That is impressive!
Thanks. I found myself smiling about it.
I take naps, esp. in summer (Daylight Savings Time messes up my internal clock, and so does the heat.) Naps feel like goofing off--it's daytime, work hours, and I'm not working. (But I am now, so...)
Nap time between 1 and 3 pm at any ambient temperature over 85 degrees has outstanding biological and sociological effects -- it has probably saved a congress critters life or two (kidding, sort of)
Congratulations! That is really phenomenal work, especially given the quality.
I dont see how you can feel that you have been lazy ... altho feeling that way has probably helped get you to this point :)
It is fairly obvious reading your posts that you take a professional "this is a job" attitude, and all the side trips for cons and whatnot are a necessary part of it. Family Stuff gets in the way of any job and needs to be worked around.
I am immensely proud to be able to point to a book of yours and say "I know this woman, shes cool!"
Thanks. I think the feeling lazy thing comes from knowing that I am not getting everything done, and also knowing writers who put out 2-3 books a year--which I just cannot imagine doing. (Although, I guess, if they were much shorter books I could do two...I just don't want to.)
I really needed this little jolt of "Hey, I'm doing OK in terms of productivity" right now.
Thanks! I was quite happy with myself when I figured it out. It helped that I'd made my words today, too.
I first met you after a panel on Fantasy and the Law (or something like That) at Noreascon 3. My best friend bought your first an hour after the panel and finished it and said "you know that woman you liked, her book is pretty good you gota read it" he gave it to me and I have bought all of them since and sevral copys of some.
so I wonder how many of your word I have given both trade, mass paperbacks and kindle total?
thank you for so many words
Thank YOU for sharing my work with others! It's readers who tell other readers and give 'em starter books that help writers enormously.
As I have never been even slightly let down by anything of yours I have read - including all of the various topics here on your blog, many of which are outside my normal realm of interest - I'm not surprised.
As for Martin he can take his time. I will wait as long as needed for quality. And that goes for any writer I adore reading.
Thanks! I'm glad you've enjoyed the words.
That's extremely impressive!
It's certainly an incentive to keep going...though the writing itself is actually more of one.
What fool would ever accuse you of goofing off?
Well, yes...but we all beat ourselves up to ourselves, don't we? Okay, maybe Charlie Stross has never told himself he was goofing off, but I'm talking about the mortals among us.
In fact, with 23 novels under your belt, I think you've earned free goof-off time.
Thanks! I'm glad you've enjoyed them.
The ones easy to miss are either the two co-authored with Anne McCaffrey (SASSINAK and GENERATION WARRIORS) or the two non-group (REMNANT POPULATION and THE SPEED OF DARK.) Or it's possible you're counting one of the omnibus editions instead of the individual books that came first.
The three original Paks books (3), the two Paks prequels (2), the McCaffrey co-written (2), the Serrano/Suiza/Familias Regnant group (7), the two non-series (2), Vatta's War (5), the new Paksworld books (2 published.) For less scrolling, we divvied them up into groups on my website, under "fiction." Titles, descriptions, and covers are there.
Makes sense to me. I have to write them all down to get an accurate count, and co-authored books are in a different category.
That is just awesome! Great word count. Congrats. Not goofing off at all :-)
So I realized...(grin). So I'm not going to fret that during my husband's surgery and recovery, I won't be writing nearly as much, but doing the work he usually does on the place.
2011-07-22 04:26 am (UTC)
That is a most impressive tally, Elizabeth! And your ruminations about word count published (not including the cut words/sections) have gotten me to wondering, too.
I have read all the Paks books in several formats (tiny library hardcovers, standard paperback individual books, omnibus, and large hardcover). I have read and reread them, over the last 20+ years. My daughter has been reading and re-reading the two omnibus books and the two new Paksworld books. It would be grand if I could even recall how many times I have read the original Paksenarrion trilogy. I have recommended it to *EVERYONE* who would hold still to listen.
Nothing I have ever read, before or since, holds the same quiet joy and quality as that series, and it will always remain close to my heart.
Gretchen in Minneapolis
2011-07-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
There are two measures of productivity that tend to matter to me: new books to devour, and the thoughtfulness of the ideas in those books.
I think I've devoured all of your books (I still live in hope that there are a few rare volumes left, but, owning your short-story collections, I doubt this is true) several times, and can honestly say that the continuing allure of scanning a bookstore for titles with your name on it has nothing to do with the number of words you've written and everything to do with the power of each and every word.
I can't say the same of many other authors, prolific or not.
You mention Scalzi and Martin, but neither fills me with the sort of hope that reading the most painful episodes of Paks journey forced me to confront. And while The Speed of Dark wasn't about a worldview I found familiar, it expanded my emotional experience in ways that have helped me grow as a human being. Finally (but not lastly!), Remnant Population became a favorite not only for its wonderful characterizations, but also for the ways it reminded me of my Grandmother -- and of the honor I and all my family owed her for her accumulated wisdom.
So, if it helps, please keep using word-counts as a measure of your productivity, vis a vis other prolific authors, but I hope you won't come to misapprehend that your worth depends on mere output as judged by such simplistic statistics. You mean so much more to your fans than word counts can measure.
And, notwithstanding what I just said, don't expect us to stop clamoring for more!
Thanks! It's always great to know the books have found the right readership.
I do find that using word counts on a project helps me not fall too far behind (or catch up if I am behind.) But I'm well aware that "more words" don't equal "more better" and that people want good stories, not specific word counts.
2011-07-24 04:07 am (UTC)
Re: Words well-loved
Thank you, Gretchen. It gives me (or any writer) the warm fuzzies when a book is loved.
What an impressive track record! I agree that women get a little side-tracked from their accomplishments because we often put family commitments first. For example, you didn't put a link in your blog to any of your many in-print books! As a reader of SF and fantasy of the non-swords and sorcery kind, which of your books would you recommend I read? Go ahead, post a link where people can buy it.