Tuesday, December 6, 2011

So Many Words, So Little Time Left

"This year's runaway stocking stuffer...The Mayan Calender."

A very dear friend of mine reminded me just this morning that if the Mayan calender is indeed correct, we've only got about 12 more months on this planet before the whole thing goes Kaboom on December 21, 2012!!!

What this does NOT mean is that I will stop paying my bills.
It does not mean I will stop getting haircuts, or hitting the gym, or jogging my 3-5 miles everyday. It doesn't mean I will cease paying my taxes (although I do so while grinding my teeth), and it doesn't mean that I will stop stopping smoking or take up cocaine, fun as it all sounds.

What it does mean however, is that I am writing like a fiend again. My normal daily output when writing a new novel is five new pages per day. But lately that daily quota has risen to close to ten. In a word, I'm writing like it's the end of the world.

There are other things at play. Like my colleagues at Thomas & Mercer, Scott Nicholson, Lee Goldberg, and Barry Eisler have all astutely pointed out in their popular blogs, 2011 has been a "Golden Age" for writers and digital publication. I've sold hundreds of thousands of e-book editions of my books this past year and now with my new 7 book deal at Amazon, I expect to double those sales next year due to their "matrix" marketing system. Yes, Keanu, I took the red pill.

In the meantime, I want to write books. Not push them.
I no longer feel the pressure to constantly be barking up the social media tree in order to move a few books. I feel like social media has become more a place to say hello to friends and that's the way it should be. Yeah, sure, I'm still gonna taut my books, but the pressure isn't quite what it used to be when I was out there publishing with an indie house all by my lonesome.

Remember a little more than ten years ago when we were all listening to "We're gonna party like it's 1999?" and we were peeing our pants in anticipation of a global computer crash? Well, this year I'm going to write like its December 20, 2012...And if the Mayan calender ends up being wrong, I will have a whole new batch of novels to unleash on the world.



  1. Write like it's the then of the world huh? I have been writing like that. Hummmm after all my years of being into archaeology it is my feeling that the mayan calender is way off, or rather our interpretations of it is, but I will spare you my lecture on modern archaeology...Fantastic post

  2. Oh well, I am not really into the Mayan calendar either cause didn't their civilization already had an apocalypse?

    But as for writing, I need to get back into my writing groove after Nanowrimo. I really enjoyed the time spent there. However, I was racing. I need to find a more comfortable pace.

    Good luck with your writing. And as always I look forwards to your books.


  3. Yah, I'm not sure what's going on with me...lots of changes...I feel the need to write like a bastard...That's all I know..:)

  4. Writing like a bastard is good. It can give a great attitude or tone to a piece of work. Bastard it up, Vince.