12.19.2011

Creative Deep Freezes and Dead Trees

Not yet, Egon. Not quite... 
Try as I might, but the month of December is usually the time when my writer brain goes into hibernation. I think it's equal parts post-NaNoWriMo letdown and Christmas baking. I look forward to all of the culinary events of the holidays, and I'm fine taking a short break from the screen and keyboard.

However, I am beginning to wonder if NaNoWriMo is really a wise thing for me to continue doing anymore. While I'm grateful for the challenge it presents, and the opportunity to start something new, I can't get past the fact that the recovery period is awfully long for me, and it winds up putting my other projects even further behind. October was an incredibly productive month, and I can't help but wonder if that productivity might have extended into November and beyond without the self-imposed craziness of NaNo and the inevitable burnout that happens afterward. Besides, I've won four times. I no longer feel like I have to prove to myself that I can do the challenge.

Anyway, things will likely pick up in early 2012. In fact, they must, because I'm hoping to enter The Stargazers into the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition that starts at the end of January. And I won't be able to do that until I've put it through one last revision. Fingers crossed I can get it done in time, especially since I'll be going back to work here very soon. But if not, I have a small list of publishers I intend to submit it to before I take the self-publishing route. At any rate, I think I need to release something soon in the ebook store before my tiny legion of fans starts pounding on my door.

Finally, just because the word factory is on temporary hiatus, it doesn't mean there isn't anything new happening in Writerland. My novel, SCARLET LETTERS: THE TALE OF THE VAMPIRE MAILMAN, has just been released in print! My friend Jeff Fielder designed the cover and the layout for it, and it looks fantastic. I'm very impressed with the quality of the CreateSpace printing. You can grab it for $11.99 through Amazon or CreateSpace directly. I have to say, there are few things that make one feel like an author more than seeing your work in print. And seeing people buy it in print? Well, that just makes me all kinds of ecstatic! Besides, all the people I've heard tell me that they would buy it, but they don't have a Kindle or Nook no longer have an excuse. Trees are waiting to be slaughtered for you Luddites, so hop to it!