Yep, this post is a total weasel out. I find that I REALLY need to work on my for-pay books, and so I’m being bad.
So I’m going to throw out half a dozen ideas for discussion, things I’ve been wondering about myself, and maybe the discussion will generate future posts:
1- How many of you feel the need of an additional, non-verbal creative procedure? I found my time taking art classes were my most productive writing years, as well. It’s like switching the creativity to different sets of neurons can nudge me out of the dull spot in my story. (I think Tedd Roberts, aka, Speaker to Lab Animals would have something to say to that.) What about you? (And the reason I’m not taking art classes now? They doubled in price and I feel guilty. Starting to think they might be worth it, though.)
2- Since I can’t have the next Witchfinder book out for at least two months, it’s working out to a once a year schedule, which I know is bad for indie. Should I do novellas in between to keep it going?
3- While on that, do many of you find yourself enjoying short novels/novellas — around 30k words — as much as “real novels”? Because they’re faster reads, and of course, easy to market on kindle.
4 – Does anyone have any suggestions, short of moving (we’re working on that) to stop the cycle of colds/illness (I presume I’m allergic to something in this house) because I have a cold again, and I’m afraid violent coughing will injure the injured eye?
5- Cats, threat or menace? My older kid can’t spend an evening away with friends without our having two cats lamenting outside our door till all hours. It’s been too long since I’ve had dogs. Do they behave like this too? And what do I do if the kid — as he intends — moves away for graduate school next year?
6 – What are you doing for thanksgiving and how do you tell family what you’re trying to do for a living? And what are the reactions? I remember my years as an unpublished writer and having people tell me (I swear. Verbatim) “So, if you’re not published, that means you’re not a writer, just a housewife.” What is the mark of being a “real writer.” (I’ve since settled on “Spend most of the time working on my craft” but I don’t think my younger self would buy it.)
And now forgive me this weaseling out. I PROMISE to return to Elf Blood as well as all the rest. This month has been a Catastrophe of the Week club meet, and this too shall pass.