Living In The Future

On the one hand, I could make this blog post about how I was getting on the T the other day (Boston’s subway system) and saw a LCD screen displaying the warning that hoverboards are not allowed on the MBTA, which I take to be proof positive that we are, in fact, living in the future (no matter how lame that future has turned out to be). I’m not, though. I’m here to talk about what it’s like writing while stuff you’ve written is being published. Because it’s weird.

Did you know I have a novel coming out tomorrow? No? Why the hell not? Well, I do – NO GOOD DEED comes out tomorrow in e-book form (sold wherever fine e-books are found). Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a lot of friends and acquaintances come up and express how excited I must be and congratulations and so on. What’s weird, though, is that I’m not thinking all that much about NO GOOD DEED. I mean, yeah, I am excited and I’m very pleased it’s coming out and so on, but my thoughts aren’t on it that much. I’m on to the next book, you see. I’m eyeball deep in the umpteenth draft of my next book, trying to pry my way out of plot problems, trying to breathe life into the characters and so on. When somebody interrupts that internal thought stream to talk about NO GOOD DEED I’m forced to stop and remind myself “oh, right -everybody else is still six months behind me!”

NO GOOD DEED comes out tomorrow? Great Scott, Marty!

NO GOOD DEED comes out tomorrow? Great Scott, Marty!

Writing and publishing stuff steadily means there is no time for your to rest on your laurels. You’ve got to keep going, keep writing, keep editing, keep submitting – there is no “break,” really. So, while the thing you finished a year ago is just getting a publishing contract now and won’t hit shelves for another six months, you’re still moving. You kinda have to push what you’ve done out of your head for the stuff you’re doing now and the stuff you want to do next. When the things you publish (stories, novels, whatever) do hit print, it’s enormously gratifying, but it’s also a bit like traveling back in time. “Oh yeah,” you think, “I remember this now – that story was pretty cool!”

So, it’s a little weird. There’s the time-lag between you and the audience – they’re behind you, reading the stories you worked so hard to create, and you’re out in front, still creating new ones nobody will see for months. When you hear from them, it’s like a radio message from the past, telling you how you did all that time ago.

And that’s totally awesome, mind you. But it’s still a little weird.


Publicity Notes

The blog tour for NO GOOD DEED gets under way tomorrow – watch this space for updates! The book releases then, so be sure to pick up your copy!

Harper Collins

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Google

Apple

If you like paperback instead, I’ve received intel indicating the paperback release of the book will be August 9th, 2016.

Also:

  • I’ll be on an episode of Grim Tidings Podcast on this Friday, 6/24. I think.
  • Again, if you’re in the Boston area, consider checking out a reading and lecture on world building I’ll be giving at the Hingham Public Library on June 30th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

That’s all for now! Be talking to you all soon!

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About aahabershaw

Writer, teacher, gaming enthusiast, and storyteller. I write stories, novels, and occasional rants.

Posted on June 20, 2016, in Critiques, Theories, and Random Thoughts, Publicity and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Martin L. Shoemaker

    Futures, plural. The projects proliferate. So there might be multiple projects between the one you’re working on and the ones friends are excited about.

    • Other than an issue of preferred semantics, I’m not certain that correction makes much actual difference.

      • Martin L. Shoemaker

        It deepens the problem for you to keep the projects straight in your head. When you have one on sale now, one in edits, one you’re writing, and one you’re planning, you’ll be completely lost, trying to live in four times at once.

      • Martin L. Shoemaker

        And may you have such problems very soon!

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