So. Most of the previous month has been eaten up by edits on Dog Country, and I'm about twenty percent into the second second draft (it needed more than one second draft), but, annoyingly, I've spent a lot of that time planning out my edits rather than actually making them. Complete with a revision outline.… Continue reading Revision Country + Journal Of Plague Year Out In UK!
Okay. Time to begin the second second pass on Dog Country. ... You read that right. The first second pass, which went fairly well, felt a little too light. So, I need a second second pass, this time with some handy feedback from friends. So that is lined up to eat up the majority of… Continue reading Back to the grindstone 2: Ouch, my nose!
Continuing my trend of making at least a monthly update, this month's big news is, of course, the release of Pavlov's House. (Read it on Strange Horizons here.) It's my first pro-level short fiction sale, and it is probably one of my best works to date. In brief, it's about one of the dogs from… Continue reading Life in April.
Pavlov's House, my first pro-level short story sale, was published on Strange Horizons today! Go read it! Now! Immediately! In brief, it's one of my war dog stories, and while you might think the title refers to Pavlov the physiologist and his dogs, which it does, you might be interested to know that there have… Continue reading Pavlov’s House now out!
So. After doing some indulgent sideline writing about power armour to keep my hands moving, which is unlikely to see the light of day, I am now back on the Dog Country manuscript, taking the first pass of reacquainting myself with the text and cleaning it up. So far, I am feeling mostly happy with… Continue reading Back at the grindstone.
My writing career, to put none too fine a point on it, is screwy. But the first thing you learn, trying to make writing your business, is that everyone's career is screwy. Recently while playing MechWarrior Online (I play videogames! That's socially acceptable now!) I was talking to another player in a public channel about… Continue reading Life on both sides of the fence – Some blabbing about writing in and outside of a niche fandom.
After mentioning it on and off for months now Orbital Decay, a novella by yours truly and commissioned by Abaddon Books, is now available for purchase in various electronic formats, and will appear in print later this year. What is Orbital Decay, you may very well ask? Orbital Decay is a story about what happened… Continue reading Orbital Decay now available!
So. As those of you who follow me on twitter/generally stalk me are likely aware, I am currently working flat out on getting the first draft for Dog Country done. This has resulted in some thoughts, which I will get to in a moment. First up, things are getting finalized very rapidly on Orbital Decay,… Continue reading Risking burnout and writerly fetishes.
Okay, so, getting through things roughly in order... In absolutely positive news, things are slowly getting finalized on a novella I've produced for Abaddon Books. What I can confidently say at the moment is that it's provisionally titled 'Orbital Decay', it's around 30 000 words long (fractionally longer than Dangerous Jade), and it's set in… Continue reading Something on the way, back in the slush piles, and Ancillary Justice
Okay, so, in the interest of keeping things all updated and everything on here, since last we spoke, I've gotten some neat reviews, some walks beside the Thames, achieved a lunar landing with a slide rule and logarithm table, and stood in a queue for two and a half hours. Firstly on the reviews front,… Continue reading Recent Reviews, Current Activities