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i know it don't make a difference to you, but oh, it sure made a difference to me--

I'm in the midst of setting my house in order to start the big push on Steles of the Sky. Today is puttering and poking, tomorrow is outlining, and Monday is the commencement of hard writing--hopefully around 10,000-12,000 words a week. So I will be doing NaNoWriMo, sort of. In as much as I ever do NaNoWriMo. I mean, I need to write about 50K next month. And the month after. And the month after that. (I seem to have a lot of projects due in December and January.)

Project Don't Accept Too many Fucking Short Fiction Commissions in 2013 is still in place, although it's also still hard saying no. Especially to projects I'd love to be involved with. But it turns out I just can't write three books and a dozen short stories in a year anymore. The books are harder, for one thing. Writing is the only thing I've ever done that keeps getting harder the better I get at it. (There's a post over on the Wordpress blog about how it does seem like I'm getting better at it, at least.)

All this practice apparently amounts to something.

Alas, because of this--and other--reasons, I will not be at WFC. The year just got away from me, guys. I will be at the NYLA conference in Saratoga Springs on the 8th, and signing at Pandemonium in Cambridge on the 10th, however.

I've decided to go back to tracking my wordcount for this book. In part because I'm feeling better about my abilities these days--the latest crisis of confidence has settled out, and I seem to kind of like my own stories again--but also because my deadlines are so tight, and I need the reassurance of seeing that progress is being made. Otherwise I tend to give myself anxiety attacks about how I'm not actually getting anywhere, ZOMG, we're all going to DIE.

I'm not sure how often I'll be doing metrics here--I've been trying to limit my online time a bunch, because of reasons (reasons like wanting not to spend my life on the couch--and wanting to read more actual books again, and realizing how much happier I am when I'm not constantly being reminded that somewhere, somebody is doing something awful to somebody else every minute of the day) and you know? Limited internets turns out to be a good thing in my life. Like limited TV. The thing itself isn't bad. Just its overuse.

I'm going to try to do some tea blogging over at Wordpress, at least.

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Best luck on the book!

(Related: I've found being forced off the internet due to workload has been surprisingly healthy for my brain. I'm going to try to keep it this way, even when things ease up sometime in the next year.)
Yeah, internets eat your brain. Internet zombies.
I'm torn between "internets eat your brain" and "but that's where all my friends are." I've yet to find the appropriate balance between the two.
I'll have to subscribe to the wordpress blog. I like the tea blogging.

also, all of your previous writerly blogging here with the metrics and the stuff about the Dreaded Middle of the Book and Zeno's Paragraph? It's been a tremendous help and comfort to me while I worked on my own damn stuff. (Now we'll see if anyone wants to buy it.)
Ther may be more of that. We shall see....
It's such a big case of "So many (_________), so little time." The older I get, the more (neat, wonderful, exciting, interesting, fascinating) things I discover, but the less time I have to explore them -- just not enough hours in the day! It's maddening and frustrating to realize that I've only just very faintly scratched the surface of it all.
Good luck on the book. I wish you were going to WFC (the husband and myself were hoping to get Shadow Unit 1 signed), but I definitely understand that the writing takes priority! So, again, good luck!
I'm sorry to hear that you won't be coming to WFC, as I was selfishly hoping to meet you there. But I'm also entierly on your team when it comes to meeting wordgoals so - go you! I'll be rooting for you from Sweden!

Also, ten years with my favorite world, not bad, and omg has it been ten years already? Congratulations to you and Abby Irene, can't wait to get my hands on the collection.

Take care and best of luck (not that you need luch per se) with the word count!
Much sadness about not seeing you at WFC. All the best with the writing though!