Saturday, August 22, 2009

Structural Edits and a Week of Hard Work Ahead

This was a week of distractions, as I tried to get my head around my structural edits. It wasn't so much that I disagreed with them - in fact I think I'm very very much on the same page(s) (and pages) with my editors - but how to get started.

I opted, as I often do, with the sidewise approach. A book of post it notes, a notepad, and lots of scrawling on the manuscript as well.

The story's already looking more cohesive - and post-it-note covered - and there's some nice character notes that weren't quite as pronounced in the draft I sent to Orbit. What's more I'm starting to get a better feel for book two. There were several story threads I'd actually forgotten about (oh, the shame) that explain things I was reaching for (without quite knowing why) in book two.

If I can pull this off book two will be rather entertaining indeed. Thanks too to my friend Krissy Kneen and her loan of the Penguin Book of Death. Another neat addition to my Death reading, are the works of Sir James George Frazer. Research is colour and breadth, my friends. And it's such a lot of fun. I really hope people enjoy my rather cut-up approach to death folklore. I'm a bit of a magpie, if something glitters in the right way I have to have it.

Have just started watching the Wire. What a fabulous series, between it and True Blood season two, I've more than enough television viewing for the next couple of months.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Not such a productive day

wrote about a thousand words, bumped against a brickwall, and, because we haven't been to the cinema since sometime in April, Diana and I headed off to see Coraline.

I enjoyed it quite a bit, not as much as the book, but, well, the book and the movie are rather different creatures. Still it was dark and bright and pacy, and the animation was superb.

However, my bespectacled eyes are not designed for 3 D glasses. They're just not. So, four hours later, and I've only just gotten rid of my headache.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Death in the Works

Things have been busy beneath the placid surface of Lake Trentonomicon. I taught a workshop on short story writing at Rockhampton on the weekend - which was a lot of fun, and, as usual, when I do these things I learnt a hell of a lot as well.

In the background, I've been furiously working on book 2 of Death Works - Managing Death. I'm hoping to have a draft finished by the end of August middle of September, so things will be very quiet around here for a while yet.

Excitingly the first book - Death Most Definite - is now up on including a little blurb. Check it out. The structural edits of book one arrived in the post today. It all seems to be coming together. Spent most of the day walking around the house, cleaning, and trying to factor in some rather large changes in the first book that have rather important and (hopefully) interesting implications for the next one - let's just say big betrayals are afoot.

At the same time Aurealis 42 is now available. A new Lucy Sussex or Geoff Maloney story is always a reason for celebration. I'm in there too, with about the only short story I am likely to see published this year. It's called Neighbourhood of Dead Monsters and I'm rather fond of it.

Oh, and there was a storm.