Well, I had hoped to have good news — and may have good news in the not too distant future — but.
I mentioned that a miscommunication meant that my deadline had been shortened, and spent all of February pushing to write more words than I normally write. Towards the end of February, my brain … ran out of good words, and so I had garbage words and had to go back and uproot and revise while looking at looming deadline approaching like – as I mentioned – a train, while I was on the tracks.
It’s why I can’t generally write faster. I can do it for desperate, emergencies, but I can’t continue at that pace because I run out of good words, and I have to then take time away from writing for that well to refill — so on balance, I… don’t actually write as many new words overall.
I mentioned, to my new editor, that I was really pushing toward the deadline, and also the reason why I was … almost late, and in such a frenzy.
And she walked over to the marketing and sales and … just asked if it was possible to push that deadline back so that I could, at the last minute, have more time. I wasn’t expecting this at all.
But… after the initial shock, I thought about it carefully, and I said: god, yes, please.
This will also give me time to actually write the proposals for future Elantra/Cast books, because Cast in Eternity is the final book I have under contract, and given the shake-up in editorial staff, things that might have been in progress were heavily slowed down.
I couldn’t actually afford to take the time to write those necessary proposals, because it was those — which are totally necessary — or finishing the book. But I’d already lost time because I had to uproot one and a half chapters and revise, and was sort of writer-hyperventilating.
So… I accepted that offer with overwhelming gratitude. The book has gone from a late September publication date to a late November publication date, and one of my readers posted here to ask if everything was okay. And I realized that any of you who’ve preordered the book on Amazon or B&N (and thank you so much for that!) will now be getting notifications that the book has been delayed.
I’m really, really sorry T_T.
I’m about 15k words off the end of the book — it’s almost finished. But if I have a bit more time, I can finish it with far less terror than I felt in February, when March was looming and the book wasn’t finished, and and and.
So: I am actually not working on the new Cast words today. I am writing a blog post, and I am writing the brief synopses for future novels so that they can be proposed to the editorial board at Mira. (For the record, the synopses are short. But it’s like writing back cover copy; a few hundred words can take me all day — or two — to write >.<).
As for the West novels, writing slowed in February because, well, emergency. But I am now able to work at my usual writing cadence going forward, which is also a relief.
(Also: I missed my week after publication spoiler thread for Sword and Shadow, so that will go up tomorrow, sorry >.<).