This is probably going to sound repetitive, but I had another nice, quiet day yesterday. Other than a little work in the flower garden I took it easy, did a little of my drawing class, and wrote 7 more pages on the new novel. The end is still a little way off, but I can see it now, which is both good and bad. It’s good, because I have a map to follow, even if it’s only in my head. It’s bad because I know basically how the story ends. Now I have to force myself to focus on writing it rather than moving on to the next story since this one feels done. Maintaining the balance between the two feelings is tricky, but it happens at the end of every novel so I don’t worry about it anymore.
One quick update today, the paperback version of The Hidden Tower has now linked with the ebook version so you can find them both on the same page.
So last night I started a collection of stories by Clark Ashton Smith. He wrote mostly dark fantasy in the 1930s and 40s. He was a contemporary of two other amazing fantasy authors, H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Not bad company for a fantasy author to keep. Anyway, the first story is very good, but wordy and atmospheric in the way stories of that period tended to be. Part of it was just his style, but another part was money. This was the pulp era and these guys all got paid by the word. Some of them became millionaires at a penny a word. I think it was Earle Stanley Gardner who said you didn’t end a gun fight until the hero was down to his last bullet. Not when every shot is money in the bank.
Another interesting thing about this era was the writers focused almost entirely on short stories and novelettes for magazine publication. That is totally different from today where indy authors like me focus almost entirely on novels.
We end, as usual, with a preorder update. The Great Northern Way is up to 252 preorders. I’ve also been selling a few copies direct every day, which is nice. So thank you everyone for your continued support. It means the world to me.
Talk to you tomorrow.