Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gone dark...

I know I've gone dark on you guys - so sorry. I'm working my ass off (literally) both at work with multiple business trips, as well as on the manuscript for the urban fantasy, which at the moment has the working title Rowantree. I know, it needs work, so please don't mail me with comments about how "it sux0rz", mmmkay?

It continues to amaze me just how amazingly hard it can be to maintain one's work responsibilities while simultaneously being attentive to one's family and manage to keep enough of the ol' sub-conscious free for creative endeavors. I swear, if I could do nothing but write, my output would be nothing short of amazing, I'm quite sure (knock on wood).

The good news is that I'm practically done with the first 25 chapters (what I'd tentatively slated as book 1 of the final trilogy) and will be sending it out to... ah... the "interested editor" shortly. Wish me luck!

I still have to see how much re-tooling book 2 will require, as I cut into the story VERY deeply three years ago, back when I was trying to shoehorn the entire MS into a single book. I fear that I went way beyond "trimming the fat" and was grating on bone at some point, so a wee bit o' re-writing is certainly required. No worries - I've come up with lots of new ideas since then, both for situations that I want to expand upon as well as things I never imagined when I started the first draft (thank you, Kirin!).

In any case, it should give the editor something to look at and (hopefully) whet his appetite for the rest. A trilogy deal with a NY house would be, in a word, superawesomereallyreallyeffingcool.

Thanks again for your patience while I dig myself out of the creative avalanche I called down upon my own head - I appreciate it.

Back to work!


Jim C. Hines said...

I know the feeling. When I was unemployed, just moved back to Michigan, I wrote and revised a book in 6 weeks. These days, with the day job and the family and house maintenance and everything else, I'm pushing to do one a year. It's crazy.

Good luck with the trilogy!

Matt Cook said...

God - you're a MADMAN, Jim! Did it sell, or were you working on spec?

Starlit Rogue said...

lol, it is a pain. Though I'm not even quite at the point of finishing a single manuscript, it can just be hard to find time to write it!