Promethean Sun, Nocturne, all that jazz
Yo, sorry that it’s been a while. I would make some promises that I’d be a better and more frequent blogger in the future but fact is I’ve said that before and still I lapse. Let’s just say, I’ll blog when I can but when in the midst of a serious bout of writing I just don’t always have the time.
So, some thoughts of Promethean Sun. Well, I’m obviously hugely pleased it has been so popular. I never actually looked at all the Facebook stuff I’d be hearing about bemoaning BL’s decision to make this limited ed, nor will I. I wrote this story knowing that it wouldn’t be read by all the fans, at least not right now (it will be available in a couple of years, which does suck a bit I suppose), so there’s nothing hugely revelatory in it. I’m working on two other ideas that sort of link to the story, at least in so far that they’re Horus Heresy era and have the Salamanders and Vulkan as their main protagonists. So, sorry if you’re miffed that you didn’t get a copy. I reckon all the absolute die-hards must have one, though. Despite initial reports, due to the website kind of breaking, Promethean Sun was available for a few days. It’s great being the one who starts something (i.e. the first ever HH limited ed novella) but you’re also kind of a guinea pig for finding out the wrinkles in the system.
Okay, enough of that. On to Nocturne. I’m about 56,000 words in and finally starting to see how this thing is going to shape up. Wow, third books in trilogies are really hard to write. There was so much to remember, so much time opening old files from the previous two novels and checking things. At times it’s been hellish.
I guess that’s part of the reason I’m sat in my kitchen with Shakespeare chewing my cabinets and causing general carnage, and not out enjoying the holiday time. I booked three extra days off you see. On account of the Royal Wedding malarky, it sort of turns into an eleven day holiday instead of two chunky weekends. I took the three days. I’m planning on reaching 70,000 words by the end of it and having a big fat slice of the novel done; I just needed this blog time as a warm-up.
Oh, I have a short story to write too. That, I promised my editor for the end of this uber-break. Depending on whether or not I get that 70k in the bag will determine the truth of that statement. I figured that if I write 2k a day for the entire break (with time off to watch movies, go out, have a few beers, go tobogganing, train for a half-marathon/triathlon – see how my time is so full?) then I’d get to the golden mark of 70k. If I get ahead and do some bonus words then I’ll get on to the short story too. It’s only 5k but could be a bit of a derailer as far as the novel is concerned, so I need to be careful.
In other writing news, if you’re in and around Leeds next Saturday then get your butts over to Travelling Man for about 1pm. I’ll be there signing Fall of Damnos and anything you put in front of me with my name on it. I’ll also answer questions about Promethean Sun and the Tome of Fire trilogy if you’ve still got any.
Okay, I reckon that’ll do by way of warm-up. Enjoy the time off if you’ve got it; if not, don’t work too hard. Catch you later.