RoW80 Update: Selling Out.

Things have been a little quiet on my side of the Intrawebz this weekend, despite having the weekend off from my part-time job. Having miraculously been giving a block of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off, I took advantage of an actual weekend to hold a very timely yard sale to get rid of some of my junk before I move into a much, much, much smaller apartment with two more roommates than I have at the moment (plus two more cats and a rat). Yeah, I’m moving at the same time I’m planning on releasing a book; that was smart. But, considering that The Slayer Saga: Soulless comes out THIS FRIDAY, I’m back to my usual grind, and back to finalizing the coding so that it’s ready and raring to go on August 15th, which is what this RoW80 update is essentially about.

See, the funny thing with me and deadlines is that I tend to hem and haw a lot in the week before hand, then bust it out last minute. I work best with a deadline, but the thing with Soulless right now is that, yeah, I have so last minute touches here and there, then the coding, which I can bust out pretty quickly, but, other than those things (which I can’t help put off), I’m all set. I just have to click a few buttons. Also, I have Thursday off, too, so whatever I don’t manage to do these next few days, I can devote that day to brushing things up. Unless the boy and I go to the zoo. Because we’re terrible vegans and love the zoo. We’ll probably go to the zoo.

…and then I’ll stay up way too late finishing and poking and prodding, and remembering exactly why I’m so adamant about a deadline when I decide on one. Because if I don’t stick to it, I will never feel it’s ready. Will Soulless go out into the world imperfect and flawed? Ohgodyes. Is that okay? Totally. I will release it into the ether to do its own thing, with its imperfections and flaws and what have you. And the world will go on, and I’ll move on to the next thing, and, soon enough, two books will become three, then four, then five, and so on.

I’ll bet it never gets any easier, though. I’ll bet I got through the same cycle with book thirty as I do book three. At least, I certainly hope I do; that thrill and excitement is part of the wonderful thing about this writing thing, that awful, terrible, wonderful, excited, glorious tumble in your stomach and flutter in your heart as you agonize over not having done a better job while simultaneously glowing over all you’ve accomplished.

This post is going into rambling territory, and I’ve got one more chapter to finally finish (LOL) and infuse into the main document, so I’ll leave you all to it and get back to work. If you get the chance, check out my fellow RoWers here and see how they’re doing.

Happy writing, everyone!


    • You’ve just given me a very vivid image of myself, old and wasting away on my death bed, with a pen gripped in my vice-like hand, putting the final touches on the written copy of Soulless. With that final pen stroke, I tilt my head back and whisper, “My book is finally perfect,” and, promptly, close my eyes and welcome the cold embrace of the angels…

      …My brain is special this morning. But, yeah, there’s no such thing as perfection, but there is such a thing as good. I’m still not convinced Soulless is good yet, but it’s not bad, and I can even obsess over “good” as well as “perfect.” So I’m ready to let it go and be done with it already.

  1. I know exactly how you feel. ‘Reunion of the Heart’ is still full of flaws, but there comes a point when you have to let go and say ‘enough I’m going to publish’.

    I’m lucky with the technical side of getting it up on Amazon – my husband does that for me. He did the cover too. πŸ™‚

    Best of luck with your release, I’ll try and pop over to your site on the day and comment etc.

    • Thanks, Elaine! I like picking at the technical stuff myself, though sometimes, I think it might be better to outsource it. Too much of a perfectionist to let someone else do it, though, lol.

  2. I’m SO the same way. I pump stuff out right before a deadline–I seem to perform so much better under stress instead of just managing my time. I need to work on that. Still, it’s better than not getting it done. Hope it all turned out well for you. I’m clearly WAY late getting around to say HI and spread ROW80 blog love.

    • Late love is still love! πŸ™‚ I think I just need that fire under me that a deadline provides to really pull things home. I’ve decided to just live with it. If it works, it works, right?

      Thanks for stopping by, Tia!

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