"I bought your book."
Those four words floored me. Not that the person who spoke it was a complete stranger, because she wasn't. I work with her at my full-time job. But as we are in two different departments, this statement took me by surprise.
Ironically, I happened to be working on the hard copy of a future novel--possibly my four published work this year, with two others slated before it--at the time. She had a few kind words to say about it, and how she read it while recently on a plane.
Aside from family and my writers' group, this is probably the first encounter I've had from someone who wasn't in one of those categerories.
I was jazzed!
I am currently over 52K words into Shadowkill, and I'm slating this novel to be done by May 31st. It's coming along nicely, the plots and subplots emerging in a nice little tangle. A subplot will soon be tied up, and others will follow. At this point, I'm almost certain I will not make the 75K word count, and I'm okay with it. Besides, I already know where I can strengthen it in the editing stage.
I'm also currently editing a short story to be submitted in this quarter's "Writers of the Future" contest. I submitted one last quarter. I have a little time before the July 1st deadline, but I'd like to get it off my plate soon.