Well, here's what I have to say about that:
OF COURSE I'LL BE BORED. IT'S A BORING JOB!
And the job hunt continues.
So, not being able to find a day job means that writing is now my full-time job, which is terrifying for a couple of reasons:
1. My Amazon ranking is so low, I'm pretty sure they had to add on space in their basement in order to accommodate it. It's my fault, I know, because I'm truly terrible at marketing. I still can't bring myself to tell people I even wrote a book, forget trying to convince someone to buy it. (Don't like to read? Effigy makes a great doorstop!)
2. I've been stuck on Second Nature for so long. I think I may have made a mess of it, and I'm no longer convinced I'm smart enough to write the book I set out to write.
So that's the situation. I need to figure out how to better market my book (and really, I should have just left 'better' out of that last sentence), and finish writing the second one. I need to do better; I need to be better. I don't know how, exactly, to accomplish these things, but I have plenty of time to work it out because I can't get a job. (Not that I'm bitter about this at all.)
To help me with the writing side of things, I made the decision to sign up for the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo. I haven't done the summer session before—but the November NaNoWriMo generally gets me motivated to make it past the 50k mark, any way, shape, or form—so I thought this might be worth a try. I need to find a way out of these damn doldrums I've been stuck in ever since I moved here. (Not that I'm being overly dramatic about this at all.)
I did some math the other day (see how screwed up things are right now? I did math. On purpose.) to help me figure out what my Camp NaNo word count goal should be. (In the Camp NaNoWriMo sessions, the word count is flexible.) I worked out that my average chapter word count is nearly 7000 words. I estimated that I have approximately 12 chapters left to write. So when one does this math:
7000 x 12
It comes out to a whoooooooole lot of words. 84,000 of them, to be exact. (Or it might be. I'm the one who did the math, after all.)
Which means that— in addition to never doing math again—I decided to keep the NaNo goal at 50k. Just seemed the thing to do.
Second Nature is just a monster of a novel. (It'll make a better door stop than Effigy when it's done.) And I'm all right with that. Just so long as I can figure out how to write it.
Maybe it's a good thing I can't find a job.
So that's what's going on with me. How are things with you? Anyone else out there headed to Camp NaNoWriMo next month?