Wednesday, August 22, 2012

An Apology with a lot of Excuses

I have a confession to make. I've been a really terrible slacker. For a good portion of this year, I was not writing. During the spring, I signed up for two classes which really sucked up the time and burnt me out. One was a graphic design class and the other was an eBook class. Both were good classes to take, but they didn't require me to write. I let my writing slide while taking them, and when summer came, I goofed off even more. I tried to set a schedule for myself. I began taking off every Monday with the intention of writing, but I continued to goof off. I tried to tell myself to write something everyday, and then didn't bother. I enjoyed my free time. Have you ever played an old computer game called Majesty? If you want to be productive, don't get it, even if it is only a dollar on Amazon. It will steal hours of your life.

So if anyone was watching those writing progress bars on the sidebar, you may have noticed that they weren't moving, or maybe the misspelling of sequel distracted you. I have been updating them recently. I'm trying to write a thousand words a day with Saturday being a catch-up day. I've been going back and forth between Long Dead and Dragon Prey. When I stall out on one, I go to the other, and I seem to be able to stay productive.

This year I'd set a New Year's Eve resolution to publish two books. I don't know if that will happen, but I fully intend to have two books written and then some by the time Dec. 31st rolls around again. I don't know how editing will go. I'm scared it is going to be more heinous than usual. I've really had to force out the text some days to get 1000 words.

I know many people are eager to read the next book in the Scary Mary series or Dragon Prey, the sequel to Unicorn Bait, but I'm afraid everyone will just have to wait four-five-six-more months. I'm very sorry. I'm no Amanda Hocking. I can't write gazillion word books in a weekend. I'm really pushing to do the 1000 words a day. I'm hoping to have both books written by Nov. 1st because I want to participate in Nanowrimo. (Yes, I know I'm pushing to finish two books so I can feverishly write another book in a month.) Editing those two books during November isn't very doable under those conditions which leaves December which is a crazy month as well. So...publishing this year appears questionable to understate it. I'm really sorry for the delay. I really hope you're still interested when I do finally publish Long Dead and Dragon Prey.

23 comments :

Michele Smith -Rosell said...

I enjoy your stories just as much as Amanda Hocking's stories, so I will wait, when the time is right you will start writing, because you cannot force creativity, the story will flow when it is time. Relax , and enjoy your time in between projects !!

S.A. Hunter said...

You're a bad slave driver. You don't even have a whip! No, really thanks for the understading. I am writing again and the more I make myself sit down to write, the easier it gets. I've been doing the 1000 words a day for three weeks now and it has really helped get me back in gear.

Anonymous said...

Gonna wait for the book no matter how long. Love the Mary books.

S.A. Hunter said...

Aw! Thanks, Anon. I appreciate it.

lauren said...

i love your scary Mary book and i am going to wait as long as it takes for you to bring out the next one as there is no hurry! i will buy it as soon as it come out on the kindle!

S.A. Hunter said...

Lauren,


Thank you so much for understanding. I tell you even though I'm not taking any classes or have any kids, the beginning of the school year is kicking my butt. (I work in a university library.) That 1000 words a day challenge is becoming more and more daunting. I'm beginning to get quite discouraged. But I will persevere! The stories will get written. I just won't sleep that's all. Who needs it? :-)

Anonymous said...

All three books were awesome but there was something about Uniorn Bait that got me to want to read it multiple times. Its a little like a favorite pair of pj's. So I, like the rest of your fans, will semi-patiently wait for your next book. Thanks for sharing your imagination with us!

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Anon,

Thanks so much for the understanding and what you said about Unicorn Bait was really sweet. I'm sorry you had to wait for this reply. I just don't seem to have it together for some reason. It'll be a miracle if something is published this year. My only hope is to at least get something written. Editing may have to wait until the new year.

Rachel said...

I've just read scary Mary and stalking shadows in 2 days love them. I'm looking forward to what happens with Mary and Kyle. Who would have predicted. Anyway happy writing and I can't wait to read what you come up with :-)

S.A. Hunter said...

Thank you, Rachel!

S.A. Hunter said...

I've changed how comments post from an embedded form to a full page display thing by blogger. I'm having trouble posting as myself. I don't know why, especially as I'm using Chrome so should play nice with Blogger. I don't know if anyone else was having issues too. Or if it matters to anyone.

Anonymous said...

I will gladly wait for the Unicorn Bait sequel. I seriously read your story 10x and I will pay for it too. You have some great talent! Keep up the good work!

S.A. Hunter said...

Thank you, Anon!

Chuck in Michigan said...

You appear to be very creative. I don't understand. Why for free

Kinda strange (no offense)

I am reading a second book of yours.

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Chuck,

Going free does seem like a dumb business move, but many self-published authors have found that offering the first eBook in a series free generates more sales for future books than any advertising could accomplish. I don't have any name recognition and I do no advertising. The only way I'm selling at all is due to the interest generated by having a book free. And I'm so glad you liked Scary Mary. Hope you enjoy Stalking Shadows as well.

Thanks!

KaraC said...

Just finished both Scary Mary books this past night. Loved them both. I am a master at the writing procrastination, the words never seem to come to me fluently or fluidly until the last minute deadline approaches. Sometimes I have to force a fake deadline onto myself so that I can *attempt* to meet it, but it doesn't always work! You will get it done when you get it done, don't force yourself if you aren't feeling it, the story won't come out as you want it and you will end up re-writing endlessly. Good Luck!

S.A. Hunter said...

KaraC,

Thanks for the understanding. I'm going to go into writer's boot camp, AKA NaNoWriMo to get some writing done. Sometimes self-induced insanity is just the cure for writer's block. But I am worried that I'll end up having to do heavy edits, but better to have something written than nothing at this point.

Chuck in Michigan said...

I imagine it can be hard to be a writer such as yourself. A student can study for a test. Writers must rely on almost pure imagination to provide answers in their works they create.

S.A. Hunter said...

Hi Chuck,

The thing is, I'm supposed to be able to make the rules up as I go along. Sometimes complete freedom can scare you stiff. Also, I do try to stay on nodding relations with reality so as crazy as stuff gets I want the people to be somewhat believable. It's silly the things I belly ache about. Right now Long Dead is stalled on a date between Kyle and Mary. They're bowling or at least supposed to be bowling, but the prose isn't moving. I think I may have picked the wrong activity for them but can't think of something else. They've already gone to the movies. Gaw, maybe I'm too old to be writing about teenagers anymore. That's just frightening.

Chuck in Michigan said...

Mary in a morgue hearing all the dead in there.
Why not a museum. Teenagers still go to those for school trips do they not?

Chuck in Michigan said...

Suggestions in a blog have no copyrights what so ever you know. I offer my suggestions freely.

S.A. Hunter said...

Thanks, Chuck.

A school trip could be the beginning of a good plot. I'll definitely have to keep that in mind.

Anonymous said...

I'm very sure your readers are patient people, and it has to take more than a weekend to write a master piece, as long as I get a juicy book to sink my teeth into (figuratively of course) eventually, I'm cool :)))

An eager reader, Kelly