So first, my story “No Spaceships Go” will be out from Daily Science Fiction on December 17th it looks like. So go sign up for their daily stories already, geez. (Though it will also be posted on the website at some point as well if you’re somehow allergic to getting awesome fiction in your inbox each weekday morning). Besides this being my first pro sale, it is also a story I really love. I write a lot of stories and I’m not sure I could even list the titles of all of them off the top of my head (probably, with some serious thinking, because I do have a good memory, but I might miss one or two). However, I play favorites like woah. This story was one of my favorites and I’m very happy that Daily SF took a chance on it.
So in November my writing went not too poorly, but I’ve discovered that writing while in pain really, really sucks. Or perhaps rediscovered, since I had to do it this summer when I pinched a nerve in my shoulder. I have my new keyboard now and am so far liking it (it’s only been a day, so no idea how it will serve in the long term). I’ve also adjusted my desk and my chair and gotten a wrist brace to try for the more sore wrist. All these things will hopefully contribute to less pain and a more consistent writing schedule.
All that aside, I managed about 52,000 words this month. That means a handful of new stories out to markets and some of what will be the first novel in my Pyrrh Considerable Crimes series. I’m going to be finishing up the novel in the next week or two, then it’ll go to first readers, then to the copy editor, and finally (hopefully!) on or around Jan 31st, 2011, it’ll be available to purchase.
For December I’m going to take it somewhat easy. While I’d like to be writing 5-6 hours a day, I know that on many days I’ll have other commitments (I have a huge family, and the holidays are always made of crazy sauce). So I’m setting my daily goal at 10 pages each week day and 5 pages each weekend day. I’m planning on writing the second Pyrrh novel this month, as well as starting a romance novel that will go out to traditional publishers in Feb. I was going to write my horror/western, but it needs to percolate more I think, and I’m debating writing it for e-pub instead of trying to figure out how the hell I’d pitch something like that to trad publishers. We’ll see. I like that I have all sorts of options now and can pretty much write whatever I feel like (not that I wouldn’t anyway, I’m stubborn like that, but nice to know I might actually get paid for this stuff).
So November was a mixed bag. I didn’t hit my goal, but I got over the halfway point and I still got something done, which is better than nothing. Even if I only get 50k words each month next year, that would still be 600k words of new fiction ready for various markets and experiments, which isn’t a bad production rate. So we’ll see. I’m going to aim for more like 75k to 100k a month, but it’ll depend on schedules and wrists and my own laziness.
Speaking of laziness, I’ve been playing some Mass Effect 2 (well, helping my husband play by mining planets for him and such). I mention it because the world-building is boggling and awesome. Flying around and reading the different planet descriptions alone has been a joy and very inspiring. After I finish up the next couple novel projects (or perhaps in between), I’m totally going to get some sf stories done. I wrote fantasy in November pretty much, so maybe it’s time to return to space. Hmm, I wonder if I can write ME2 off on my taxes? It’s totally helping my writing, totally. *grin*
(Speaking of taxes, I’ll be filing my first schedule C this Jan. I’ll definitely be posting about that process around then, because I think more information needs to be available on how this works exactly. I’m going to hire a professional to talk me through it the first time, because while I’m competent as the house accountant, I’d rather not mess up when it comes to the IRS. They aren’t exactly forgiving of honest errors. So look for a post about that, and some neo-pro interviews coming soon!)