I finished the following covers for my upcoming novels today: Midnight Rain I See You Last Girl Dancing Night Echoes Because of a bit of a financial bump, I’m pushing hard to get all the backlist up in the next couple of months. To my amazement (because I thought exactly the opposite), I think the suspense novels are going to … Continue reading →
Lots of my novels for free if you’ll pay the postage.
This has to be noted as the latest an author has ever remembered to mention the debut of her own book. I found a couple of copies of NIGHT ECHOES on the shelves. Last Friday. [sigh] I plead PTIRSSD (Post-Traumatic Internal Revenue Service Stress Disorder) and new books in the making for forgetting to mention this until now. On a … Continue reading →
Thanks to Mary Germano, I got a copy of the PW review of Night Echoes yesterday. If you went into the Readers or Writers sections of the site, though, you’ll have noticed that I’m very slowly getting site bits into place At the moment, just the top navigation bar, later the new logo and submenus and possibly a new feature … Continue reading →
My agent called me yesterday to let me know that NIGHT ECHOES got a good review from Publishers’ Weekly. She’s going to photocopy it and mail it to me: The bookstores in my town do not, for some complex, arcane, and probably diabolical reason, don’t carry Publishers’ Weekly. It might be a plot. In any case, PW liked it, and … Continue reading →
Usually manuscript copyedits have the name of the copyeditor on the processing sheet. This time they didn’t, and I wish they had. I’d love to write a thank you note to the person who did Night Echoes. They were, bar none, the least frustrating, clearest, and most straightforward edits I’ve ever done. I’m finished with them, and will have them … Continue reading →
My bud sent me a book on bookbinding some time ago, and I picked up one on handmade books. Things have to float around in my subconscious for a while before I figure out what to do with them, and these books were like that. I don’t know if it was the fever, or just a connection of strange dreams … Continue reading →
Received the copyedits for NIGHT ECHOES—they’re pretty clean. Shouldn’t take long, but I feel dreadful. The kidlet caught something, and now we’ve caught it. So work is catch-as-catch-can for the next few days.
Have to do the copyedit of NIGHT ECHOES tomorrow. Will proof and publish Culture Clinic when that is done. … Continue reading →
First, cheers to Kathleen Bolton of Writer Unboxed, who survived one-pass revision and got her manuscript in the mail. Yesterday, I ended up doing a series of ever-decreasing tweaks on NIGHT ECHOES, bouncing stuff back and forth with my editor, until I finally finished at 6PM, just in time to take stuff for the burgeoning migraine and eat supper. Good … Continue reading →
Of course. Rule #1 in writing is Set goals. Rule #2 in writing is Expect to see them wrecked at every turn. I have no idea how long this is going to take, but I’ll be back. I will not be derailed. … Continue reading →
Have emailed the revised version to my editor and my agent. All that remains is to get the hard-copy in the mail. I’ll be taking the next week off. Things away from writing need my attention right now.
Thursday crashed and burned with some stressful family news. A migraine ate Friday. So today I’m playing catch-up. Long way to go.
The goal, of course, is to get the entire type-in on NIGHT ECHOES done today (especially since, in a perfect world, it would have been typed in and overnighted to my editor yesterday, and this morning it is neither), and in time to get to the post office with room to spare to overnight the thing to my editor to … Continue reading →
Spent the weekend figuring out ways to insert a couple of necessary scenes in NIGHT ECHOES, and ways to replace the couple I have to pull out. It has not been simple, because the replacements are critical red herrings, and upon the grace with which they can be substituted rests the success of the novel. Today, though, I should start … Continue reading →
So I get my revision notes from my editor for NIGHT ECHOES, along with the timeframe for getting it back to her. Oct. 1 is the date she writes, and I think, Great! Excellent. Enough time to do the final revision of HAWKSPAR, then do the final revision of NIGHT ECHOES, and still breathe. I tell my editor she’ll have … Continue reading →
2:47 AM. The type-in is done, the manuscript just went off to my agent and my editor, and I’m going to bed. Hah!
I hadn’t realized how much I’d changed, or how much typing would be involved. So I contacted my editor, who’d been expecting the file in her e-mail yesterday, only to find that her return from vacation had involved much more stuff than she’d anticipated. So here we are, me still typing in, her doing all the stuff that landed on … Continue reading →
Still don’t like my ending. Am hoping inspiration will strike between now and Monday. When I get this done, I have to tell you about the deep worldbuilding for Project Blue. It involves quantum entanglement, God immanent, and talking socks. The pair shown are Abundance Socks. They’re based on the magic system the protagonists in my new world use. The … Continue reading →
NIGHT ECHOES is just about finished. I have most of the write-in edit done. Yeah, it took longer than I planned, but my editor had already told me she wouldn’t be able to get to it until the 21st, so this might be a case of work expanding to fill the space available. The first draft was in pretty good … Continue reading →
Spent yesterday dog-sick and mostly asleep on the couch. Today, I’m much better. I’m well into the revisions on Night Echoes, and I figure I have a few more days of hard work to take it to the finish. My biggest focus right now is coming up with a more satisfying last few lines; if I don’t get those in … Continue reading →
First draft of Night Echoes is done, on time and at the right length. Revision starts tomorrow. I’m doing the Snoopy Dance, big time. … Continue reading →
I’ll finish the first draft of Night Echoes tomorrow. I’m thrilled. I’m amazed at how it’s going together, and excited to write the ending.
Current pace. All on Night Echoes. It’s going—pretty well, even. … Continue reading →
After 13+ hours of sleep, the migraine is gone. My blood pressure, which had spiked due to all the stress (though not up to the 160/110 range it was traveling in before I fixed it—just up to 140/84), has worked its way back down to normal levels. The air conditioning is fixed. The water isn’t, which meant that I got … Continue reading →
All day. Still. Did not need this. … Continue reading →
Got the cover art for Night Echoes, thought I’d pass it along. I think it’s pretty nice. … Continue reading →
I haven’t been around because I’m tired. I’m doing a damned good job of being productive, writing more than 4000 words a day every day (a lot for me), but in spite of that, my HAWKSPAR deadline is falling apart, and I’m dropping behind on other things, too. Have had a few rejections lately, which has not helped anything, and … Continue reading →
Night Echoes started falling into place today. Got 2000 words. Will work on Hawkspar this afternoon. Right now, I’m starting into an open-ended fantasy proposal that has to be put together by next Monday. I am mapping, worldbuilding, language creating, and character-developing like mad—paper flies from my fingertips like lightning from the hands of mad Old Gods. Plus… got potentially … Continue reading →
… have written a thousand words. This is not, we’ll note, the way to make progress. I’m closing on the end of the section that had to be redone, but I wanted to be farther along than I am. I still have enough time to finish the whole book and do a total revision. The gaps and breathing spaces are … Continue reading →