A Little Resurfacing

Just coming up for air – between writing, working at Avid, and family visits. I’ve a month or two of crazy busyness ahead, a book to finish, and two books coming out (in case you hadn’t heard).

Still, when a book nears release, you get all sorts of exciting things in the post. Writing isn’t something I dream about, it’s something that I do, and it’s hard work (and fun, really, really fun). But it’s moments like this that you really do dream about, and (five books in) it’s still just as exciting.

This arrived in the post on Friday, and I’d have posted about it before – but, like I said, I was a bit busy.

I’ve been writing for around thirty years, and it’s taken me until I was in my late thirties to experience this, (and I never know which one might be my last) so when I get a chance to hold my book for the first time (even if it’s a proof, the last step before the final book) it’s a real thrill – and a real privilege, a lot of people have worked hard to get the book to this stage, and that’s a lot of faith in a story and a place I made up, in the wonky weird way that I make all things up (including blog posts). Which is why, in this really discursive way (and hey it’s Sunday, and my brain’s a bit mushy) I wanted to post that picture, because it’s a milestone worth celebrating.

The publishing industry (the whole story telling industry) is in a state of flux at the moment, it’s scary (and exciting times). But as a writer who grew up reading SF paperbacks, holding one that you wrote is still one of the most exciting experiences you can have. It certainly makes you feel that you are a small part of a world that you adore. Orbit and Angry Robot have given me that delight, and I can’t tell you how lucky I feel.


A Wee Old Post

Just a quick post to fill a little of the silence around here. Have been all sorts of busy at all sorts of jobs, and not just the writing one. Things should liven up around here soon*. Roil and the Business of Death are both due late August early September, and I’m hoping to have a few more things up about both of them soon, as well as a couple more Death Works public announcement videos.

While I’m here, just how great is the latest season of Being Human? Certainly the most enjoyable genre show I’ve seen in an awful long time. If you’ve not seen it, it’s very much worth checking out. And, talking of which, just starting the latest Kate Griffin book the Neon Court. I love Kate’s stuff, and this book is just as wonderful as the first two books in her Matthew Swift series. Hunt them down and devour them now – then tell me how wonderful I am for putting you onto them.




*meaning, Trent should get his finger out and put a bit of work into his poor old website, soon.


Whatever happened

to that last week? I know what happened. I’m in that difficult third of Night’s Engines, basically (if you’re familiar with my ridiculous rather non-linnear writing style) where I’ve written the final third, and the first third and middle is something of a chasm, down which I have to put my poor characters through a lot of nastiness. They’re always the hardest things to write. You hit this stage with every book, mope around miserably, complain that you don’t have enough time to write, and that it’s never going to get done, and you hold on, and you just keep going, a word at a time, and eventually it gets done.

But until it does, you become a wee bit of a grump. So there!

At least I’ve got a workshop to run next week, which will keep me pleasantly distracted, and then May 6/7 I’ll be down at the Gold Coast Writers festival – hopefully by then this stage of the book will be a memory, and I’ll be putting it aside for a while, getting some people to read it, and generally preparing myself for editing and submission.

I think it’s a great book (and I can’t believe it’s my fifth novel) but right now, it’s still a fair way off being anything but a slog.

I have been getting some lovely emails about book corner 10, and PIEO*. Glad people have been enjoying them, though you really SHOULDN’T encourage me. The whole videocast thing has been so much fun, don’t know if I’m ever going to be capable of doing a serious one, but me being an idiot, well, I’ve plenty of that.


*including a videocast that was just the cutest thing! Diana and I laughed our heads off.