It sounds like Clementine is starting to arrive in people’s mailboxes, and for that, I do a little happydance. Many thanks to those of you who ordered it; I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. However – apparently this bears repeating – the book is almost sold out. Due to this sell-out, you aren’t seeing it in bookstores.
If you wish to order it from Amazon.com – apparently you can do so at this time, as they DO have a few copies by my most recent information. When the availability status changes to something like “ships within 4-6 weeks,” then you know they’ve run out. So if you see that message, don’t do it. Also, right now, the book’s listing at Subterranean shows that only the limited edition is sold out; there are trade editions yet available.
If you wanted to pick up Clementine but missed the boat, never fear. Next year it will be released in trade paperback.
Random thought of the day: So Anne Rice has re-left the Catholic church. I’m seeing a lot of speculation about it – friendly and otherwise – and I’m not going to contribute to it here. But when I see the “hypocrite just needs her old sales figures” snark, I have to laugh. People, that woman has made her money. Leave her alone, already.
There’s no dignity in ganging up on a beloved cult figure of yesteryear because she looks like an easy target. It just makes you look like a bully.
Anyway, here’s today’s progress on my Hunley version 4.0 submarine book about Andan Cly and his crew having a damp misadventure in a Texian-occupied New Orleans, plus Bonus! guerrilla warfare, other assorted historic pirates, and an octoroon madam who moonlights as a Union spy.
Deadline: November 1, 2010
New words written: 902
Present total word count: 1708 words
Things accomplished in fiction: Tweaked and re-tweaked my opener. Developed one of my two main protagonists, Josephine Early – a madam who spies for the Union in her spare time. She’s very cool and I can already tell she’s going to be fun to write; but it’s taking me a bit to get a good handle on what she looks like, what she sounds like, and what she thinks like. (This book’s other main POV is the pirate Cly, who you already met in Boneshaker.)
Things accomplished in real life: Not much, frankly. Slept in again (shouldn’t have, but did), straightened the house a bit. Mostly I spent the day on the internet, researching some of the finer points that will help me make Ganymede a better book.
Total Official Word Count of 2010: 127,732 words