Do I Have Second Book Syndrome?

I’d never heard of this until very recently. But maybe it’s real. And maybe I’m inflicted.

I’ll just tell you what I’ve experienced and then you can tell me if you think I’m sickly.

I wrote the first draft of my first book in about three months. I played around with it and then released it via CreateSpace. While I was still putting the finishing touches on the first book I dove right into book two. My word count reached about half of my first book’s in double the time. Then I stopped writing. Just stopped. I honestly don’t remember much of what I wrote. I remember random scenes that have no chronological order in my head. I couldn’t tell you if the writing in my second book is any better or worse than in my first. I couldn’t tell you where the story was headed when I stopped writing. I couldn’t even tell you the name of Andrew’s new client. Uh oh. I don’t think this book is ever going to be written.

And I don’t currently have any other story ideas. None. So what do you think? Think I’m just lazy or do I have a case of second book syndrome?

PS: Don’t forget that today is the last day that you’ll get $2.99 off your order if you purchase one of the “Books are bae” T-Shirts from here!


On this day in 2014 I published Writing Everyday.

 

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Who Wants Bookish T-Shirts!?

*raises hand emphatically*

I’ve only ever had one bookish shirt in my life. It was a simple bookshelf that was actually kind of ugly. The shirt was brown. But I wore it until it no longer fit. And now every once in a blue moon I’ll search the internet for a unique-looking bookish shirt and I’m always disappointed. The designs are too simple. Or the designs are just unappealing. So I decided yesterday to see if I could create one that I’d be proud to wear myself. And I definitely accomplished that much.

I used Teespring. It’s a site that lets you run a “campaign” for shirts, hoodies, or tank tops. Since it’s a campaign, there is a minimum that have to be sold in order for the shirts to be printed, otherwise no one gets anything. *sad face* And there’s a set amount of time for sales to take place. I’ll get to all the details in just a second. I want to show you the shirts! First up are the men’s shirts.

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20150615_000530Second up are the shirts for the ladies.

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20150615_001222Those are them! First things first, I would have changed the color of the women’s shirts, but it’s a single design that is used for every item and I felt the design looked best on the darker colors. Second, the text on the shirt reads “Books are bae”. I know all you young people out there know what bae means, but I bet some of the rest of y’all are scratching your head. I’ll just give you an example of how it can be used rather than try giving you a definitive definition. Y’all know I love Jennifer Lawrence, right? Well, a way for me to express that would be to say that Jennifer Lawrence is bae. People pretty much use it for anything they REALLY like. See? Easy.

Just a few more points before I tell you how to get your hands on these bad boys.

First, Teespring ships everywhere! Seriously, how many companies do that? Well they do, but there’s a catch. Shipping to US addresses is $3.99 for the first item and $2.00 for each additional item. Which is pretty fair if you ask me. But shipping to Canada is $9.50 for the first item and $4.00 for each additional item. *sad face* And shipping anywhere else is $12.50 for the first item and $4.00 for each additional item. *cries*

With all of that in mind I tried pricing them at a reasonable price because there’s no point in doing this if y’all see the shipping prices and decide not to buy anything.

Both the men’s and women’s shirts are $15.99 everywhere. And for all you crazies (like me) who like buying winter clothing in the summer, there are also hoodies available in two colors for $21.99. Cheap! The campaign ends in two weeks and at least ten shirts (or hoodies) must be bought in order for any to be printed. If ten of y’all don’t like these, then I’ll be sad.

Feel like giving them a closer look now? All you have to do is click here!

PS: It would be really awesome of you to share this with all your book-loving friends and family members. Heck, you could buy them one!