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One year ago today...

One year ago today Promises and Lies was released. I remember being so excited, and thinking it was going to be such a well received book.

Then time went by, and it wasn't really. It got a few really great reviews, but readers at Good Reads seemed to pick it apart for the smallest reasons. My fragile writer's ego was bruised. And then I got over it. Recently it picked up another bad rating, this one with a review that said "the author needs to learn how to write." Honestly, this criticism didn't bother me as much as it once would have. But, it did cause me to re-read the book myself.

What I decided is that Promises and Lies is a pretty good book. :-)

I guess my struggle is always going to be my fascination with language, and words. I'm not content to say someone "tries to get out of a situation" when I can say "extricate" instead. One of the things I prize the most when I read new books is if they teach me a new word. (I still remember with fondness learning the word "voluptuary" as I read a King Arthur novel once, I became fascinated with the word, although I've never used it myself.)

I'm not having anything published in 2011, aside from the Halloween Howl story "Depth Perception" and the freebie in the DSP newsletter "The Way They Are". 2012 is already shaping up to be a banner year though with two projects on the horizon. "Blue Moon" (which I suspect will come out early January) and The King's Heart in May or June. I'm looking forward to both of those things.

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knowmefirst
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
I'm glad to know that you didn't listen to much to the reviews and stopped writing as otherwise we wouldn't have such a great talent :D
rowenasudbury
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
*hugs* You are good for my soul <3

PS...I decided to override the custom theme on the comments for now. After the holidays if I decide to keep my current theme I may indeed take you up on the offer of tweaking the CSS. Unless I find a better layout.

Edited at 2011-11-30 02:42 am (UTC)
knowmefirst
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
*hugs*

I hope the commenting can be fix, because when ever I look for a new layout, I actually take so long to find one I actually like :D
rowenasudbury
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
I know, and I really do love this one :)
knowmefirst
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
Don't worry, will figure it out even if we have to take it apart and rebuild it *sounded like a mechanic*
rowenasudbury
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:10 am (UTC)
LOL! I'll be off for 3 weeks pretty soon, we'll tackle it then!
anne_barwell
Nov. 30th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
There's always going to be reviewers who pick things apart, but then there are the ones which love it too. The important thing is that you love what you've written. *hugs*

For what it's worth I enjoyed Promises and Lies and I'm especially looking forward to The King's Heart as I want to read more of those guys.
rowenasudbury
Nov. 30th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Awww...thank you :) My two novels are totally different animals from one another, and the novella will be different still. I'm not sure that's a good thing, but it is what it is ;)

The good news is that The King's Heart is not different from The King's Tale, and hopefully soon I'll be able to work on the next book in the series! *hugs*
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