In answer to the most Frequently Asked Question re: yesterday’s post – I’ll probably run the contest through the end of the week, at least. Most likely, I’ll start randomly picking winners and/or launching into shipping on the sixth of next month.
To answer the second most Frequently Asked Question – sure, international applicants are fair game. I won’t disqualify you for being a long way away.
But on a related side note, fully 1/3 of the people who’ve entered the drawing thus far have great faith in my psychic abilities, it would seem; and initially, I would poke these lovely souls with a *hint hint hint* to remind them that I don’t magically know where they live.
But I give up on that.
If you do not include a snail mail address, I cannot send you snail mail goodies.
I love you guys, but I’m too busy to police this thing with hand-holding for a week – so if you can’t follow directions, you can’t be in the running. Sorry.
Warning: Quotation marks ahead.
In other news, yes, I know I’ve been “distant” lately. When it comes to the internet, I’ve been forced to institute a policy of “log off, and stay off” during my “office hours.” (My “office hours” are “however long it takes me to get all my work done.”) And lately, I’ve had a positively epic amount of work – much of it pertinent to my day-job.
Never mind that the deadline for Inexplicables looms around the corner, and I still have perhaps 20,000 words left to write on that bad-boy. So…yes. I’m spending a lot more time offline than usual.
Besides, I’ve actually been pretty sick. Long story short – I got nabbed by a couple of pretty serious spider bites, and I have a bit of an allergy. I very nearly went to the hospital to see about some cortisone shots; but my fever never went anywhere, I never showed any signs of blood poisoning … and after four or five days, the swelling finally went down and the oozing finally stopped.
I dragged myself out of the house last night for a friend’s birthday shindig, but other than that, I’ve been a huge homebody for the last week – as a matter of necessity. Not much to blog about, I’m afraid. Just restless sleep, antihistamines and hydrocortisones, itchy bandages, and work.
My apologies for being so damn boring.
Here’s today’s progress on my fifth Clockwork Century novel – a book about teenage juvenile delinquents, hypothetical ghosts, and gangland mayhem within the walled city of Seattle … now with Bonus! zombie Sasquatch and the return of everyone’s favorite elderly cross-dressing Native American princess:
Deadline: September 15, 2011
New words written: 2975 (pretty good)
Present total word count: 99,593 words
Things accomplished in real life: Daily run/climb + yoga; epic ton of day-job work including four rounds of revisions long-distance, wee!; absolutely nothing else.
Other: Note that I have changed the estimated final word count on my widget. It may well run longer. I never finish up drafts as quickly as I expect.
Revenge of Other: Almost 3K for the day isn’t bad, especially considering everything else I’m working around – but this was the first bit of writing I’d done in days. I need to average this every afternoon for the next week to get anywhere near my goal – if I want to revise for a few days before handing in the draft. And believe me, I do.