Best Worst Vacation Week Ever
(This turned out a little longish, chickadees, and covers a handful of things--it's both a personal and professional update. Thanks for reading.)
Well, my first week of vacation totally sucked.
It opened with me, you guessed it, answering work email (stuff regarding Exhumed). Then Tuesday night was fabulous having drinks with a friend (FYI, my friends are hotter than your friends). Then I basically did day-job-related-side-work all week. I haven't written a word (that's not true--I think I managed like 200 on something), I haven't relaxed, I haven't fully knocked off anything from my "I'm already behind in this" to-do list, and I've been absolutely miserable and stressed, still.
Of course, Uranus hit retrograde* and I was smacked upside the head with a sudden realization I'm not going to get into here. Suffice to say, half of my near constant state of unhappiness is under my control, so something has to be done about that in the coming months. In truth, I am very, very tired. And very, very unhappy. And if I asked Dina for advice over at Tea and No Sympathy, she'd respond with some variation of this--I know I have to do something about it or she'll stab me with knitting needles if I whine again.
Anyway. Onto the better stuff: it's been you guys.
Dare I say, fans?
That some of you who read Exhumed gave me the honor of sharing your thoughts and enjoyment has just been the highlight of my week. It's very, very heartening. I think what's meant the most to me (besides being mentioned in the same breath as my Bad Horse, Lilith-freakin'-Saintcrow) is that thus far readers appreciate the honesty in the book.
It did help me immensely to be reminded of who I write for. I don't write for people who like things wrapped up in a bow, or traditionally likable/weak/boring heroines, or brutish alpha males, or any of the popular tropes you see everywhere. I don't write pretty tales of HEAs (unless they're earned and even then...). I don't write what will ever be uber popular. I never will--I'm not capable of it.
I write for those of us who are the heroine and the monster. I like things dark, and ugly, and flawed, and cathartic, and real. And as long as my work is honest, there will be readers who are happy with that.
And if you guys are happy, I'm happy.
(If you want, readers have been sharing their thoughts over here [Danni made me cry] and you are welcome to come and join us, just please note there are implied spoilers. I really, really think the book has more punch if you don't know the major plot twists going in, so I beg of you gentle reader who hasn't read it yet: please avoid any spoilers--don't read the comments there and maybe just avoid reviews. THEN come back and talk spoilery with us, 'kay?)
Anyway, one thing that's come up is some Nate-hate. Which was somewhat anticipated, yes, but I still feel bad for the guy.
So I'm probably going to release his Exhumed-POV novella 9 Crimes after all. (That sound you hear is MelLHay cheering.)
The likelihood is that I'll sell it here in ebook for like $1 or something. Yeah, I know, Kindle etc, but at that price point I'd be making like 30c a piece and we all know my dislike of Amazon. What I'll do is provide it in various ebook formats zipped up like I did Soulless (HTML, PRC, PDF, EPUB--compatible for your Nook, Kindle, other ereaders or just in your browser/on your PC).
I'm also going to include a bonus Nate story called Aftermath that takes place just weeks after Exhumed. Because Nate is talking to me and I always listen to him (he has a bromance with Ellie! a conversation with Maximilian! I MUST WRITE THIS!).
I'm aiming for end of July/early August. I hope you'll join me for it.
Thank you again, those of you who read Exhumed and are trying to spread the series love right now with reviews and recommendations, etc. Just the messages of support you've been leaving has meant the world to me.
You totes complete me.
Now I have to finish packing--I'm probably cutting the vacay short and will go back to work at the end of the week instead of the 24th since it's been a bust anyway, BUT I get to go to Judy's cottage with the aforementioned hot friend for three days and they will be the best damn days of the summer. I'm determined.
*I get not believing in all this retrograde crap...and it wasn't until my first year working in publishing, when I witnessed Mercury retrograde in Gemini, that I became a believer. DUDE.