What Stace had to say on Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
…and still more stuff!

Well! Last night (or actually early this morning) I sent Frauke at Croco Designs, the lady who designed this fabulous site and still does the more complicated updates for me (which is most of them, frankly), a very very long list of updates. Included in those are a bunch of interview links, and bunch of guest blog links (mostly about different aspects of the Downside books), some new sidebar links, the Downside playlists with buy links, and a bunch of other stuff. I also sent her a separate file with four or five deleted scenes from UNHOLY MAGIC, with commentary explaining why they were deleted. I don’t actually have any deleted scenes for UNHOLY GHOSTS, to be honest, but there are a few for CITY OF GHOSTS as well, and those will go up a couple of weeks after that book’s release. Which is Tuesday! Ack!

(One thing about the deleted scenes that I think will be really fun: I wrote a scene for UM that ended up getting cut. But I really really liked the scene, so I rewrote a little bit of it–the intro part, basically–and stuck it in CITY OF GHOSTS. But as I edited CoG, I decided the scene still didn’t work as written, so I rewrote it again, extensively this time. So there will be a few versions of that scene, and you’ll be able to compare them all, if you’re the type of person who enjoys stuff like that.)

So look for all of that soon. I’m really excited about it.

Another thing I’m quite excited about is the fact that my blog series “Be a Sex-writing Strumpet,” with which I know some of you are familiar, is now available on Kindle! So you can buy a paperback from Lulu, or an ebook from Lulu, or a Kindle version from Amazon. And of course, as always, the series is free here on the blog; just click the “be a sex-writing strumpet” tag in the sidebar.

I offer the series as an actual book because I had a lot of requests to do so, and I charge for it in those formats because people convinced me to do so by saying they wanted to pay me something for it, but you absolutely do not have to buy the book to read and enjoy the series. You don’t and you never will have to. I wrote it as a blog series, and it will remain a blog series. The book formats are just there to make it easier for people if they like, and so they don’t have to keep clicking all over my blog if they want to read it. I still get website hits for that series almost every day, which just stuns me; if you type “be a se” into google the second auto-finish term it offers is “be a sex-writing strumpet.” It’s just insane, it really is. I never imagined when I wrote it that people would enjoy it so much and find it so useful, and that’s amazingly gratifying. Also, having it on Amazon offers people a chance to write a review for it, which would be fantastic; it’d be really cool to see some feedback on it after all this time! And of course you could all review all of my books if you want, heh.

Also exciting to me is the Name a Character Contest! I’m thrilled at how enthusiastic you all are! Thank you so much! I did want to let you know that I am checking the #cityofghosts tag on Twitter regularly, and keeping track of the entries there, as well as the emails and blog post links I’m getting. If at any time you want to double-check the number of entries you have, feel free to email either the Downside Army email address or me, or use the contact form here on the site (which of course also comes to me). Make sure you include your Twitter name, if you have one, or whatever other information I might need to identify you.

Tomorrow evening sometime I plan to post a new snippety excerpt from CITY OF GHOSTS, so be on the lookout for that!

I know I say this a lot, and you guys are probably tired of hearing it, but I really honestly am amazed by how enthusiastic the response has been to the series. I never expected it, I really didn’t, and it’s absolutely amazing. I can’t thank you all enough.

So let’s see, what else? I’m going to be popping down to the RWA convention in Orlando next week for a couple of days. I know, I know, it’s RWA, but I’m not actually registering/paying for the convention, I’m just hanging out in the bar, really. I’d decided–and basically committed to–doing so when it was supposed to be in Nashville, which is only like two hours away. Of course, tragic floods intervened, and now it’s in Orlando which is considerably farther, but like I said, I’d already committed. And it’s not a bad drive. I like driving by myself. I mean, I like to drive, period, but I especially like driving by myself. I can turn the music up loud and sing along, I can flip through the radio stations all I want, stop or don’t stop as I please…whee! I’m almost more excited about the drive than the con itself, much like I was when I drove to Massachusetts to see Caitlin before we went to RT. Of course, I was excited about the convention, but that really was an awfully fun drive.

Anyway, I think this post is unfortunately a bit dull. Too much news and stuff to keep track of. I’ll try to be more fun again shortly. For now my head is so full of nervousness (over CoG’s release; what if you all hate it? What if nobody buys it?), projects I’m working on (loosely mentally plotting the 4th Downside book, and lots of stuff for the new WIP/series I’m working on), netbooks (hee, I am totally getting one asap!), our trip to Florida to see my BFF next month–we’ll be there for my birthday–and of course the usual family things. So forgive me, please. I’ll be more interesting next time. Anything you want me to blog about? Feel free to ask!

Oh! And speaking of questions, I wanted to let everyone know that this Saturday the 24th at three pm, I’ll be participating in Twitter’s first #UFChat! You can find a bit more info about it here. Either way, come and hang out, follow the hash tag, and please ask any questions you want, as many as you want! I’m hoping it’s going to be a lot of fun (and, you know, that people actually participate).

6 comments to “…and still more stuff!”

  1. Allie
    · July 22nd, 2010 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Snippet – yay! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Deleted scenes – yay! ๐Ÿ˜›

    5 days to go until release – ugh! :sad:

    Is it the 27th yet?

    • Stace
      · July 22nd, 2010 at 9:14 pm · Link

      Lol. You know, part of me wishes the 27th would never get here? Because that’s the release date of the third book (as you know) and once that one is out…it’s over, at least for a while. You know? It makes me a little sad. This summer has been so much fun.

      Of course, I’m totally excited about you guys getting to read the third one, and hope you love it, but it’s a wee bit bittersweet for me, because I want to have more books out every month! :)

      • Allie
        · July 23rd, 2010 at 11:47 am · Link

        WE want you to have books out every month ๐Ÿ˜‰

        You might not be still releasing the books (until next year) but the word is spreading – they’re still new releases to someone who hasn’t read them yet :mrgreen:

  2. Moonsanity (Brenda)
    · July 22nd, 2010 at 4:41 pm · Link

    This has not been dull at all– no dullness involved! Funny you mentioned the Strumpet ebook–I’m at a point in my WIP where I have to make two decisions: 1. Do I kill the bad guy in a gruesome death OR just teach him a lesson. 2. Does the couple have sex or just build up to it before the story ends. I have never written a sex scene. Hmmmm… so I chant all day “Do I, or don’t I?”

    Have fun at the convention– hanging out at the bar will be fun and won’t cost the $400 bucks going to the entire convention costs. Ouch. That’s a lot.

    • Stace
      · July 22nd, 2010 at 9:19 pm · Link

      Well, I’m all for gruesome deaths and sex scenes, so I’m not the most objective person in the world to ask. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But if you’re going to do a second book with them, it depends on what the pacing of the rest of the series is like. In the Demons books Megan & Greyson got together in the first book, so the rest of the series had to deal with them as a couple (which I enjoyed). In the Downside books I deal with Chess & Lex as a sort-of couple, and her feelings for Terrible which may never come to anything or might not for a long time. So it really depends on what sorts of stories you have planned for later.

      And yeah, I think it’ll be a lot of fun!

  3. Shiloh Walker
    · July 23rd, 2010 at 7:15 am · Link

    Damn straight you committed… you’re hitting a party with me, remember?


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