Saturday, 26 September 2015

A general update

If I remember rightly, it's been a while I had a general catch up of what's going on so why not now?

As I said a couple of weeks ago, I wrote an 8.5k piece which is being read at the moment. It'll probably be a while before I hear anything, but that's okay. Other than actually writing, most of the writer's life is spent waiting. It's not a job for the impatient. To be honest, I have no idea whether or not to be confident of that piece finding a home - partly because I'm a shit judge of my own stuff and because it's a strange length so I don't know how it'll be received.

Ascent, the book I started as a novella well over a year ago, is nearing completion as a 86k novel. I've just finished the main bulk of edits and it's gone well. For a book that spent most of last year (and this one) kicking my arse, it's turned out quite nicely. Over the next week, I'll finish off a few niggly bits and then give it to my wife for her critique. Ditto a writer friend or two. Once any cock ups and suggestions for improvements are sorted, it's time to try and find this one a home. Again, that'll take a while if it does happen. Of course, it could surprise me and be taken on first time out, but I doubt it. Life isn't that easy.

I've got a couple of things going on that I'm keeping under wraps for now. Depending on what happens over the rest of the year, they're staying under my hat. All I'll say is one involves the second book I had published all the way back in 2013 by a company who no longer exist. And of course, there's the republished Red Girl next year from Caffeine Nights. There's a chance the title will change - I have at least one new title I'm keen on, but we'll see what happens.

Working my way through Stephen King's Dark Tower books again. I'm about to start The Wind Through The Keyhole after finishing Wizard And Glass last night. And while I obviously know it doesn't work out for all the characters, I can't help but hope that, this time, it will. That's the sign of the best writing and the best books.

Long days and pleasant nights.

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