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Dang, it's early!

Over the past couple of weeks, I'd been sleeping in until the unheard of realm of 7:30 - 8:00 am. I was glad. I tend to pop out of bed too damn early, and I figured I was simply in training for Daylight Savings Time. So of course today I woke up at 5. I told myself it was "really" six and it "wasn't too bad." But still. It's early.

Last week I had some back issues that laid me up for a couple of days, but I used the time to make a small dent in my TBR pile (which is now massive after the GRL Retreat). It seems mostly resolved now which is fantastic, since similar injuries have lingered a month or more in the past.
At the GRL booksigning with Clare London :D

I toyed with the idea of putting out a late edition of JCP News for October, but decided that since most of you are getting the Saturday Snippets anyway, it's not like I've dropped off the radar or anything. The big newsletter will be back on schedule in November.

A lot of readers have asked me what's next, now that Spook Squad is finished. I'm working on Mnevermind II, but I've hit a plot problem, so I'm in thinking mode. I've realized that while it's entirely doable to force my way through a story, it takes me twice as long, and it makes me miserable. It would've been a lot more pleasurable writing Spook Squad if I'd just waited until the solutions became evident. In my ideal world I'd be able to release another novel this calendar year, but if it doesn't happen, I'm not going to stress over it.

I've been writing flash fic in between to keep limber. Some of it's running long. I'm thinking I might put out a collection of new PsyCop shorts before I dig into book 8.


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Nov. 3rd, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)

I've been anxiously waiting for ''Mnevermind II'' since I've read the last page of the first book, but do take your time.

BTW very nice picture of you and Clare!


Nov. 3rd, 2013 12:40 pm (UTC)
I met a few hardcore Mnevermind fans at GRL too, and was tickled to be able to tell them book 2 was half done. Though unfortunately it's been half done for about a year, and the new chapter I added isn't working... bah.
Nov. 3rd, 2013 12:57 pm (UTC)

I don't think that to put pressure on yourself would work. And anyway it's not a good idea.
Nov. 3rd, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
It kind-of works, which is why it's not an obvious thing to stop doing it. (Did that make sense???)
Nov. 3rd, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)

Then I don't know what to say. As a reader I've got a conflict of interest ;-).
Nov. 3rd, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
LOL keep on supporting my mental health, that'll pan out the best in the end ;-)
Nov. 3rd, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
You don't really expect your body to co-operate with DSL, do you? Ours went back last week and the only good thing I can say about it was that I was actually asleep at the time - watching the automatic clock wind forward 23 hours is interesting the first time you're prowling at 2am, but subsequent viewings aren't as enthralling. The forward one hour times are quicker but very frustrating because they mark another hour of sleep lost.

It's a difficult balance between forcing a story and letting it wander off and hibernate. I'm still struggling to keep my attention on writing (NaNo time again). I'm always worried that if the current manuscript can't keep my attention then readers are going to give up and fall asleep half-way through the first page. But when I've forced myself to finish I'm not very happy with the result.

I wish I could be objective about my own work!
Nov. 3rd, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Sometimes writing feels like a big head-game I play with myself. I don't think it is possible to be objective about something that's so intimately subjective, is it? I try to switch vantage points, but really, I think the subjective point is where I want to spend 90% of my time, otherwise I'm second-guessing the part that really makes it come alive.

I used to enjoy NaNo but I think it doesn't really work with my own process. I find deadlines create anxiety that slows me down.
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Nov. 3rd, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! The snippets are a good way to keep the ol' pump primed.
Nov. 3rd, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking I might put out a collection of new PsyCop shorts before I dig into book 8

Oh, anything at all would make me joyously happy, but this would be wonderful.

I'm hip deep in NaNo again, not to have a deadline per se since I'll finish long before the end of the month, but rather to get myself focused on getting the next half of my current novel at a state where it can accept editing instead of just rolling around my head awaiting the tip-tap of my fingers on the keys.

*sigh* back to the writing...or...maybe not. I have a short waiting for me to finish reading it. Yup...back to a quick read instead :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Nov. 4th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
Interesting, I'm getting a more positive response to the PsyCop shorts collection than I'd anticipated. Hooray!

I hope your NaNo goes fantastically well :-)
Nov. 3rd, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
A collection of Psycop shorts? Yes, please. I would love it!
Nov. 4th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! I'm so glad to hear it. I can explore side-avenues in PsyCop shorts that would take focus away from the larger arc, were they to appear in the regular storyline.
Zoe Sotet
Nov. 4th, 2013 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm sure they will be worth the wait.

Will there ever be a sequel to Sleepwalker? I'd love to know what happens to Web and Jesse.
Nov. 4th, 2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
How interesting that you remember Sleepwalker. I'd actually planned for there to be a sequel and I did A LOT of research, then I decided I was unhappy with my story idea, which felt suddenly very contrived, and I shelved the whole thing.

Maybe someday I'll spend some time journaling and see if I can come up with a plot I like better. The taxidermy research I did was just fascinating. I visited a shop in this guy's basement and everything.
Zoe Sotet
Nov. 4th, 2013 11:58 pm (UTC)
I loved it because the characters seemed so real and it was sweet without seeming contrived.

I can see how it would be hard to write a sequel though. The characters would need a whole new plot to inhabit.
Nov. 15th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
Sleepwalker hasn't left my head since I read it. Same thing- the characters were people I wanted to know more about. Glad to see I'm not the only one who'd love more in that world.
Nov. 15th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Interesting! One of these days I'll do a re-read and see if these couple years of perspective will help me come up with a plot I can be proud of. I do feel like their story isn't quite done.
Nov. 15th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
I always feel weird saying "I hope there's a sequel!" because some authors get very tired of hearing it, but in this case- I really hope a couple years has given you a new perspective, because I'd LOVE a sequel to Sleepwalker. My fictional gay boyfriend Vic aside, I think it's probably my favourite of yours.

Edited at 2013-11-15 07:40 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
You hit the nail on the head when you said they needed a new plot. That's so true, and that's where I'm hung up. I know what happens in their relationship and with Daniel's health, I went and spent three days in the dead center of Iowa to get a feel for Jesse's roots and his home town, but in order to make sense with Sleepwalker, the second book needs some kind of thriller plot. And that's where I stalled out. The first book was originally written to be part of another project and so it had a lot of elements I wouldn't normally use, and I think that's why ideas for the followup are hard to grasp. But like I said, hopefully distance and perspective would help me figure something out. It's pretty exciting to hear you dug it as much as you did! Thank you!

edit: oh wait, you didn't say that, the commenter before you did. Well, she was right :D

Edited at 2013-11-15 08:24 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2013 04:40 pm (UTC)
She was! I'm looking forward to anything you write, but I definitely have a soft spot for that story. I definitely want to know how (or if!) his health concerns are resolved. I'm sure there's a thriller plot lurking in those cornfields somewhere. ;)

Nov. 15th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC)
A collection of PsyCop shorts would be awesome!
Nov. 15th, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm working on a new one for the collection now and I'm really happy with it!
Nov. 15th, 2013 03:39 pm (UTC)
This makes me happy in the pants!
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