So here we are, trying to get back in the groove. The third Demons book is due July 1st, which means Some Serious Work Ahead for me.
But, it also occurred to me yesterday that it’s May. Which means it’s almost June, which means it’s almost summer, which means it’s almost time for another Summer Series. (My typo almost led me to write “It’s almost sumer,” which would imply a superagricultural Mesopotamian event about to occur, but no.)
Which means I have to decide to what subject to dedicate at least part of my summer blogging. Any suggestions? What would y’all like to hear me blather about? I doubt it will be quite as involved and lengthy as the Strumpet series–remember, July 1st deadline–but if the topic is meaty enough I’ll simply delay it until after said deadline has passed, when I have a bit more time.
(I haven’t forgotten my plans to expand last summer’s Strumpet series and turn it into a PDF, by the way. Look for that by the end of the summer, too, as part of my new website.)
I feel all disoriented still. It’s weird but great to be back, but it’s also hard to settle back into a routine. At least, a routine other than the “Watch ‘Good Eats’ in bed every night on DVD” one we’ve got going here. I do love Good Eats, though. We also have several seasons of The Office (US) to catch up on, as only the first two have been shown in the UK (I think–that’s all we’ve seen, anyway).
What else? I had several topics to discuss when I started this post (hence the title) but it all seems to have disappeared into the ether. Sigh. Perhaps part of my problem is that, while I’m digging the Mac, I’m finding web-surfing more difficult than it was. Not because there’s a problem–sort of–well, okay. Here’s the thing. When I type a web address in the address bar, it isn’t saved there in Safari like it was in IE. This is how I used to flit around the net; I had several addys up there and the rest in my Bookmarks. Now I don’t have my Bookmarks and I don’t have a drop-down address list thingie, so I have to manually type the addresses in, which sucks. Any advice?
Oh, and here’s something interesting. Moviegoods.com has done a list of the 100 Sexiest Movie Posters–at least, according to them. The hubs and I strongly disagree with some of their choices; it appears in at least a few cases they’re looking at it in a “Half-naked woman automatically=Sexy” way, or going for one with a famously sexy actress on it rather than an actual sexy poster. (We also feel it’s a bit of a cheat to include Bond movie posters, because, duh.) What do you think, if you feel like following the link and taking a look?
Goodness this is a dull post. I apologize, everyone. I will be back up to snuff soon. My mind is otherwise engaged at the moment; I’m still not sure how happy I am with my revised version of CITY OF GHOSTS, and what to do about that. Everyone else (that is, my editor, Caitlin, and Psynde) likes the book and says it’s great; they liked it even before the revisions that I think made it better. But I can’t help but think of what it *could* have been.
Yes, I know this is in large part simply how I work. And how a lot of others work. I love my books for the first 30k words or so. After that I generally think they’re garbage. Rereading them usually assuages that, but…it’s not really happening for me anymore. The last three of my books that I’ve read I have not particularly liked, or rather, I haven’t felt they were anywhere near good enough. Perhaps this is because I know they’re going out into the world, into (hopefully!) the hands of people who actually paid money for them? People who will be justifiably angry if they buy the books and find they’re a jumble of incomprehensible mess? (Intellectually I know the books are not a jumble of incomprehensible mess. But still.)
I suppose it’s better to think of lots of people buying and hating them, than of nobody buying them at all. Neither brings me much joy, though.
Oh, and by the way, the second Downside book is now called UNHOLY MAGIC. That is the permanent title. CITY OF GHOSTS, which has been through quite a few title changes, is officially CITY OF GHOSTS again. So, the first three books in the series are officially:
CITY OF GHOSTS
And I will have back cover copy for UNHOLY MAGIC pretty soon.
Now I’ve whined long enough.