“England expects every man to make the best effort he can under the circumstances and collect his gold star and participation trophy at the end of the day.”

I think my NaNo dreams are over for the month.  It’s sad, but I have to admit another ignoble surrender (2010 wasn’t my year, either).  After a long, busy weekend in New York with no time to write, I’m nearly ten thousand words behind my target at the moment, and I don’t have the wherewithal to kick it into high gear and get back on track.

I think that’s okay.  First of all, there’s always August, and second of all, I don’t really think of Camp NaNo, as fun as it is, as the real thing.  I’d be upset if I lost again in November, but I can tolerate the shame of my defeat with the aid of the summer sun and a healthy number of blog posts rationalizing my failure.

On the plus side, I really did get a lot of good work done on SZ-K, including pushing through a passing cloud of ennui and some debate over the direction I wanted to take.  20,000 words is 20,000 words, and I don’t think I would have written nearly as much this month if it hadn’t been for the motivation.  So thanks, NaNoWriMo.  Stay awesome, and I’ll try again in August.

In other news, I’ve been doing very well on Smashwords – and by “very well” I mean “I’ve made 9 bucks”, but that’s not too shabby considering my sales history in general.  It’s just kind of awesome when someone you don’t know, who is not obligated to you in any way, decides to spend a few dollars on something that you wrote, and for no other reason than that it looks interesting to them.  Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

And I made TLDTC free for a couple of days over this weekend and gave away another 68 copies, which is also pretty neat.  So I’m not doing too badly on that front.

I will do my very best to return to my previous posting habits, now that I can spread my creative energy around a little bit again.  For now, I’ll leave you with the song I’ve been using for inspiration when it comes to The Spoil of Zanuth-Karun.  I talked about how music helps me set a mood for a piece in this post, long ago, but that was before I started  SZ-K.

I find it so strange that I’ll come up with an idea for something, start writing it, and then come across a song or two that completely fits in with where the plot is going or what a character is feeling.  I love it.  This song is also really great song for a road trip album, because it makes you feel like your journey is a heck of a lot more epic than it ever will be, and who doesn’t want to feel that way once in a while?

So, until we meet again, which will hopefully be pretty soon because I do have some posts I’d like to write, I will bid thee adieu.


2 thoughts on “Uncle

  1. I always write to music. I think it’s like the soundtrack of a movie – if it’s right, it sets the tone for the entire piece. If it’s wrong, it can be quite uninspiring.

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