Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Taking stock, and it's looking good!

Are you guys partied out? You better not be, the big one is coming this weekend and I want to hear your wild party tales. :) I’ve been surfing around the blogs I visit and people seem to be doing their new year resolutions already. I’m not quite ready for that, but I have been taking stock of where I'm at, workwise, mostly because I did my newsletter on Christmas Eve. I hadn’t done one in a while, so it was a chance to look back over two+ months, and ahead to what is coming next.

2007 is looking good for more of my work making it into publication. This is (and always will be) somewhat of a miracle to my mind. I’m still shocked and amazed when I get a “yes” from an editor, and I never take anything for granted. When I took stock for my newsletter I realised that in the first six months of next year I have two fantasy novels, two erotic romance novellas, and a half a dozen short stories being published. No one is more surprised than me, believe me! It’s been a busy time. A couple of these were written pre 2006, but most were done over the course of last year. I think, as a writer, I get so focused on how much I’m getting done on a daily basis (or not getting done ;) it’s very easy for me to take a negative view of achievement, especially as I work alone so much. The eternal “am I doing enough?” question is a tough one, for a writer. On that note, I'm pleased and proud to announce I did no writing on Christmas day whatsoever. Ha… I was told (in no uncertain terms) not to. But I was on duty over at the Between the covers blog, so the laptop did go on, I confess. I’ve kept the writing ticking over at a low level, otherwise, because it took me most of December to get up to speed after a difficult month in November. I didn't want to lose that momentum again.

Shanna Germain recently posted this great quote on that very topic after hearing Stephen King speak:

Although don't let me fool you too much with my "non-work" talk. I recently saw Stephen King speak, and he told that story about how he writes every day except Christmas and his birthday. But then he added, "Actually, I just say that so I don't sound too wierd. I write every single day."

I love it! In other news, Sasha White and I are thrilled to have our first review in for KINK, our joint anthology due out in just a few weeks. Here’s what the Romantic Times reviewer had to say:

This is a hot, hot, hot duo of erotic romances. Walker shows a talent for dialogue that is impressive, and her gift for zany storytelling shines through. White's talent lies in her descriptive storytelling. While both novellas contain well-drawn characters, the plots are hard to believe at times. Both stories are good enough to keep readers interested, and the sex scenes are very well-written, as long as you can stand the heat. Anyone looking for a truly spicy read won't regret picking up this book.

Whoop! Can YOU stand the heat?? :) If you’d like to check out our excerpts, click HERE for Sasha's novella, and HERE for mine! Have fun!


Anonymous said...

I for one cannot wait for KINK, and I am finding myself needing a better paying job so I can continue buying your works and others.. They are so darn good, and it's my dark chocolate. I confess...

Saskia, your achievements are wonderful. For me it is always thrilling to see those that went for their dreams and saw them come to life. How WONDERFUL and cool that is! I agree with the person that coerced you into taking a break if even for a day.... Your readers will still be here waiting...Regroup, Refresh..... At any rate- I am thrilled thrilled thrilled for the arrival of Kink!

PS... you all must make tshirts and things like that. Would love to start a chapter here for an Erotica Readers Network!

love you,

Jordan Summers said...

I think it's important to take stock in the year. I recently did that when I was feeling underwhelmed by my progress. It helps a lot. I haven't made resolutions yet. Not sure I'm going to either. *g* Congrats on the review and the upcoming releases. :)

Saskia Walker said...

Callie - you make me smile! Thanks so much for your support. i hope my writing will be your dark chocolate for a long time ;) I'm so excited about KINK coming out, this couple are very very naughty indeed. hehehe ;)

Thanks Jordan! If we were in regular jobs we'd have that stock taking as a constant. it's so different. Something else I do is keep a year wall chart for scheduling my time, but I have to remind myself to look back over it, and not just plan forward. ;)

Cynthia Eden said...

You are such a busy woman! Congratulations on all that you've accomplished and all that you will accomplish in the coming year.

And by the way, I love the Stephen King quote!

Take care!