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Abstract Thoughts has been updated with All About the Books - which is mostly about writing but some about moving.

September 5, 2007
All About the Books
Time seems to be racing by these days and I can't figure out how I'm going to have enough time to do everything I want to do by the end of the year. My life is all about the writing these days when it isn't about working on Jeff's house or thinking about the impending move. In truth, from the outside, it's got to seem boring.

I have just ended my eight month of my Writing Sabbatical Year. Let's see where my Year-to-Date report card is:

  • Submissions: 44 of 60+ (ahead)
  • New Short Stories: 23 of 24+ (ahead)
  • Freaky Friday Fictions: 37 of 50+ (on track)
  • Books read: 27 of 24+ (ahead)
  • Novel #2 word count: 34,500 (on track)

    Also, I've had the equivalent of leveling up as a writer and it's really cool. I am now freelancing for Amazon.com on product descriptions and such. Some of my stuff is already live. Last month I went through and learned how to do what needed to be done to write up various types of product descriptions from the 100 word splats to the 800 word "A+" pages and everything in-between. There are a lot of fiddly detail bits to remember. But I seem to have taken to it quite well. Enough to get through a rush job that tested out my memory and quick editing skills with almost no mistakes at all. Now, I've turned in my first invoice and, if everything goes right, I should get paid in early September. That is really awesome.

    Also, I just got done doing my second rush job for Amazon.

    I realized recently that as this is the Year of Writing. Next year will be the Year of Editing. I will have five books to make sure are properly edited by the end of next year. No, seriously. Five. Maybe more.

    Book One - Regresser's Evolution - Coming back from professional editing with suggestions for additions or rewrites.

    Book Two - Novel #1: The Old Woman in the White Cadillac - It is almost all back from my first round readers. I think I need to give up on the last one because they are way too busy. So, that one will need editing.

    Book Three - Novel #2: The Thief's Mistake - It is half done and will need an over all polish before I send it out to my first round readers. Then, the second draft and an edit.

    Book Four - The Girl Next Door - Avon Red is looking for a collection of erotic short stories by a single author that has a linked theme. I have exactly the kind of book they seem to be looking for already written but, after one look at the manuscript, I know it REALLY needs a good editing before I send it out to them.

    Book Five - Novel #3 - Yes. I plan to do a third novel this year. I want to do NaNoWriMo this year. Yes, this means I need to get The Thief's Mistake done before the end of October and decide what I'm going to write for NaNoWriMo. Whether it is going to be a YA book or the second in one of the trilogies I'm working on or something completely different. Yeah. I'm crazy. I know it. So, sue me.

    Book Six - (Possible) The Edge of Propinquity 2006: Revelations - I'm still looking to see if there are any publishers who might be interested in picking up The Edge of Propinquity as anthology or if I should go ahead and just POD them.

    Book Seven - (Possible) The Edge of Propinquity 2007: Consequences - Same as above.

    Book Eight - (Possible) Freaky Friday Fiction - I'm toying with the idea of editing my entire FFF collection, adding some unpublished ones and adding a foreword about Freaky Friday Fiction to sell as a collection of freaky, horror and/or supernatural stories. We'll see. I have 50,000 words in the collection now and that is nothing to sneeze at.

    Eight possible books to edit over the next year to go along with the writing of the monthly the Edge of Propinquity: Kendrick stories and the weekly Freaky Friday Fiction vignettes and any other short stories that my pique my interest.

    When I'm not working on writing, thinking about writing, doing tech writing or having a plot-gasm for one of my many writing projects, I'm worrying about or thinking about my impending move to Bothell. There's still a lot of work to be done on the house before I can start moving stuff in but Jeff is certain that most of that will be done by the time Hawaii comes around in early October. Despite the amount of work we need to do (and by we, I mean, mostly Jeff with me in support), I think it will all get done and I can't wait!

    I am really very excited about moving. Part of it, I'm sure, is me being a military brat and used to moving. Part of it is me being excited to move into a house again - especially one as cool as this one. It has skylights! Just like my condo. And part of it, the biggest part, is being excited to move in with Jeff. It will make life a lot easier to live together - especially on the schedule. Plus, it will just awesome to be with him. I've been so happy these past four months that I can barely believe it.

    So, now that September is here, the purging of the home is going to begin in earnest. If I don't use it or don't need it, it's gone. If it has sat in a closet for more than a year (let alone the four years I have lived here), it is gone. If it doesn't fit, doesn't look good and isn't something I'm going to wear anytime soon - gone. Gone! Gone! Gone! Various charities are going to do well by me this coming winter and I can't wait.

    Tarot Card for the Day: Three of Wands
  • Comments

    ( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
    Sep. 5th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
    I'm so glad your Year of Writing is going so well! I'm envious of your sabbatical and always impressed by your progress. You're certainly making the time count.

    And congrats on moving and moving forward with your boy. :)
    Sep. 5th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
    The Old Woman in the White Cadillac
    Oops. :( Um, I'll try to have smoe feedback to you by this weekend, if everything goes as planned. My bad on letting this slide for so long!
    Sep. 5th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
         Indeed, thank you for posting these status updates; they're most inspiring, and giving me ideas about how to handle stuff in my own life (sometimes, more mundane things right now, but someday, I hope a writing sabbatical as well).

         I would TOTALLY be all over the FF book! I would buy copies for many people. :) I would also love to see TEoP books, as I have fallen way, way, hopelessly behind on reading that...

         Congrats on your move! Sounds like you two are doing really well, and you have a good handle on the situation. Since I seem to have been not reading LJ much when you two got together--can I ask how you met? I'm trying to find new ways to meet people, so any new ideas are welcome...

         And looking forward to seeing your new digs in Bot-hell!
    Sep. 5th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
    Jeff and I met 2.5 years ago in an after work D&D game at MS run by my favorite ex-boss.
    Sep. 5th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
    Heh. That's really nice! :) I need to find games I enjoy to be involved with. I am much more of a casual game player.
    Sep. 6th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
    Wow. Congratulations, on all of that. It's a hell of a productive part-of-a-year. :) Do you have a firm move-in date yet?
    Sep. 6th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
    I'm going to be moving in from the middle of October until the end of December. The official move-in date and cut everything over is January 1st.
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