Newsletter December 2008
Well, I wrote diligently this month, but I was unable to overcome my late start and my chronic fatigue brought on by baby. Actually I can't blame her. I made the conscious decision to leave my computer and go play with her instead of sitting there doing marathon word sessions. I wrote pretty much every day, and the story is flowing well. The only things holding me back were time and energy.
Anyhoo, I now have about 40,000 words on Legacy Engineer (a story about an intrepid robot repair guy in the future), and I'm going strong. Now I have to keep up the momentum, finish the story, and then get to editing. Actually my plan is to alternate between Legacy Engineer and Journey to the East.
I'm still waiting on my author's copy of Voices, but I have gotten paid! I'm officially a pro! The very exciting news is that it looks like Voices will be distributed here in the States, so maybe I'll see it on shelves at the local bookstore! In order to encourage that sort of thing, I plan to take my copy around to the aforementioned local bookstores and spread the word. What local store wouldn't want to carry copies of a book featuring a local writer? I'll even offer to sign them.
In other artistic endeavors, I've completed this year's calendar. In case you aren't on the A-list, each year I make a calendar featuring an exotic location that I visited that year (or so). I've been doing it for, what, 5 or 6 years now. I'm no great photographer, but I have fun, and it allows me to inflict my art on my friends. If you want to see the photos from this and past year's calendars, check out my gallery: http://toddcedwards.com/photo/
I have made them available via lulu.com, but I've heard mixed results about the print quality, so I'm hesitant. What the hell, if they suck, just send them back. And if you really love any of the images, let me know and I can send you the original file. Here is my store front: http://www.lulu.com/todde
If you know of a better calendar printing site, let me know.
This month was light on reading, since I was in writing mode, but I did reread Brave New World. It is certainly interesting, but it feels a bit dated. On the scary side, a lot of his predictions/warnings seem to be coming to pass/relevant. For lighter reading, I recommend How Big is a Pig?