February is almost over. I have not been idle; despite the hugeness of the Harper deal and so on, I (estimate) I’ve written about 16,000 words of fiction since Jan – 11,000 of it in Feb, so my productivity is returning.
2054. 2054 is a collaboration between me, JT Lawrence, Jason Werbeloff and Colby Rice. We’re writing in a shared universe and each pitching in a story of about 12-15,000 words: together this’ll add up to a novel-sized work – hopefully the first in an annual series.
My story, Deep Ocean Blues, is complete.
Subjectively, I think my intro hooks have improved. My writing seems to have become even more Anne Rice in nature: not a bad thing – some of the voice I developed in The Slow Sad Suicide has carried over here. This is a story about octopuses, and thorium mines, and lonely undersea labor.
In the process, I’ve learned a lot about the fascinating, almost alien biological systems of the octopus; read up on convergent evolution (useful for future scifi – evolution converges on successful patterns!)
GODS OF CLAY. My story for the Gods of Clay anthology, Omega Point, was finished in Jan. It was about God – literally a dying god that recreates (our?) universe from fractal math. It explores certain concepts, like the Kardashev scale and the Tielhard hypothesis. It still hasn’t been accepted (or rejected), so I’m a bit worried.
THE COMIC COLLABORATION. My part for the comic with Sachi Ediriweera is done. We’ve knocked about ideas for the art, the characters (again, it’s about God – this time I rewrote Genesis a bit. I’ve seen the inking stage done; I’m waiting for updates on the coloring. Sachi has done a great job there, in my opinion.
I think I’ll now take some time off writing and focus on my studies throughout March. There are tons of things I haven’t done right this year – I haven’t nurtured my mailing list or set up a proper ads campaign (or even a business plan).
This stuff annoys me, to be honest. I really do not want to spam people. Maybe instead of talking about my books I’ll talk about the books I read (this week was Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan) and the games I’m playing. There has to be a way to engage with people without being a spambot.
On a different note, I was on the Sci-Fi Shenanigans Podcast recently with JR Handley and Christopher Winder. JR mentioned Joe Vasicek, a scifi author whose work he’s been pretty interested in. I checked out Joe’s blog and found this gem on the pricing of eBooks on Amazon: apparently the $3.99 and $4.99 pricepoints are returning to viability. This is excellent news for those of us who feel $2.99 is selling our work short. I have no problem giving my stuff away free, but devaluing it is another thing altogether. $3-5 seems fair – value for the author, and not too damaging for readers.