One milestone and a confession

Milestone: Today the WIP reached 50,000 words. Whew! And yes, the story has a shape now. It’s now more than just some scenes that are vaguely related.

Confession: Today, in between writing, for some stupid reason I checked the Amazon reviews for My Wicked Enemy and found the usual for me: some hate :: some love. Not too much in between. Probably because those readers couldn’t be bothered. One review mentioned another paranormal book as being much better than my horribly boring one.

So I went off and read some reviews on the book that is soooo much better than mine. And guess what? There was some hate :: some love for that one, too.

Hey! Isn’t that interesting? It’s not that I suck and Author A does not. (I have her book in my TBR and continue to look forward to reading it.) It’s that people have different tastes. And just because my writing didn’t work for Reader X doesn’t meant it won’t work for Reader Y.

Because you know, blue is not everyone’s favorite color. It’s not mine1 and yet I don’t go around telling all the blue-lovers that they are plainly fools, though they may well be for any number of reasons. Or not.

I felt better after that. A bit petty for the schadenfreude over at Author A’s book reviews, but oh well. I’m over it now.

So, please go buy My Wicked Enemy read it and then say what you think over at Amazon or B&N or wherever because it’s awesome that readers get to share what they think. As an opinionated person myself I am aware that I loathe Madame Bovary and yet also know a lot of fine people disagree with my opinion. And I’m okay with that.

And you know what, major thank you’s to all the people who have written to me either at my website or MySpace and even Twitter to tell me how much they enjoyed the book. It’s wonderful when someone takes the time to let an author know. Trust me, we get all excited and warm inside. Keep those letters coming! It makes me very happy.

1. Here’s another confession for you. Although I like green my favorite color is gray. I think that means there’s something wrong with me.

Geek note: The hex code for gray is

#666666

which can be shortened to #666. Kind of scary, huh?

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2 Responses to “One milestone and a confession”

  1. Christine says:

    I’ll meet your #666666 and raise you a #999999. Although I like #CCCCCC and #333333 a lot as well.

    Seriously, though, I actually think those extreme opposite reviews of your novel are better than having all reviews being right down the middle. When I see a clear disparity in opinion over a novel, I’m actually more inclined to check it out for myself.

    P.S. I have My Wicked Enemy on my TBR and hope to read it soon. 😉

  2. Carolyn says:

    LOL Christine! Glad to meet another fan of gray!

    I think you’re right on the reviews. Sometimes a really rotten review is what makes me go read a book.