First a state of the writer short update – for those of you who have been waiting with baited breath for the edited Witchfinder – it is coming. I am halfway through my edit, which I unfortunately can’t outsource. Because it was written piecemeal there’s “beats” missing and internal inconsistencies and– You know.
What I found is that I tried to edit it early on, and it seemed a hopeless mess. But I picked it up again last weekend, and it reads surprisingly clean. As a note to self, clearly getting more distance helps. Now my instincts are on. I still need to do this part myself. Then it will go to a professional editor for probably two weeks. Then back to me to page-proof.
I have contracted for a cover. Depending on how long that takes – but the artist said something about three weeks – we should have a book both electronic (and going free to those who paid in advance and the high subscribers, in epub, mobi and/or RTF – sorry, I’m not going to do the weirdest forms of ebooks. If you have a really niche reader, you probably have become intimate with Calibre by now, anyway.)
Curiously, I needed this time too to see what the cover HAS to be. I’ve had ideas before, but they weren’t right.
Meanwhile, sometime this week I’ll start re-releasing the backlist. (Whee.) Probably first up will be No Will But His. I’m trying to find a cover, and wondering if I should do a pastel for it. We’ll see. Dan had a brainstorm and thinks I should re-write all of Henry VIII’s queens, to keep poor Kay Ho company. I don’t know. I’d only be re-writing Jane Seymour. The rest didn’t fall to my lot. But yeh, I could. The problem is time. We’re trying to figure out how to deal with that. We’ll see if it works. (Yep, we got a tardis. How did you guess?)
RES in the comments of the post from two days ago made snippety snap comments about saving me the indignity of buying 100 blog topics – for the record, I didn’t buy them. I got the 100 free ones. Good thing, since I could only use one and only sort of sideways. Of course, at least half of his topics I can’t use. I watched Star Trek because my husband loved it, but I don’t think I care enough for it to analyze its politics (which at any rate seem incoherent) or to discuss its economics (why do they allow people to write who can’t understand the basics of life as defined by economics – and that economics is a basic function of being human, no matter where or when – if I read one more novel where the main character has astonishing magical powers and yet is very poor, I’m going to hurl. Actually I never read those. I hit the telling point and the book goes against the wall in a bouncy bouncy sort of fashion. Ditto for universal replicators. Why work? Why have credits? What limits replicators?)
He also suggested Buffy and redemptive female love because he’s a BAD man. Of course the series is full of that mythos, and I’m thinking I’ll watch it from beginning in the next 100 or so ironing sessions. It should help with the YA too.
I have three posts sketched up for next week – which means I need a few more, of course. Even counting the fact that I do Rogue Magic on Fridays.
So, if you guys want to throw topics at me, go ahead. Just remember I’m a total ditz when it comes to television shows (as in, I’ve watched about half of Stargate while ironing, but still haven’t got around to watching the rest of it. Also, I only watch Big Bang Theory when I happen to be in the room while the guys are watching. Seems fun, but I’m not a “watcher” – if I’m not doing some handwork, like sewing, or some housework, like ironing, I can’t sit still long enough to watch a full episode, let alone a series. The only reason I watched Buffy was that I was profoundly depressed after 9-11 and it was in re-runs and/or we bought the tapes (I don’t remember now), so we watched ALL of it. But when I’m not depressed, I’d rather be writing or reading. It’s somehow more vivid in my mind.
To open the bidding on this “come on, throw topics at me, come on!”
-How does narrative technique in books differ from tv/movies. What are the advantages of books?
-When is the last time you’ve read really transgressive work, one that said something that shocked you because you never see it anymore. You know, stuff like “men have their own strengths, and civilization couldn’t exist without them.” Or “Humanity is good in and of itself and worth fighting for.” Or “western civilization outcompeted all the others because it provides best for society?”
-Would you like that as a blog topic, or would you like me to blog on the statements?
-Civilization is built on what we don’t do. Requiring internal barriers is a characteristic of civilization – any civilization. They’re just different in primitive civilizations. How much is man a creature of “this you do not do?” Is it necessary for us to be human.
-Is that a blog topic or two?
-How my life has changed since I went indie. Look up at the beginning of this post – I’m contracting cover work. It blows the mind. Five years ago, covers were something the publishers did, and if I didn’t like them, I had to lump them. There’s other stuff. Like, when I come up with an idea the question is “where do I put it on the calendar” not “will my agent send it out?” Of course, this means the poor calendar is bursting ta the seams, so I’m arranging to make time – yeah, I know. Deal. I’ll explain if it works. Also there’s a rumor eventually the kids will move out, we can downsize, and our life will be much simpler.
Anyway, shoot topics at me. I’ll put them in the topic notebook TM and do them – if they appeal.
And now I’m going to do litter boxes, which don’t appeal but have to be done.
UPDATE: I have updated subscriber content.