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08 January 2010 @ 06:46 pm
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I’m guest blogging over at Temple Library Reviews about some of the differences between writing comics and novels. Thanks very much to Harry for inviting me to come play at his review site!

As reminded by several persons, THE PRETENDER’S CROWN has been nominated for the 2009 David Gemmell LEGEND Award for Fantasy. It’s on the long list, which is incredibly flattering, and it would be even more flattering to make it to the short list. My understanding is that voting between now and March will winnow the list down, so if you’ve any inclination, here’s the voting page.

I’ve reached about 47K on WORLDBREAKER, a bit shy of my 50K goal for the week. And rachelcaine is over there with 12 days to write another 60K on her book, and my brain is going “I COULD DO THAT.” Well. Once upon a time I could. My wee little brain is not so much in favor of it these days.

I know probably 10K needs to be cut from the first 30K, and much of what will be left will need revising. Part of me feels I should go ahead and just deal with that and get it out of the way. The other part of me wants to keep plugging away and get to the end before I go back. For once it’s not a question of having to fix the earlier stuff before I go on. The basic structure is right. It just doesn’t move fast enough. But cutting 10K just seems so *depressing* at this stage, so I’m leaving it alone as long as I can stand to.

suricattus posted her work schedule for the year, which nearly made me collapse with exhaustion on her behalf. It makes mine look not so bad at all. Mine looks like this:

Jan 15: DEMON HUNTS copy edits due
Feb 06: TRUTHSEEKER copy edits due
(somewhere in here: DEMON HUNTS AAs due)
Jun 30: Proposals for books 3-5 of the Inheritors’ Cycle & 7-9 of the Walker Papers due. Ideally before then. *Ideally* by mid-April. But we’ll see.
Post Jun 30: *wind whistles through a ghost town*

Hm. While I’m posting schedules, here’s this year’s publication schedule:

February: THE PHANTOM QUEEN AWAKES (anthology with a story of the Morrigan)

May: DRAGON LURE (anthology with a post-Negotiator-trilogy Janx story)

May 29: RUNNING WITH THE PACK (anthology with a Regency werewolf story)

June 1: DEMON HUNTS (book 5 of the Walker Papers. Birthday release date!)

August 31: TRUTHSEEKER (book 1 of the Worldwalker Duology)

Busy first half of the year, work-wise. Second half, not so much.

The Road Home: miles to Isengard: 31.3
ytd km swum: 5
ytd wordcount: 17,400

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on January 8th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
Second half, not so much.

. . . at this point. But we're only a week into the new year.
kit: writing_overachievermizkit on January 8th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Geek of Weird Shitgows on January 8th, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Nothing . . . nothing at all . . . potted plant . . .

*whistles innocently*

Overachiever. :D
kitmizkit on January 9th, 2010 08:11 am (UTC)
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on January 8th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
I read your guest blog post and the 'Who:' at the bottom of the entry, and was struck forcibly by the 'OMG, I know a prolifically published author!' stick.

Just sharin'. :)
kit: writing_famouswritermizkit on January 8th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
sometimes I get hit by that stick myself. My life is kind of weird. :)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on January 8th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
Dudes. I'm on a mailing list with Anne McCaffrey, and another with Vonda McIntyre and Ursula LeGuin. Every once in a while I have to shake myself.
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on January 8th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
I suppose I shouldn't admit that I didn't list any of the copyedits/author proof due dates in my to-do list?

*scuffs ground, tries not to think about it*
kitmizkit on January 8th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
If I didn't add mine all I had was "turn two books in", which looked extra pathetic compared to yours! :)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on January 8th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I think we both need to take a deep breath and reconsider our definition of "pathetic."

[I am consoling myself with the fact that I only actually have to _write_ one book this year - ok, 1.5. Everything else is revisions and short fiction. However that is, as ever and hopefully, subject to change...]
Andrea Blytheblythe025 on January 8th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for DEMON HUNTS. I love the Walker Papers.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on January 8th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
you can't DO THIS TO ME!!!

I haven't even had the time to read the books I already have, yet, and you're going to publish all of those this year?
(I have 4 Walker Papers - barely started on the first - Heart of Stone and The Queen's Bastard, all nicely lined up on the shelf reserved for unread books... They're sharing it with Avat Victoria Curam, James R. Lane's Lifetimes, most of James Herriots 'All Creatures Great and Small', and even a couple of Anne McGaffrey books. )

kitmizkit on January 9th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
I believe you're the first person to have ever *complained* about the rate at which I produce books and stories. :) Er, at least complained on the "too much!" side. :)
anthony_lionanthony_lion on January 9th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
Consider it a compliment, if a bit backwards...

I like to stay 'reasonably current' with my readings, but with limited time, and you writing faster than I can read them...

Besides, your tempo makes me feel a little bit guilty about the speed I publish my own writings...
(As in 'nothing but a short that was too short for a hort story competition in the last year'... )
kitmizkit on January 9th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
Well, I've also been going balls to the wall for the past five years in order to accomplish the number of books currently available on the shelves. The big plan for the next five years is to slow down. You can catch up then. :)