (88%)
Side Focus #2: The Glassbreaker Goes Home (Post FM6 Novella) = 26k out of 50k estimate (51%)
Back Burner #1: FM7 School Story = 0k out of 80k estimate (0%)
Back Burner #2: Super Secret Awesome Project
Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM3-FM6 concordance updates