naomi_jay: (Matteo)
So yeah, I've been having sleep troubles lately, which is why I didn't post yesterday. I was too busy at work all day fixing a massive grant proposal, which somehow the person who was supposed to be an expert in such matters cocked up completely, leaving me (who's never done this before) to sort it out. What? I don't know. It was horrible. I had to calculate inflation rates for PCR machines and I don't even know what that means.

Anyway. I came home and was all, "Friday night! Yeah! Let's watch Dr Who from the 80s and eat fish and chips and then I'll totally write loads!" And what actually happened was that I ate fish and chips and fell asleep on the sofa. This is turning into a habit. For the past two or so months, my sleep has been utterly unrefreshing. I go to bed exhausted and wake up equally tired. I'm tired all day and work and then in the evenings too. At the weekends I dream of sleeping all day and then get up around 8-9am because I wake up and can't get back to sleep. I wake up once or twice each night too, and it takes me forever to get back to sleep again. It's driving me crazy because I'm starting to get too tired to do things I want to do, like write or watch films or go out in the evenings. 

So, because I'm a bit like this, I spent about an hour last night (after I woke up from my surprise!nap) looking up sleep disorders online. I'm sure what I actually have is plain old insomnia and a bit of stress, but it doesn't hurt to rule out advanced sleep phase syndrome, right?

And that's when I found out Exploding Head Syndrome is a Real Thing.

You guys.

How much do I love the human brain right now?

Actually, I'm fairly sure I did used to suffer from this - I can distinctly recall dozens of occasions where I woke up panicked in the night because I'd heard a loud, inexplicable noise. I always heard it as a scream.

Anyway. I don't know. I'm tempted to start trying sleeping pills, but when I used them as a student, I just ended up foggy and grumpy for hours the next day. I don't know if I'm suffering from lack of sunlight - my desk at work is more or less in a black hole and I see no natural light all day. So...Anyone got an good natural insomnia remedies?
naomi_jay: (fault lines)

So I have done virtually no writing this week due to being all social and whatnot, and it's making me kinda grumpy. I need to spend tonight working on Night Breed and the weekend on editing/proofreading committments.

What I do not need, brain, is an idea for a spin-off trilogy from the Shoregrave books when I haven't even finished Halflife yet, and when the next Ethan novella is obviously going to be insanely fun to write. No, no, no! Shut up! Stop making me make notes. *sticks fingers in ears* La la la la la.

 


naomi_jay: (ZP - Shuggoth)

I've taken advantage of a quiet work day to finish reading through WILD. *collapses weeping* I've got about a page of changes to make before it's ready for publication. I cannot believe how many typos I found after so many re-writes. Let this be a cautionary tale: you can never edit enough.

So I'm going to send the changes to my lovely formatter and ask him nicely to skillfully cover up my mistakes, and then WILD will officially be fit for release. Huzzahs!

I am, of course, now wondering if I should try selling it traditionally, because my brain is a horrible thing. But I'm pretty certain I've exhausted that option for WILD, and that hanging onto it now rather than self-publishing it will ultimately do me no good whatsoever.

So WILD is very nearly off my plate and into the hands of the reading public. No doubt it will sell millions of copies, snag a movie deal, and secure me fame and fortune beyond my craziest dreams. In the mean time, I have a ton of other stuff to be writing, and I've been slacking this week because of Stuff, so I plan to have a productive weekend. Watch this space.


naomi_jay: (ice cream happens)
I got fed a delicious, home-made four course feast last night. There was venison and chocolate torte and ginger cream and fishcakes and port and I never want to see food again oh God.

Of course, this fabulous feast meant I didn't do anything writing-wise last night, and after my dismal efforts last week, I really wanted to get things rolling this week. So far I've failed with a big, fat, chocolatey F. So this seems an appropriate time to roll out an accountability list. In no order of importance, I need to:

1. Write my Queered Fiction horoscopes
2. Write my Cambridge Explorer horoscopes
3. Finish The Necromancer's Apprentice (yeah, I went back to it. I cut the horrible sex scene and replaced it with some stuff about demons, which I like a lot more. I think I can get a first draft done this week now)
4. Finish proofreading WILD. I've found two typos so far *tears hair out*
5. Get at least 2k done on Blood and Bones over the weekend

I'm sure I'm missing something from the list, but I'm so doped up on a food hangover and lack of sleep, I can't think what it is. I've got a story submission to read for Serve in Heaven... that I'm pretty excited about. I know that's not it. I mean, that is something else I have to do, but I'm hoping I'll squeeze it in at work if I get some quiet time.
naomi_jay: (hyperbole and a half)
Give me absolute freedom in which to do whatever I want, and I will usually panic and just watch hours of Come Dine With Me. Kyle and I are almost terminally incapable of making choices between us; ask one what the other wants for dinner and they'll reply "you decide," at which point the asker will panic and just watch hours of Come Dine With Me order in pizza to avoid the responsibility of making a decision.

I'd like to say I'm less flakey when it comes to writing, and that I just sit my arse down every night and work on a project until it's done, dammit, but the truth is unless I have a deadline, I'm lot more ... relaxed in my approach. I don't really buy into the muse myth, but if there is a muse for Nome, she's fickle and unreliable. So since I finished the edits for DEMONISED, instead of cracking on with Blood and Bones, Wild, and Halflife like I told myself I would, I've just been messing around with stuff. There's the [livejournal.com profile] tessa_morelock novella, the anthologies I'm editing, and some half-baked ideas about kelpies. It's not that I'm lazy about my writing, but I am easily distracted by Shiny Things.

This needs to stop! No more Shiny Things! So I've made a list of things to do in March and April. Keeping in mind that I'll be starting Urban Wolf 3 in May, this seems like plenty to be getting on with in the mean time:

1. Finish the Tessa novella. 1k a day should wrap it up by the end of the week, I think.
2. Finish editing Wild. Ideally I'd like this done by the end of March so I can publish it in April.
3. Make significant progress on Blood and Bones and Halflife. I'm not really giving myself a specific goal to aim for, because if I don't achieve it, I'll just feel bad about myself, and nobody wants that. But it would be nice to be close to finishing first drafts on both by the end of April.

I've also got guest blogs and horoscopes to write, and I need to send DEMONISED off to some reviewers, but those should be quick n'dirty tasks, so I'm not counting them in the list. So! It's March 8th! I have fifty three days to accomplish three things. That seems pretty damn achievable.
naomi_jay: (hello cthulhu)
So I really was joking about the Daily Lovecraft thing, but then I spent yesterday watching the first two Reanimator films with [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory  and Kyle and realised that sometimes the Elder Gods have their own plan for you. I'm not sure Lovecraft would recognise his story, but there was much hilarity, and even a philosophical discussion over whether Herbert West really exists, or is merely a projection of Dan's own psyche. And then we just made slashy jokes, because it's pretty obvious Herbert loves Dan very, very much.

And then we watched an online review of Mansions of Madness, which looks to be the most horribly complicated boardgame ever designed. It's the kind of game that might actually induce madness if you attempt to play it, and I'm sure we will own it before much longer.

Anyway, all this Lovecrafting meant I got no writing done this weekend, despite my best intentions. I was going to write while Kyle and [livejournal.com profile] chaostheory  were watching the films, but apparently this would have been antisocial, possibly even rude, so I dutifully shut down my laptop. Guys! I have done no writing of worth for almost a month now *chews fingernails* I'm determined to finish my current [livejournal.com profile] tessa_morelock wip before I do anything else, because I really could get it done in a week if I make myself sit down and work, dammit. I've got guest blogs to write for the NIGHT AND CHAOS ebook tour, but they can wait til the weekend.

So, my goal this week is to write at least 1k a day on the Tessa wip so I actually have something to report to [livejournal.com profile] springathon  on Wednesday. I can do that, right?
naomi_jay: (whale)
So, I have random stuff. First off, two of the Static Movement anthologies I'm in, Serial Killers and Something From the Attic 2 are now available. Huzzahs! (And yes, that's an excerpt from my story, CASSANDRA LEE, on the Amazon product page ^_^). I'm particularly excited about the Serial Killers anthology as there are a couple of articles in there in addition to the stories that sounds pretty interesting.

Speaking of Static Movement, Submissions for Serve in Heaven, Reign in Hell are coming in steadily, and they're of a great quality. I'm really pleased, in an odd way, that it's not just the regular Static Movement writers submitting. As much as I like and admire everyone over there, it's nice to see fresh blood coming in, as I hope it'll draw more attention to SM and lead to bigger things for them, and I'm totally down with that.

I'm not down with my writing, or lack of, recently. I still haven't really recovered from the slump I hit after the DEMONISED edits. I've dabbled with a couple of projects, but I can't really settle on anything, and I haven't even touched the three projects I should be working on - Blood and Bones, Halflife, and Wild. I don't know if I'm just a bit burnt out at the moment? My last three weeks at the old day job were mentally exhausting, and my first week at the new job, whilst good, has been tiring too. Not to mention the amount of time I've been spending fretting over NIGHT AND CHAOS. Over the weekend I have a couple of stories for Serve in Heaven... to read, and after that I plan to get some writing done. I think my focus is going to be on Wild; I realised today that I'm putting off self-publishing it because I'm so worried about people hating it. And I decided I had nothing to lose if they did, so I'm going to go ahead and damn the torpedoes, or something.

Speaking of torpedoes (see how smoothly I do this), I'm thinking of throwing a Twitter party for NIGHT AND CHAOS. We did one last year for SILVER KISS, and I was pretty happy with it. It was basically a week of using a #silverkiss tag to promote the novel and get people talking; I'd put questions out there, and everyone who tweeted back using the hash tag went into a draw for a copy of SILVER KISS. Are we interested? If it goes well, I'll be doing the same thing for DEMONISED in March.

Speaking of DEMONISED (this one is an actual segue), I'm aiming to finish the Ethan short story, Ungrateful Dead, either tomorrow or over the weekend. Tonight I'm just going to go "meh" and curl up on the sofa and think twice about the amount of hot chocolate I drank today. One day I will learn that hot chocolate makes me sick, no matter how delicious it is. One day. But not today.
naomi_jay: (ethan)
So! I've pretty much pulled myself out of the slump I fell into after I finished the edits on DEMONISED. I don't know what happened. I was all like, "I'm done. Life is sad now." I thought maybe I was feeling guilty about doing so many horrible things to Ethan throughout the novella, so I decided the cure was to write a short story about Ethan where he doesn't get covered in semen or anything. I think once it's finished I'll make it available as a free read as part of the promotion for DEMONISED (which is out very soon now!)

In other news, I haven't done any writing of note since finishing said edits. I'm leaning towards working on editing Wild, since editing is what I'm all about right now, so I can get that ready to go on the Kindle this month. After that, Blood and Bones is top of the to-do list, followed by Halflife. But I'm expecting (yet more!) edits for BLOOD HUNT, the second Urban Wolf novel, pretty soon, so basically... editty-edits.

In other other news, only four days left at the horrible day job! Huzzahs! I'm torn between being really nervous and really excited about the new job. It's been a pretty stress-laden couple of weeks here getting my temp trained, etc, so I haven't really had time to sit down and panic about the new job, so I suppose that'll hit me at the weekend.

And in other other other news, my website is currently down and probably will be for the rest of February because I don't have any money spare this month to renew the domain name thingy. I can't imagine this will impact upon anyone's lives in any way (except maybe my dad, who reads my Twitter stream via my website then rings me up to tell me off for using words like "bollocks" and possibly the occasional spammer who wants to tell me how to increase traffic to my site and therefore make my business more effective), but ... I can't remember the start of this sentence. So I shall leave it at that.
naomi_jay: (sparklethulhu)


In which Nome is running out of funny Cthulhu pictures.
 
That aside, how's it going for everyone? I've been a bit slack this week, I must confess. I finished the second draft of BLOOD HUNT on Wednesday, and haven't done anything at all worth mentioning since. In my defence, I do appear to be developing carpal tunne syndrome, so...

I'm hoping to gain some ground over the weekend on Night and Chaos, though as I have nothing else planned (yay!). How about everyone else? Doing better than me, I hope!

naomi_jay: (sparklethulhu)
Sorry about that, fellow cultists. I fell over on Thursday and knackered both my arms. Those who pay close attention will know I have a chronic nerve-damage issue in my right arm (I know! I hardly ever moan about it at all!), and landing on wet concrete on my right arm is never a good idea. Add in the hyper-extended tendon in my left thumb, which I also re-injured in my fall, and I've just been too stiff and sore to do much (except moan). Anyway, long story short, I didn't do an Anti-Nano check-in yesterday.

So I'm doing it now instead!



Admittedly I don't have much to report myself. I've done very little writing this week for various reasons. The word count meter lies, in any case, because Night and Chaos is going to be well over 30k when it's done.

24565 / 30000
(81.88%)
 
How's everyone else doing? Better, I hope!
naomi_jay: (goldenwolf)
I think I tweeted about this but didn't actually blog about it: I had an awesome review of SILVER KISS last week from Hannah Priest, who organised the She-Wolf conference I went to in September.

"Clark's writing is tight and well-paced, and her narrative is enjoyable. The final plot reveal is shocking, and I found myself sincerely hoping that Ayla and Shannon would get through it together. Overall, Silver Kiss is a welcome addition to my werewolf library."

So, huzzahs for that! I'm really flattered by this review - by all the awesome reviews this book has received, in fact - and I hope everyone liked BLOOD HUNT just as much when that comes out.

Speaking of which, I'm racking my cold-filled brain for ideas for promotional material for BLOOD HUNT at the moment. One of the things I'd like to focus on is the Museum of Lupine History, which Ayla and Shannon visit during the book. I think it'd be cool to make up some museum-style gifts - postcards and keyrings - to give away. I'm going to try and find some medieval werewolf pictures to use - sort of like this:


 
And I'd like to make up some stuff using the cover art too. And I'm pretty hopeful I'll have a cover for DEMONISED before much longer, and there's probably a ton of fun stuff I can do with Ethan Banning promo.

In other news, I'm slightly behind my target for finishing Night and Chaos before November, because every day this week I've come home from work, coughed and sneezed everywhere, and then fallen asleep on the sofa instead of writing. I'm pretty dosed up on cold and flu medicine now, and I'm hoping to get some proper writing done this weekend and get myself back on track. I think if I'm not finished by November, I'll carry on with it, as I'd hate to stop halfway through and lose the momentum just as the story is coming alive in my head.

naomi_jay: (butterfly on hand)
Ever have one of those days when you wake up and your head is just full of stuff? Way too much stuff to possibly deal with in just one day, especially when the bulk of that day is going to spent at work? Yeah, that is today.

So I am now officially behind on BLOOD HUNT, thanks to having been ill all week (I have been so ill so often this summer, it's ridiculous). I'm not panicking yet because at least I know what I'm doing, which is always a good thing, but I do anticipate a heavy amount of editing on this book. The atmosphere doesn't feel right to me. I want this dark, claustrophobic sense running through the book, and I don't think I've nailed that. But hey, that's what the second draft is for, right? Right. I'm still hopeful of having a first draft done before I go to Manchester next week, but don't quote me on it.

I am struggling very hard not to be distracted. I think because I know I'm nearly done with the first draft, my brain is leaping ahead to the next project already, which is annoying. I woke up with the first line of the next Ethan novella in my head (for those interested, it's going to be, "Let me clear up a couple of misconceptions about private dicks. We are not all sex machines to all the chicks, for starters."). And I was like, yeah! Ethan! And then I thought I should probably write Halflife before I write another Ethan novella, so then I was all like, yeah! Yasmin! on the bus to work, and mentally writing the first chapter for that.

And then I got to work and remembered I A) still have work to do on Wild, really, and B) want to write the dark YA novel after BLOOD HUNT anyway, so then I was all, yeah! Werewolves and Satanism and eating disorders!

And then I checked through my emails and LJ and saw [livejournal.com profile] yolandasfetsos  mention a new epublisher and immediately started wondering what I could write to submit there, because I am nothing if not compulsive, and when I see things like this, I obsess about them manically for a few days before reason returns.

And now I'm just going to stop everything, because BLOOD HUNT won't finish itself (and nobody will give me a minion to dictate to), and that's the priority. After that, the dark YA. After that, everything else. I think my problem is, I want to write so many things so much, and get them all published, and I when I decide I want to do something, I want to do it immediately, so I kind of swamp myself with projects I can't possibly do any work for because I don't have the time, and then I panic and feel I'm not working hard enough.

But actually, dare I say it, I am working pretty damn hard on my writing this year, allowing for the arm injury, various issues, and the day job. I'm not anywhere near where I want to be yet, but I'm a hell of a lot further along than I was this time last year, so that's got to count for something. And I'm not failing. I have to keep reminding myself of that and remove the "must try harder" millstone from around my neck.

Okay, I didn't mean to go all sombre and introspective there. Um... Kittens and flowers and chocolates! Yay!
 



naomi_jay: (squid man)
Okay. I'm back. Sort of. I don't really have anything interesting to blog about, but dammit, I've been at work since 7.30 this morning and my brain is all funny. I spent the weekend at my parents' house, catsitting Fergus while they were on holiday, which meant getting up at 5am this morning to get a bus into Cambridge for work. And because, like a sensible person, I stayed up til nearly midnight watching Ichi the Killer, I am now the tiredest.

But it was a nice weekend! Pip and I went to Whipsnade Zoo on Saturday, and despite the miserable weather, saw lots of cute animals. Like pygmy hippos and flamingos! And meerkats! And these little deer things that were just running around everywhere unchecked. And then on Sunday, Kyle and I watched Fawlty Towers all day and that was also good.

So I'm feeling a lot more relaxed and at peace with the universe than I was this time last week. BLOOD HUNT currently stands at 40k, which is pretty good, but does mean I'm behind schedule. I didn't get any writing done over the weekend, but that was by choice. I know! I can't afford to give myself weekends off with 30k still to write! But this week all is returning to it's regular schedule. I'm pretty sure I can crack this by the end of August (well, I don't really have a choice!), and having a couple of weekends all to myself will help. After that, I owe a couple of critiques to people (although one is just a single chapter, so I'm planning to that today at work since it's quiet here and my boss is off. Sshh!).



naomi_jay: (halo girl)
 ... It's to know when I'm beaten. And as far as BAD DOGS goes, I'm beaten. I thought I'd figured out my problems with this book, but it turns out I haven't. Simply put, my heart is just not in it. So I'm scrapping it completely and moving onto the idea my heart is in. The plot I was originally saving for a potential fourth book in the Urban Wolf series will now be book two. BAD DOGS is dead, and BLOOD HUNT lives in it's place. Ta da!



 
1791 / 70000 words. 3% done!

I'm annoyed at how much time I've wasted, and I hope that I will be able to write BAD DOGS eventually, because there are elements to the plot I love. But right now I just can't do it. I don't know why and I don't want to waste more time examining the matter. Luckily for me, writing BLOOD HUNT now instead of later in the series won't affect any of the overarcing plots, and writing BAD DOGS later won't either. So Ayla and Shannon are going to Paris and I get to write about sewer monsters (OR ARE THEY???) instead of court cases, which frankly appeals to me a lot more right now.

On the plus side, I wrapped up all the loose ends with Demonised, and it's now out on submission. So that's at least one thing achieved this weekend. And my boss is back at work tomorrow so I can beg her for some time off asap before I go stark raving mad.
naomi_jay: (ZP - yay)
So, my Fearless Agent loves what I've done with Wild, which is a relief, and barring a few minor tweaks and edits, the Novel That Broke My Brain is ready for submission! *all rise, general huzzahs*

The plan, such as it is, is to get the tweaks and edits done as early as possible today, and then sit back and wait for the adulation to roll in. The good news is that I've slathered both my arms in tiger balm, which has definitely eased the pain, so I should be able to do this without crippling myself entirely...
naomi_jay: (cliff red woman)
*I'm sure I've used that as a blog title before.

Anyway. My arm freaking hurts. I was really good all weekend, doing nothing more strenuous than lifting a wine glass and the occasional piece of chocolate to my mouth. I may have been online yesterday, but I swear I did all my surfing one-handed. And despite this I am in a world of pain today. I feel really fuzzy-headed with it. Clearly I have not yet recovered from the Wild marathon last week, and thus will not be getting back to work on Demonised tonight. Or indeed, for the rest of the week.

I've yet to discover anything that really, completely gets rid of the pain. I have exercises, as provided by the physiotherapist I saw last year, and I have various work-break programmes on my computer, wrist braces, balms, gels, creams, and pain killers. But none of it works for long. I know that. The therapist told me this was not a curable problem, only a manageable one. That doesn't stop me being frustrated! Because it's not just typing or writing that's the problem; it's lifting, carrying, having a bag on my shoulder, reaching out to hand things to people, sitting with my arms crossed, sitting with my arm straight out, standing with my arm at my side, etc etc... Basically everything I do hurts. I don't do anything that doesn't involve my right arm, except possible wangst about how much it hurts.

Ugh. I hate how much I whine about this.

I'm leaving work early today, since there's somebody here to cover the desk, and planning an evening of little-to-no movement. Hopefully tomorrow it'll be better. Le sigh.
naomi_jay: (thrilling)
So. Yes. I finished the rewrite of Wild, again. This is getting to be a bad habit. It's now safely in my Fearless Agent's hands, leaving me time to recover from the whole process. I do mean recover - in the past five days I've written around 22k, culminating in a 7k marathon last night. So my arm is in absolutely agony this morning... what I can feel of it, anyway. I woke up in the middle of the night with both arms numb, which panicked me a little bit and made sleeping very uncomfortable. My left arm is fine this morning, except for the odd twinge in my index finger, but my right arm? My finger tips are numb and the rest just bloody hurts.

It was totally worth it though. I felt incredibly relieved and smug when I woke up this morning and remembered that I'd finished. I mean, I don't know if any of it is good or not, but I never do. But regardless, it's done. Yay! *all rise, commence rejoicing* And we can cross that task off the Accountability List.

Writing Life (in no particular order)

1. Finish Earthbound for Queer Light anthology
2. Rewrite Wild for my Fearless Agent. First three chapters must be done by 23rd March. Shouldn't be a problem. Obviously since I made this list, I've rewritten pretty much the entire novel. I don't think there's a single word remaining from the original draft except maybe "Lizzie" and "werewolves."
3. Finish Demonised, an Ethan Banning novella, for submission to Damnation Books.
4. Start on BAD DOGS, the sequel to SILVER KISS.
5. Continue with Afterburn, the sequel to AFTERLIFE.

So, according to my shiny list, Demonised is next, but I'm taking the rest of the week off writing wise to let my arm recover. In the mean time, here's an awesome review of AFTERLIFE for you to enjoy!

naomi_jay: (mamas and papas)

 
So Kyle and I went and saw The Fourth Kind last night, lured in by promises of Actual Case Studies and Shocking Footage. Turned out there was a lot of convenient static and malfunctioning video tape, but it was still a perfectly serviceable alien abduction film. Certainly more serviceable than The McPherson Tape, which just made me go LOL and WTF? And Milla Jovovich is always good value for money. But we did have to immediately come home and debunk the film by researching Dr Abigail Tyler and Nome, Alaska, where the film was set. (Ha, I should totally live there!) We couldn't find much about Tyler, so we settled instead for debating why aliens always come to Earth naked, and whether or not we were actually some kind of research project gone wrong for a superior alien race, and every time their boss rings to see how it's going, they're all "no, it's fine, it's fine, they haven't discussed nuclear bombs yet."

Anyway.

Yes, I finished the revisions on Wild. Huzzah! Now I need to write a synopsis, which I'm putting off because I hate writing them, and Wild has already killed my brain several times in the past three years, so I need a break. Instead I'm building up an awesome list of guest bloggers and giveaway material for December. Just as productive, and involving far less hair-pulling.

No Go Nano

Oct. 11th, 2009 01:09 pm
naomi_jay: (squid man)

So it's that time of year again, with everyone gearing up for Nanowrimo and getting excited about pub meets and write-ins and so forth. Everyone on El Jay is asking what we're all going to be working on, and I'm just gurning because I can't do it. I want to, every year I really want to do Nano, but I can't. It's not the word count at all. I can easily knock out 2 -3k in a couple of hours if I put my mind to it. But I can't do it consistently every day because of my bloody arm.

I've been having twinges ever since the weather turned colder, and am back to using Work Rave for rest breaks at work, which is always a bad sign. I'm also back doing all the nerve gliding exercises the physiotherapist showed me back in March. Sigh. I wish I could used voice recognition, but I hate it. I just HATE it. And I know loads of writers who swear by it, but I cannot for the life of me get my head round it. Maybe it's just that Vista has crap voice rec? Anyway, I hate it with the hatred of a thousand burning suns.

So I'm not even going to attempt Nano this year, after two years of Fail. I'm going to do [community profile] picowrimo instead. Last time I did it, in 2006, I wrote a 5k short story that got published in Midnight Times ezine. This year I'm planning a slightly more ambitious target than 5k. I just can't decide what.

Edits for AFTERLIFE are due in on November 15th, but until I see what needs to be done, I can't judge how much time they'll take me. I have an idea for a short story (maybe 10 - 15k) for one of QueeredFiction's upcoming anthologies that I would love to write. I'd also like to get cracking on the sequel to AFTERLIFE (not set on a title yet, but Blood Legacy is the one I keep coming back to. Sounds very generically "sexy vampire" though).

In any case, as soon as I've decided I shall hop along to the [community profile] picowrimo community and announce my target, thus creating the necessary peer pressure to make sure I actually do it. And now the inevitable: Who's doing Nano? What are you working on?
naomi_jay: (pale girl)

Yesterday was a total write-off for me. I struggled through my usual bout of Sunday night insomnia, then had to get up stupidly early to open up at work, only to discover three other members of staff were already in and had opened up. I was unimpressed. The day was busy and stressful and I was wound up to breaking point by the time I got home.

So rather than do battle with SILVER KISS again, I ate pizza leftovers and watched old episodes of Catchphrase and The Cube (the gameshow, not the film. I HATE that film with a bitter, burning hatred. Actually I hate the gameshow too. Oooh, the contestant has to bounce a ball into a tube! It's a simple task, but now YOU'RE IN A PERSPEX BOX IT'S SUDDENLY MUCH HARDER! Idiots! And don't get me started on Catchphrase. None of the catchphrases were actually catchphrases, unless "ceaser salad" is a catchphrase rather than a meal. I don't know. At least that was from the 90s. The Cube has no excuse).

Anyway. I did that, had a relatively early night, and feel much better for it. Woke up this morning ready to get to work again, and buzzing with ideas for promo for AFTERLIFE. I'm anticipating that doing promo on my budget will be pretty tough, but I've got a couple of tricks up my sleeve to make a go of it. More on that as it develops, but if you like the sound of hot jazz, cold cocktails, and dead men, stay tuned...

PS - I (by which I mean Steve, my web designer) am making some changes over at my website. There's now a separate section for the Wolf City books, so you can stay up to date on covers, reviews, releases, etc. Should you so wish. Which you do. I hope.

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