Saturday, June 4, 2011
Cleaning out brain clutter
So I've had that feeling lately, like everything I write is musty and comes out smelling like it's been in the attic with mothballs for decades. This is what happens when I rewrite for too long and haven't freewritten enough lately.
As you can no doubt tell by the state of this blog, I've been pouring a ton of time and energy into my jewelry business. This is the slow season for me, so I'm working on improving my SEO (search engine optimization) and building up stock and all that, for this theoretical time when buyers come a-flocking.
For the past week, I assumed that's why my writing was going so slow, but now I've got that unmistakeable itch. I finished the rewrite of my last short story, now it's time to launch into something else crazy and interesting (and we'll see if it's marketable.)
I'm also keeping my head down while the publishing industry goes through a major upheaval. One of my Clarion West classmates has even decided to go indie by electronically self publishing. Self publishing used to be death to any potential career, but now if it's approached the right way, it doesn't have to be. A few people have made their careers that way, and others have augmented their earnings, even if their sales are lower. They keep a higher percentage.
Will I ever consider going indie? I'm mulling over the idea of sacrificing my E.M. Tippetts moniker to this new way of doing things, but I'll have to keep thinking on it.
My Clarion West classmate is Susan Ee, and her book is Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1).