– I posted Chapter 30 of Malice on AO3. I’ve now been writing this story for almost a year to the day. It’s currently at 62k words, which is a decent level of productivity. I’ve gotten a lot of support from readers, and I’m grateful and honored. Still, I think this might be a good time to take a break from this story to reassess my writing goals.
– I edited Chapter 28 and posted it on FFN. I also edited Chapter 29 and uploaded it to be queued next weekend.
– I replied to all the comments I received on AO3, which was a lot of fun. Next week I want to set a goal of leaving a comment on someone else’s work. Even if it’s just a short comment!
– I did two more rounds of editing on the stories in It Never Happened. This week I’m going to get started on line editing and page layout.
– I turned in the proofs for my book manuscript. The publisher gave me about a week to go over these, and this particular week has been wild. I was able to catch a few typos and formatting errors in the proofs, but I’m sure there are more. I have strong feelings about this process, but I probably shouldn’t say anything until the book actually comes out.
– Given that universities in the United States are shutting down, everything has been cancelled, including the talks I was supposed to give during the next two months. You’d think this sudden influx of free time would help me be more productive, but this situation is actually super stressful. This comic on Twitter captures the feeling perfectly.
– During the past week I was able to work with Frankiesbugs on Tumblr to create a short original horror comic. They did an amazing job, and it was an absolute pleasure to work with them. Not to be weird or anything, but exchanging emails with this artist on a daily basis helped keep me sane during a difficult time.
– There have been a lot of emergency commission posts on Twitter from people who’ve suddenly found themselves out of work, and I’ve been in contact with about half a dozen artists. If I had to make a prediction, I would say that I’m probably never going to see the art I commissioned, but it doesn’t really matter. I was in a similar situation a few times when I was younger, and it would have meant the world to me for someone to send me money and say they believed in me. If actual art materializes, that will be a bonus.
– I wish more fic writers took commissions. I would take commissions myself, but dear god I can barely write my own stories at this point. Good luck to us all, I guess.