Here’s some of what I did last week:
Read a book for a potential blurb, and another in my role as a member of this year’s jury for the Andre Norton Award for YA science fiction and fantasy. (I have about ten more on my current stack of Norton reading, plus a list of others to track down. Yeah, I’m going to be doing a lot of reading for the remainder of the year.)
Blogged and Facebooked and tweeted, but not very much.
Friday I met with a local high school’s book club to talk about being a writer.
Email. The email never ends. On Twitter this week, editor John Joseph Adams observed, “Some days, you get email, and you’re like, “Ooh, new email!” Other days, every new message makes you want to scream “F*** YOU” at it.” (I edited that one word a bit…) Most weeks are like that for me. I’ve been known to put off answering e-mails for, well, way too long. My work e-mails fall into three basic categories: mail from readers, good news (reprint request, award nomination, etc.), and mail asking me for something. It’s this latter category that can get. . .frustrating. Sometimes the request is for something I’m happy to do (be a guest of honor at a convention, write a story for an anthology), sometimes it’s. . .not (send free books to someone I don’t know, some complicated request I don’t have time for, write a story for an anthology). E-mail is surprisingly time consuming, often because I simply spend too much time stewing over how to gracefully say, “No.” Or even, “Hell no.” Or I’ll often wait until I’m in a better mood entirely to answer email at all. Hence, the delay. . .
I wrote more than I expected to. Current work in progress hit 75,000 words, and I’m still setting up the climax. 75,000 is about the average length of a Kitty novel, so being at this length and still not finished is kind of new territory for me. I think this one might actually approach 100,000, which would make it my longest published work to date, once it gets out in the wild.
Next week: much of the same, most likely!