Diana's comments about the #DailyLines
Diana Gabaldon posted the following message on Facebook last night:
To the Impatient (and you KNOW who you areI thought this was worth quoting in its entirety. She's a human being, not a machine, and it really isn't fair for the fans to expect a brand-new, never-seen-before, snippet every single day.
Look. This is how it works:
I write the best books I can.
It takes as long as it takes.
It takes a long time because they're big, complex, interesting books.
I've always shared bits and pieces of my work online, because I enjoy it, and I'm glad if you do, too.
I, um, _don't_ do it as a public service.
I don't post anything truly spoilerish.
Some days I don't write.
I don't keep track of what I post--what, you think I have time to keep records and thumb through a years' worth of posting every time I put something up? (Also, owing to the large number of people coming through this page, even if a few of you have seen one bit or another before, lots and lots of others haven't. You aren't the only person in the world, you know.)
All of which means that some days I have a bit that meets my criteria, and I post it.
If I don't, I don't.
I might post something else, repost something that's been up, or not post at all.
I enjoy hearing what y'all think about the #DailyLines. But I don't feel that I _owe_ the readers anything, other than the best book I can write.
I love that last sentence, by the way. I think Diana should take all the time she needs, to make WRITTEN IN MY OWN HEART'S BLOOD as good as it possibly can be. Yes, the waiting is awfully hard, but re-reading helps <g>, and 2013 will be here before you know it.