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05 May 2007 @ 07:39 pm
making progress  
I've finished another chapter in the HOUSE OF CARDS revisions and and I know what to do next. I also broke 200 pages on the revised manuscript and am a couple thousand words shy of 50K. I'm also about 15 pages behind where I was at the same chapter in the original manuscript, but what one might delicately call "a whole fucking shitload" of stuff has happened that did not happen previously, and all the stuff that comes later still has to happen. I anticipate it breaking 500 pages when revisions are complete (not such a stretch; the original manuscript was around 475 pages, I think).

Also, ZOMG, the final manuscript for HEART OF STONE is freaking huge. It's about 480 pages, whereas the Walker Papers ones are around...390-410, I think? Ted was like, "...is that the /book/?!" I *fear* this manuscript. I also think I'm going to try to do AAs in the evening for the next week, because I want to keep moving forward on the revisions if at all possible, and I need to do that in the daytime.

And speaking of ZOMG, I got the rough cover art for HEART OF STONE. I don't know if I can officially post it anywhere public yet, so I'm not going to, but ZOMG. I am *way* happy with it!

...dude. I just found it on the artist's website (Chris McGrath! The guy doing the Dresden Files covers! SQUEE!). I think that means I can post it. (ETA: link removed, editor says no showing it off yet.)

Going to the swim meet tomorrow, as today it started and ended late, and because the 7pm train from Cork to Cobh is mythical, I decided I'd rather not risk getting stuck at the train station for an hour and a half. So tomorrow will be my day off instead of today. So I'm looking forward to that. And now I'm going to go rot my brain on a reality show casting for Joseph in Joseph & the Technicolor Dreamcoat on the West End. :)

miles to Minas Tirith: 135
ytd wordcount: 86,100
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
-: brightpeartreealley on May 5th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is one striking cover! Can't wait to see it on the shelves :D
kitmizkit on May 5th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
I'm bery happy with it. And that's a lovely icon.
Jill Mylesirysangel on May 5th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
You are totally blessed by the cover gods, dude. I am so envious! This is beautiful!

(And I don't suppose you'll be giving away any ARCs? *cough*hint*obvious*cough*)
kitmizkit on May 5th, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC)
*laugh* Yeah, sometime in late September or early October, I expect. :)
desperancedesperance on May 5th, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
That is very pretty. As a basic rule: if it's original artwork only, you need permission from the artist before you post it; but if it's the whole cover with text & blurb and so forth, it's your publisher's property in that condition and it's generally okay to post it.
kitmizkit on May 6th, 2007 07:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, my question regarding it is that it's still got some color balancing to be done and stuff, so it's not the Final Sanctioned Version. I may have to take it down Monday, but easier to get forgiveness than permission and all that, you know. :)
Astres - Kate L.: Photo // Emilie Autumn // Writing Backgrastres on May 6th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous cover! I can't wait to read it (you know, in between midterms X.x!).
kitmizkit on May 6th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)


Astres - Kate L.astres on May 7th, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
O.o Oh-kaaayyy....

*takes a wary step backwards*
robinowenswriterobinowenswrite on May 6th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
Cover and ms pages
WOW, fabulous cover... and as for ms. pages, I always revise the Heart books DOWN so they don't take up a ream of paper, so they are usually in the 490s -- Quest was 498 and the ream was short, I really remember that! And the Luna books run about 600. Sigh, I write l=o=n=g. If I wrote shorter I could write MORE books....grrr... I think that's that envy thing you talked about earlier.

Need to train myself to write short!
kit: catedermodymizkit on May 6th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Cover and ms pages
I actually had a lot of fun writing the Cate Dermody books, which were 80K. I did, however, keep thinking, "I could make this so much better if I just had another 10,000 words...!"
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kitmizkit on May 6th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
I've actually never seen it, but that's not detracting from my enjoyment of the casting call any. I know enough about musical theatre to have plenty of opinions, even without knowing the actual show. :)

And thank you! *beam*
Phaedra: wraithmeharet on May 6th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! And congrats! I was just as excited about my own cover, especially when my editor said McGrath was doing it. The COVER GODDESS definitely loves you. I only hope I can continue to be as lucky!


kit: negotiatormizkit on May 6th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, yours is the WRAITH cover! I saw that on his site and thought it was gorgeous. Yay for beautiful covers!
Phaedra: wraithmeharet on May 7th, 2007 10:46 am (UTC)
Thanks, and Ta for the link to his site. I never even considered he had one. D'oh!