“Boy Meets Girl, The End” paperback on sale at amazon.com

November has been a great month for “Boy Meets Girl, The End“, with over 750 new readers downloading the e-book for free during a 5 day amazon.com promotion, and a couple even getting a copy in the Lending Library. For anyone that has an Amazon Prime membership for their Kindle, the Lending Library offers a ton of books to “borrow” (one book a month, for free), plus all kinds of movies and TV shows, blah blah blah, 2-day shipping, woopdie doo, who cares about all that – the big news is there’s free books for you! Well, not freeeeee, actually – it’s about $7/month for the membership, but it’s money that DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE WRITERS; no matter whether the e-book is sold or lent, the author gets a portion of the proceeds, so just borrowing a book in the Lending Library helps keep your favorite authors writing.

Amazon has also decided to drop the price of the paperback from $19.99 to $13.49 on the US site (with corresponding price reductions on the international sites), and since I receive the same amount per copy regardless, I WOULD HIGHLY ADVISE YOU TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR GENEROSITY AND BUY A PAPERBACK COPY NOW. And thanks for the gift, Amazon, you’re a pal…

Okay, enough with the corporate whoring for today, the good news on book two is that I’ve completely changed the story. Okay, not completely, but some shit has gone down and it was pretty epic and I’m really pretty psyched about it. Basically, for the last half a year I’ve been trying to fit an idealized story in my head into a framework that didn’t quite suit it, and while it’s been an interesting process that sparked some good side effects, the overall struggle has been pretty frustrating. I usually run some of my ideas past my wife, partly because she’s funding this whole author-pipe-dream and I feel it necessary to keep her updated (sometimes), partly because we just love to talk about things we are excited about – but also because she’s a good first responder on the “What would the reader feel about this?” front. I don’t give credence to all of her responses, but there are some that stand out pretty strongly right away – and this past week while running plot lines by her she immediately questioned a couple that tapped into this whole idealized story vs. framework issue. Naturally, I defended them on the spot (I mean, it’s not like I don’t spend enough time thinking them through before I talk with her about them), but for whatever reason, the next day it all hit me in a new light. Epiphanic, it was. Scary as hell too, as I sat there staring at the storyboard on the wall thinking that I had just wasted 6 months of writing time on something that I knew I had to change, and be able to justify it to the boss.

I had about two hours before she would be home, so I started getting my case together by writing down some new ideas and piecing them together with parts of the story already written that still worked – and sure enough, just seeing her facial expressions as I talked confirmed what I knew to be the right path to take. Frankly, at that point, even if she argued with me about it I would have stayed my ground – you always know the best way to get out your own expression. But seeing the acknowledgement of what we know in someone else’s eyes is an amazing experience, and I started writing again with a renewed sense of mission.

And all that time spent writing already, just to see the ideas scrapped? It was well worth it, if what comes from all of this is more in tune with what I want to express and what you’d like to read.

I’ll leave you with a little news blurb that just popped up on the nytimes.com page an hour ago – this is a central theme in book two, and every time I see something new about this field I know (once again) that I’m on the right path…