Writing projects occupy much of my brain these days. That’s hardly surprising, what with:
- Three already written YA novels awaiting edits;
- One non-fiction work half-written; and
- Another non-fiction work just begun.
And that’s only my current projects! I’m happy to be beta reading for a few dear writer friends right now. As for my projects already completed? Three will be half off on Smashwords, which offers ebooks in roughly a dozen formats, 7/1/12-7/15/12.
If you’re interested in checking any of these books out while they’re half off, click the title(s) below, add the book(s) to your cart, and enter the discount code SSW50. Here are the links:
- The Monster’s Daughter ($2 on sale)
- One Time, One Thing: Letters from Japan ($1 on sale)
- A Season in Korea: Letters from South Korea ($1 on sale)
After two more rounds of copy editing, one of which was (pleasingly!) a little more content than copy, TMD’s first edition will soon be replaced by a more sparkly second edition. FYI, that’s not Edward-style “sparkly.” You’ll find none of that in any edition of any book involving Ginny!
The second edition will be printed on cream paper. Digitally, it’s already formatted for Smashwords and was uploaded this morning. It was roughly 1,458,892,058th in queue for uploading at 6 a.m. I imagine a few digits have been knocked off of that since! I’ll update my TMD page to include that link after it’s available. A few weeks after that, it’ll be available on the iStore and elsewhere.
On a totally unrelated note, I feel really good this morning. Up until I paid off my car last Monday, I’ve been prone to vegan fails. (Mmmm, cheese.) Those vegan fails left my mouth satisfied but my conscience very much dissatisfied.
When I paid off my car, I decided that was a perfect opportunity to live in better accord with my convictions. That payoff, after all, was made possible by my mom’s final gift to me. Her life was rough. Her choices made me able to take a much smoother path. Given all the choices I have, I feel like it’s important to honor my mom by making–not just contemplating–the right choices for me. This means eating vegan unless there’s an absolutely compelling reason (such as imminent death) for my doing otherwise.
It feels really freakin’ good. My body feels good. My heart feels good. This was the right choice, absolutely, and I’m glad I now have the conviction to see it through.
I’m not preaching veganism here, although it’s true I do feel healthier when I’m eating vegan. I’m just saying it feels really good to live in accord with my beliefs. Who’d have thought instant gratification could be so fleeting by comparison to this more lasting gratification? Since I tend to be slow on the uptake, I’m guessing you beat me to the punch on this one, probably by a decade or two.
Was there a moment or an encounter that helped you to understand that instant gratification is as fleeting as it is instantaneous? If so, I’d love to hear about it! If you’re still struggling, I’d love to hear about that, too, either in comment or via email.
A Season in Korea and One Time, One Thing are both free on Smashwords through March 12, 2011. Many other titles–fiction and non-fiction alike–are also free or heavily discounted during this period. Smashwords has loads of different options for reading, even without an e-reader, so I’d recommend giving it a look no matter what your reading tastes are!
Speaking of reading, my friend Sarah needs to stop recommending such riveting YA books. The urge to devour them all, pronto, is making it hard for me to engage in non-reading activities. Like typing, which I’ve done quite enough of for this morning. I have more Will Grayson, Will Grayson to read!