May 8th, 2008

criminal minds reid weep

he didn't notice that the lights had changed

Well, after a really good day climbing Monday, yesterday stank on ice. My left shoulder was bothering me a lot and the stomach did not like the cashews I had as a pre-climb snack, so I tried my project wall, and could barely even get on it, and then did two easy routes and watched Alisa and The Jeff climb for a while, and then came the hell home and watched Criminal Minds. Fail! But I will do better Monday.

Still, disappointing, as after Monday's general air of success I was hoping for another good day. Perserverance, however, is critical.

It's a cool, gray today with the promise of rain. I'm not going for a run, as I am declaring a recovery day (there may be climbing Saturday, if the weather is good, and there will be running tomorrow) but I might go for a walk later. If I get enough work done. And don't decide to curl up with a book instead.

Meanwhile, right now, I'm going to make coffee, shower, and see if I can get my words done early. There's archery tonight, after all. We'll see if my shoulder and neck are up to it. I'd like them to be, because I've been improving there, too, after a long plateau, and I don't want to lose ground.
writing patience

hey, hold my beer and watch this!

It's royalty statement season for two of my publishers, which means that I get to see how well or poorly books were doing around Christmastime last year. (Yeah, the wheels of publishing grind slow. The grand tradition of the 4-5 months delayed royalty statement was established long ago, and computers certainly haven't speeded anything up. Nor are they likely to, when publishers can still make a few pennies on the float.)

My Roc statements come so early in the biannual period I tend to forget I've gotten them by the time the others arrive--I think I had the statements for Whiskey & Water and Blood & Iron in February. (No, they haven't sold through the advance yet, but I think the MMPB for B&I will put it over the top, if it sells okay.)

So yesterday, I got my Tor statement, and it looks (If I am reading this thing right*, because every publisher also has a different format for the darned things) it looks like A Companion to Wolves (by Sarah Monette, and some chick who is obviously clinging to Sarah's coat-tails for all she's worth) sold through the advance, and then some, in its first three months of life. No money is forthcoming yet, because of this thing called "reserve against returns," which is the publisher holding on to the money until they are sure that the books won't come back. (It takes fewer copies of a hardcover to sell through a reserve, because the per-piece royalty is higher.)

To give you an idea of how long it sometimes takes, Bantam Spectra was still holding a reserve against returns on Scardown and Worldwired, published in 2005 (though they have released the reserve on Hammered), the last time I checked--remember what I said about making a few pennies on the float? Anyway, I don't have my Spectra statements yet, so they may have released that as of this period. Since Worldwired just went back for another 2000 copies (that's either the third printing or the fourth; I've lost track. I think it's the third.) I'm reasonably certain they will have to give me some more money eventually.

Moral: don't count on living on your royalties.

Other Moral: Suprise!buttsecks sells. Or maybe feminist critique of fluffy companion animal fantasy sells. Or maybe both.

*I'm still trying to figure out how many copies this says are in print, though, so don't count on my math too much.

Speaking of mass market paperbacks and A Companion to Wolves, Amazon is telling me that the MMPB of A Companion to Wolves will be available in July, not October as previously expected.

So it looks to be a happening May/June/July/August in Ebearland, what with the trade paperback of New Amsterdam available! now! and the last two episodes of Shadow Unit: Season 1 in the hopper, and the MMPB of Blood & Iron coming early next month, and the trades of Ink & Steel and Hell & Earth in July and August, respectively. After that, there will be a brief pause before All the Windwracked Stars at the end of October, in hardcover, from Tor.

Also, I've had a couple of conversations with my editor and agent about Chill, and now that I seem to be able to write again, we're going to try to get it finished in time to keep the current publication date of January 2009. Which means I have to have a draft by the middle of August, and we need to be done with the revisions by September 15. This will work out, as it means I will have the dratted thing done before Viable Paradise. (Which is where I am spending my birthday this year. Go team me!)

So really, okay. I can see why people say I'm prolific. But honestly, if you spend seven or eight hours a day writing fiction, this is what happens.

And speaking of which, this would be me avoiding working on "The Red in the Sky is Our Blood." So I should pony up and go do that, neh?

writing softcore nerdporn _ heres_luck

(no subject)

1005 words on "The Red in the Sky is Our Blood" today, by the skin of my persistence, to a total of 5013. And I think I'm stuck, at least until I figure out what the revolutionaries want with the Russian mobster's ex, and why on earth she would agree to help them.

So tomorrow, in the interests of making progress on something with a looming deadline, I'm going to give the Sebastien Novella Still In Need Of A Title some rope, and see if it will write me an opening.

writing shadow unit chaz gravity

why i'm old and bent and devil-spent, running out of time

Book Report #97, Elizabeth Moon, The Speed of Dark

Quite an impressive piece of work. One of the things I was most interested in was how the book itself succeeded in making me anxious, which is to say, made me feel the protagonist's anxiety as life is sort of rushing at him from all directions. At one point, I almost didn't want to keep reading, because it was too hard to maintain my separation from the story.

Also, Ms. Moon can write. I love the parallax view of Lou's view of Mr. Aldrin, and Mr. Aldrin's view of Lou.

That said, I did think the characterizations were a little one-dimensional, and would have liked people to vary from their assigned roles as heroes and villains a little more. Which I think was why I liked Aldrin so much; he's complex, and has moral weaknesses and strengths.
writing gorey earbrass unspeakable horro

pour my life into a paper cup

Well, I finished the book I was reading. And now I have nothing to do except be twitchy and think about what I need to be writing tomorrow. And the stuff I have sitting around unfinished that I could be finishing.

Which means its time for the First Lines Meme, in which I list the opening bits of all my works in progress, as a sort of public accountability.

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There. Maybe that will shake something loose.

(Yeah, I know, some of those I have been working on for years already. That's par for the course.)