You want it when?

I spent the weekend looking over my next 12 months, and I made a big gulp.  Sigh.  And I thought I was going to be able to slow my schedule down.  Alas . . . a personal writing project that I want to do for myself is in danger of sliding to next year–again.  And when I say again, I mean an entire 16 months from now.  Blah.  Making my contractual deadlines is not going to be an issue, but I’m in danger of losing the three months that I’ve been carving out for myself for the last year or so.  Three months.  All I needed was three months.  I’ve got two and a half now, so I’m not giving up hope.  The world book might not take all the time I estimated, so there is hope . . .

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51 responses to “You want it when?

  1. Be in pain, don’t be a pain…that’s been my mantra for the last six weeks since surgery and broken bones. Limited to a wheelchair for several more weeks, I discovered your books, and you, Kim Harrison are responsible for helping to keep my spirit happy and content. Rachel Morgan, Jenks, and Ivy are unique, fun, and fresh. I love your books so much, I have ordered the entire series for the library I manage. I am going to get folks so excited about your books. I predict great things for you!

    • Wow. Thank you, Ann! I am so pleased that you are finding so much enjoyment in the books. Healthy escapism is what it’s all about sometimes, and I’m honored that my work is helping you get through a rough time.

  2. Kathy Ritchie

    Hey Kim, sorry to hear that the time bandit has struck you as well! LOL! It catches all of us with ambition! Time management can be a struggle. As much as I would love another Hollows novel sooner, you deserve the time and the creativity might bring something better back to the Hollows, you never know! All I know for sure is DON”T PUT IT OFF! I am in my AARP years and the biggest reget is those great projects or ideas that were pushed back time and again until time for them totally disappeared.
    We’re dedicated fans, we love the Hollows, so whatever it takes, get your 3 months and do your writing project! Good Luck with the dirt digging!

    • Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your words. I’m all about balance, and I’m willing to let some things go to maintain it. Unfortunately, I think it’s going to be a chunk of the drama box that is going to get cut this time, and I’m going to miss it.

  3. Greg

    Good morning everybody. The e-book release of BMS is today! I have it downloaded and am *so* excited! I can’t read it yet though as I’m working from home.

    Yesterday my car decided that not only was I going to miss class after work, but apparently I wasn’t going to be able to ever use my brakes again. Lovely. It’s in the shop now, crossing my fingers and hoping it doesn’t cost too much to fix.

    I haven’t had free time for about 2 years, and there’s *always* something that needs done at work.😦 At one point I was working 80-90 hours a week and *still* was unable to meet our deadlines. Very ugly situation.

    I’ve been wanting to start my own personal writing project, and Kim’s books are a very big part of that. I’m realizing I’m 35 and have been allowing a few bad situations in my past to prevent me from doing something I truly love. It’s past time to let my past be my past and my present be my gateway to the future. Now if I only had the time…🙂

    • Lavanya

      hi greg,
      where did you get the ebook? it’s not on fictionwise or diesel & amazon has a publication date of 2029!!!!!

    • Greg

      Wow, that’s horrible! I checked Amazon 2 weeks ago and it said it was available today. I have a Nook, so I had pre-ordered mine from Barnes & Noble once I’d finished WWBC (about 3 weeks ago).

      I just checked Amazon and confirmed the 2029 release date. That has got to be some sort of mistake on their part. Maybe you can call their customer service line (I’m assuming you own a Kindle). The Barnes & Noble store releases in the open epub format I believe, and I don’t think that will work with the Kindle unfortunately as it is a closed format.😦

    • SeattleRobin

      That 2029 release date appeared on Amazon a couple weeks or so ago, I thought it would get fixed before today, but no!

      I called Amazon about half an hour after the book should have downloaded and didn’t. I had to go through three people, but finally spoke to someone who fixed the problem by telling me to go order the book on the normal order page where the price is $12.99 and then she issued me a credit for the difference between the pre-order price and that price. The credit is then applied on your next ebook order. I was emailed a confirmation of that’s what they were doing and it all worked out.

      I didn’t get my other book finished yet so I probably won’t get started on BMS until tonight, but at least I have it on my Kindle ready to go!

    • There is a legal issue which caused the 2029 date. It’s a real date, but if you want your book sooner, you can cancel your original purchase, and pick it up for the new price.

    • Greg, I like the way you think. Good luck with the writing. It’s something that no one can ever take from you, like good breaks on your car. (sheesh! I’m so glad you’re okay!)

    • Greg

      Thank you, Kim. I guess I’m very lucky. The mechanic called about 15 minutes ago and said my rear break assembly “blew apart” (his words, not mine). It’s going to cost a pretty penny to fix, but it could have been so much worse.

      I’m going to find time for the writing, thank you so much for the encouragement! Now I just have to convince myself that a full-time job with overtime, full time school, and a family leaves me room for writing. I’m such a glutton for punishment.🙂

    • Lavanya

      thanks people! i did check with amazon, but sadly it looks like BMG is not for sale in india.. sigh……maybe i should go get a “grande latte, double espresso, thin on the froth, extra cinnamon, full milk with a shot of raspberry” to cheer me up😉. Well, we DO get great coffee in India, real south-indian style coffee is right up there with raspberry latte😉.

  4. Chris

    O-M-G….one of my pet peeves..time management. If any of you read one of previous posts, you know I would KILL( ok…maybe maim, after all I am basically a pacifist) for this unattainable dream called FREE TIME.
    What is it and where can I purchase a life time supply??I’ve got a card card handy……

  5. Tiffany

    A personal writing project? Okay, I’m full of enthusiastic questions! But do you mean “personal” as in ‘hello this word is self explanatory so no questions’? LOL😉 Or personal, as in not in conjunction with your agent and publisher, but I can ask what you want to write about? Sorry – I’m infamous for seeing two ways to take something. I’m sure one is obviously right, but ah, if only I knew which one…

    I am incredibly impressed with how precise you are! That you know yourself and your pace so well that you know exactly how much time you need to carve out and how to go about it. Kim, you are the dominator of time itself!

    Okay – but wait, wait – chin up! If you’ve already got two and a half months carved out – then you just need to find the space for two more weeks, right? Here is a possibility: 1 hour a day -> 5 hours a week means 16 weeks to carve out an additional 80 hours. Roughly four months. Maybe that’s too much to add on or carve out, or maybe I misunderstood what you were starting with. But who knows – since I ended up with 16 also, maybe you didn’t divide the 16 down from weeks into months. If so, four months looks a whole lot better.

    Hope you have a great day,
    Tiffany

    • Hi, Tiffany. I’ve not written anything not under contract since DWW was picked up. I miss the freedom, and so I want to write something new, for me, without a contract. For me. And then, go to Harper with it and see if they can market it. (grin)

  6. Hawk

    main thing is you still have hope remember to hang on to it and beat anyone into a bloody pulp if they try to take it from you. oh Just got you latest book pretty good so far but still to short🙂

  7. JanisHarrison

    Well, the first thing to do is to remember the “3 months rule” before you undertake any more contractual obligations. I know, I know, you wanted THIS summer…Maybe you and your agent can juggle a couple more weeks out of that schedule. I hope so. You need your time.

    • Hi, Janis. Okay, so you’re good with me not publishing a Hollows book next year? -laugh- It’s really hard. I could get my time if I didn’t do any appearances or cut the drama box. Not a good situation, either.

  8. NickinColoma

    I hope that you can get that free time you need. Free time, even a small amount, is needed when you are busy.—-Nick

  9. suzannelazear

    I hope you can hang on to your free days. Personal writing projects are important to the over all mental health of writers.

    My brother is a doctor. Want him to write you a note?

    Hugs.

    ~Suzi and the tot, too

  10. I understand the feeling. You remember how you told me that the nice thing about writing is that it waits for you? Well I getting tired of forcing it to wait.
    With work and my current health problems (which is why I haven’t been around much lately), it’s hard to find time for my personnal projects. I wish I could afford to work only 4 days a week; they offer that kind of schedule at my job.

    I wish you the best of luck to keep those 2 and a half months. I am convinced that you deserve them and that doing “out of contract” writing can do worlds of good.

  11. Z's Wife

    I’ve been dealing with a personal struggle relating to TIME for years. I’m a lawyer and an artist – among other things. A few years ago, I wanted to quit the law to finish my art degree – the one I postponed to go to law school. I really tried to break away from the law. I took a part-time legal research job where I was buried in a basement. I had time for art but no money for art supplies. (Just NOT working wasn’t an option.) The firm that put me in the basement put me on the sidewalk about 18 months later when the big case that I’d been hired to help with was over. I was a fool to believe that the research job was long term. I wound up back at my daddy’s law firm begging for a job – which I got. Then, I had plenty of money for art supplies and absolutely no time to make any art. For one reason or another, I feel like I’ve been on a damn rollercoaster for the last two years. Life isn’t going to slow down. Sleeping less to find more time isn’t a long term solution. It will mess with your health. I’ve tried that one. Sometimes, you just have to step away from the rollercoaster. . . It is possible to get off the damn ride for a few hours or days if you are willing to pay the price.

    • That’s it exactly, Z’s Wife. I’ve worked very hard the last six years to find balance. It’s not easy, and I never would have found it if not for Guy picking up the lion’s share of supporting the household for a very long time.

  12. Chastity

    I hope you can hold onto the two and a half months that you still have…I’ll send positive energy your way since I can’t give you the time back! Much Love!

  13. Hey Ms. Harrison,
    If I could, I’d give you Time as an Easter present.🙂 That’s the trouble with working for yourself isn’t it? You’re your own boss, and – in a company it’s easier to say – well… I’ll take a holiday and just catch up later. It’s not personal anyway…
    When you’re talking about your own time and interests it gets a bit more complicated.
    *Puts up banner saying: GOOD LUCK!!! HOLD ONTO THOSE MONTHS!* 🙂
    Have a good day Ms. Harrison, I’m still working on Script Frenzy and finding that it’s not as difficult as NaNo per say (that said – I doubt my quality is anything worth reading, lol). I’m up to 43 pages (more by the end of the night) and approximately 10000 words. I’m interested to note that my writing pace is still at about 2000 words per day. And this is with work and everything, lol. 🙂
    Alyssa

  14. Crossing fingers you can get some personal writing time. I don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t allowed to do my OWN garden, even though I play in other peoples soil every day!

    • gothar

      HA! I had a 3 day weekend and wanted to finish sanding and put some finish on a blanket box I made last fall. I ended up doing 2 coats just on the top. Now I feel guilty I wasted the time.

      At least Kim has a sense of time management. Maybe she could keep a course on the topic🙂

    • Thanks, Mud. I like your new avatar!

  15. Phil

    Kim-san did you say personal writing project? Can we get details? The writing bug is catching. Our Nastyromo project has led to more stories since the end of Feb.

  16. Kylie Ru

    I know I don’t have to comment everyday, but I like to. Um, I wish to make you a Japanese braid using purple and black thread. To where should I send it? Sorry, I feel like a stalker asking that, but kumihimo braids are another thing I do.

    It sucks when life doesn’t let you have time to do what you want to do as opposed to what you have to do. Over the weekend, I wanted to play some Shadow of the Colossus, but that failed epically. Hopefully you won’t have to push it back!

  17. dave

    Hello Kim!

    I just wanted to let you know how I got into your books (which are great, btw). I got the Kindle app for Mac when it came out a few weeks ago. I searched “Fantasy” by “Best Selling”, and the first Hollows book was #1, because it was free. I saw in the reviews that someone said they were similar to the Anita Blake books, which I loved until they turned into porn, so I “bought” your free book. That got me hooked, and I bought the rest.

    So having your first book free got you 7 more sales. I wonder why more authors don’t do that?

    BMS comes out on Kindle tomorrow, and I already ordered it. Thanks for the great books, and keep it up!

    -Dave

    • Very cool, Dave! I’m so glad you took a chance on the Hollows and that you found something you like. 😉 As for the first book free? That’s something new that I think you will see more of. Harper is always trying new things, and I feel lucky that I’m a part of that.

  18. marsha

    Never give up on your plan to have three months “mental health” time. We would all go through withdrawl, but we are going to have to do that when the Hollows series ends anyway.

    • I can get my three months, Marsha, it’s just a matter of what I want to let go. A Hollows book a year, no touring for a year, or the drama box. Bad choice, yes?

  19. SeattleRobin

    Oh, I just went and read your comments on the previous post, Kim. The issue with the books at Fictionwise is due to the new agency thing from what I understand. The delayed ebook issue is already laid to rest now I think, and now the new monster is five of the Big 6 (including Harper) are only allowing their ebooks to be sold through online stores who serve as their agents. (No more retailing and stores setting their own prices.)

    The whole thing was pushed through very fast and some of the online stores didn’t get contracts signed in time, or maybe decided not to sell that way. It appears that Fictionwise is one of those, so no ebooks for them from those publishers until they get it worked out. Amazon doesn’t have ebooks from The Penguin Group right now for similar reasons.

    Thank goodness Harper books seem to be fine at Amazon. I was going to scream bloody murder if BMS was delayed any further!! (grin) Only 16.5 hours until I finally have it in my hot little hands! (I need to hurry up and finish the book I’m reading!)

  20. SeattleRobin

    Here’s wishing you luck with the world book so you get your time!

    And, here’s the Hollows gang, Sims Style (since I’m no artist!):

    http://seattlerobin.wordpress.com/simhollows/

  21. john smith

    The greater the difficulties we go through when achieving a certain goal the greater the satisfaction.

    BTW I think your publisher are pleased with you – your book went from $10 to $13 for the e-book version. I hope they make you write more of em🙂.
    I’m guessing that you lose some money when so many people are not buying the hardcover, but electronic versions are so much more comfortable all around – and look on the bright side – you probably save a small forest even if small percentage of your readers are err reading it electronically. (plus there’s the instant delivery)