May 3, 2010

I just got the news:  Discord’s Apple has a starred review in Publishers Weekly.  (“Brilliantly structured, beautifully written.” !!!!!!!!)  This’ll be my tenth published novel, and my first starred PW review.  This is a huge milestone.  I’m giddy. I need to go celebrate, even if it’s just dancing around to ELO for a few minutes.

In other news… there’s a lot of little news trickling in that I don’t have details for, like a slew of book signings in July, some extra conventions and so on.  So stay tuned, I’ll post when I get details.  Also, I booked my dive trip in Australia — three days on a boat on the outer reef, 11 dives, including 2 night dives.  I’m very, very excited.

For awhile now I’ve been grappling with feeling like I never get anything done.  It’s just hard sometimes seeing progress when I’m working on a book for months, when my to do list is filled with items that never seem to get completely done.  So for the last couple of days, at the end of the day, in an effort to stave off that feeling, I’ve been writing down what I did do.  Everything.  Like laundry, like finishing the skein of experimental yard I spun, cleaning the bathrooms, posting on blogs, responding to e-mail, taking a long walk with the dog, boxing up the CD’s I ripped to iTunes already, reconciling my checkbook, cooking a nice dinner, going to an SCA event, and so on.  That’s some of the stuff I did this weekend — very productive, really!  The problem is, I didn’t do very much writing.  (700 words and some outlining that needed to be done.)  And when I don’t write, it feels like I didn’t do anything.

I may keep up with this listing everything I did thing, because it seems to help me feel better.