I’ve been woefully neglectful of my wordcount sidebars there for a while. *cough*. Like probably at least six months.
On the other hand, I haven’t been writing as much as I might otherwise. The sheer amount of work with the copyedits/revisions/rewrites and all the rest of it have left me a bit of a mental vegetable.
I’ll admit there’s a part of me that thinks if I were a better writer or just a better person, I would somehow have manged to continue writing additional stuff all this time, but you know, I can only do so much. And of course, in the case of Shadow Weaver, I had to wait and see how Brush of Darkness turned out before I could pick back up with it. And I have, finally. It’s a little slow, at the moment, since I have to pull apart some of the plot points to match up with how everything ended. But I’m getting there. The wordcount is varying a bit every other day since I’m having to remove and add stuff as I go. Not much point in keeping a real count until I get through this first round of baseline edits.
The other pieces? I have to laugh a bit since the Selkie’s Kiss thing was just supposed to be a short piece – something smutty that I could get my feet wet with in the publishing world. Yes, ironic. But I was so seriously overwhelmed with even the concept of getting pubbed that I thought I should start small. It was supposed to be my mini-project that I would just whip out while I was trying to get BoD published. Of course, now it’s sort of languishing in no-man’s land, so one of these days maybe I’ll get around to finishing it (though I’m not sure what I’d do with it. Maybe just toss it up here or on the official site as a freebie.).
As for the others – MoonSong will probably never be more than just a pipedream, I think. The last remnants of something that should have been awesome – and that became utter shit. I went back to it too soon, and it shows in every word. The concept still lurks in the back of my mind though, and I’ve decided that if I go back to it, I’ll probably scrap everything I’ve written and tackle it from a completely different PoV.
And then there’s IronHeart, which has more words than I’ve shown here. I’m keeping this one under wraps, I think. It’s a sort of YA/SteamPunk thing – which is partially a bit about jumping on a trend that’s hot, at the moment. (And yes, I know they say don’t write to trends, but I actually had this storyline kicking about my head for a while as well. Seemed like an opportune moment to let it out.). Since my current priority is getting ShadowWeaver finished, I’ve got this on a back-burner for the moment, but if I can manage a little breathing room between ShadowWeaver and the 3rd Pocket book, I will see what I can do with it. It’s definitely been poking me in the back a lot more lately.
Gah. There are moments when I really wish I had more hours in the day. Or that I could quit my day-job to write full time, but I think that’s a ways off, so for now I guess I’ll just do the best I can.