megwrites: Reading girl by Renoir.  (Default)
Well, it's been ten weeks from the first posting to this, but all thirty chapters of [personal profile] cityofthehand are up and available to read. You can now go from beginning to end!

The final ebook file (which I hope to have in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats, gods willing and laptop don't fry) should be up and ready for downloading on 1-July. If not, it may be after the 4th before I get it done. But rest assured, if you were waiting for the final ebook file, it's coming.

Seeing as how part of my incentive to reward any who tipped/donated was to give them the full ebook early, I'm now changing that. If you put in for the tip jar, you can either get named thank you on my tumblr, twitter, or DW/LJ sites or you can have me link/signal boost to any site or person or thing you think deserves it.

If you tip in $25 or more, then you can get those things listed above *and* a short story, poem, essay, etc.

I'm actually kind of a little emotional here. I guess these ten weeks have been something I looked forward to. Because every week I had at least one thing I had to get accomplished, and seeing more and more people either friend the various journals where I posted the novel or send me a nice note or two or even put into the tip jar gave me badly needed boosts when I was feeling down.

As I said last week, money is still tight around here and Girlie!Dog had to go and need some medicine this week. Gah, silly dog, not wanting to get contagious diseases or heartworms or ticks. Such a princess this one. Geez. *sarcastic eye roll*.

I'm a bit shy about asking, but if anyone had any thoughts about putting into the tip jar - even if it's just a dollar or two - now would be a REALLY GREAT TIME to do that and I could sure use it.

And if you can't or don't feel like it (fair enough!), dropping a note to say how you liked the book or recommending it to a friend you think might enjoy it is also something that would really be awesome. Feedback - criticisms, critiques, praise, or just "hey, cool book" - is always welcome with me.

Better yet, I know better than to argue with reviews, so feel free to review it as honestly as possible!
megwrites: Reading girl by Renoir.  (Default)
I've decided to set an even more impossible goal for myself.

Not only do I want to do a thorough reviewing and rundown of the best books I've read this year, which is actually a lot because I stepped up my reading, but I've decided it's time to put up or shut up as far as the novel goes.

By hook or by crook, the revisions on the Tower!Guy novel will be finished by the end of this year, because come 2009, I am submitting this to someone. It may be later in January, depending on how the research for agents pans out.

But this is it. I'm going to polish the sweet holy hannah outta this turd (hey, Mythbusters proved that you could!) of a novel and ship it off. I'm tired of not making progress. I'm tired of holding back. When these revisions are done, the novel will be the absolute best I can make it.

Yeah, I know the market sucks. Publishers aren't buying. Ships are sinking. The world is ending. Well, the world is always ending according to someone. There's always a ready excuse not to jump in the fray and do your best if you want to find one.

As my fifth grade teacher said, "Any excuse is a good excuse as long as it fits the giver."

If I try to wait out the current economic situation, I might be holding onto this thing until I'm thirty. And that's a long damn time from now (five years and change). Besides, it's not like books have ended. People are still going to be reading them, thus publishers will be publishing them.

I came to chew bubblegum and write, and we just ran all the hell outta bubblegum.
megwrites: Reading girl by Renoir.  (Default)
A classic question about writing and publishing asked by [ profile] arcaedia had me thinking.

The question, of course, is the age old: if you knew for certain that you'd never get a publishing contract ever, would you continue to write?

For me, the answer is definitely yes. Writing is part of my inner self, one that I've had since I learned to write and one that I wouldn't be able to give up.

However, I would make significant changes to things I do. I think, in a way, knowing I'd never get published would free me.

My answer to the question. Cut in case you don't feel like reading my oh-so-interesting navel gazing and what not. )

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