Apparently the Day Reset Method is working for some folks, including those who didn’t think it would–which was also me! So I get the surprise lol. Whatever it takes to trick our brains.
I got my hardcover copies of A Wild Kind of Darkness and they are so pretty.
As big of an extra expense as they are, I think I have to keep doing them for the series. I’m extremely proud of all of my books regardless of the format, but having something that is, in itself, a work of art with all those extras–a collector’s item–is something I am extra proud of. I only ever buy a handful of print copies because I sell so few and no longer attend events or anything–I keep them on hand for a trickle of direct Etsy sales throughout the year, Patreon rewards, and just because I like to have copies myself. But I’ve all but sold out of the ones I just got (the remaining one is on my own shelf but it’s in perfect condition, so I can sell that one too), and I’m aiming to get them back in stock for the first of November. I do have several of The Killing Beach, if you want to start your collection (or buy a gift for someone who would like a weird, dark mystery with ACAB vibes).
This all means that A Wild Kind of Darkness is up now on Payhip for those who prefer to buy direct, since everyone buying a print copy gets a digital download code.
I’m waiting on a vet call for Rodney–we’re checking his anemia today–and I’ll either get this stack in the mail after that or, if it’s late in the day, go first thing tomorrow.
On Saturday, I finished Sins of the Mother, which is Waverly #6. I started it last year, before I decided to insert two other books, and left it sitting at 21K for ages. The first half needs a lot of work (well, all of it does) but there’s a basic draft there to work with. That left me with nothing to work on at the weekly write-in, so I went ahead and wrote 4K on Beneath the Pines, Waverly 7. (At least, I hope I don’t have to insert another book…I’ve got a few scenes in my head that definitely need to happen before the last act in this book, and if they don’t fit here, then they either weave in elsewhere or get a whole other book. I hate my brain.)
Someone might actually kiss someone in this series, and I’m as shocked as you are. Last night there was a copy of last year’s discourse on Bsky about “fiction characters having sex is coerced by the author because they don’t have agency and therefore bad” and, like, a) what the FUCK lol, and b) if I could coerce characters to just bang and get it over with, my various series would be lot shorter.
I am having to enforce a writing break now, though, as I wrote almost 120K in 3.5 weeks, and I’m starting to hurt. I’m in that place where it’s taken over my brain, though, and I haven’t so much as watched TV because all I wanted to do was work on the book.
It’s the most amazing feeling in the world, even if I keep forgetting things like eating.
I owe Patreon a couple of shorts and I’m hoping to get to those on Saturday. That should be enough of a break (keeping in mind, I’m not really having a total break, since I am still freelancing–I just can’t tack on six hours of writing at night) to make some good word count at the next write-in. And I really should do a newsletter/state of the union post.
In the meantime, though, my treadmill session here is just about done, and…
Isn’t she pretty???