So the blog has been a bit quiet of late and bound to continue so. Shhh! I’m writing a book!
NaNoWriMo is doing what it’s kinda supposed to do, as far as I’m concerned – it’s kicking me back into habitual writing. I’ve been struggling all year with time shrinkage and my various parental etc (so much et cetera!) responsibilities, and not getting much of anything done. But I gritted my teeth and started this 6am thing (most days). The fact that it started working early on did, of course, spur me on. Funny how success tends to be encouraging!
Slowly, slowly, I’m remembering how to write books. More specifically, how *I* write books. I tap into my barely-veiled addictive personality, I challenge myself, and I turn up to the damn chair. So far, so good.
The first time I did Nano, I blogged nearly every day. Not only those damned wordcount bars, but reflections on what I was writing, and how I write. The second year (which was 2009) I blogged everywhich way, including possible typing with my ears. Words poured everywhere because I was writing WITH a three month old baby, and the more fiction I wrote, the more I wanted to blog as well.
I suspect that won’t be happening this time. I’ve been giving a lot of attention to my blog lately and now having great fun with the enormous secret which is the book I can read and no one else can – the one I’m writing!
But I have also been neglecting talking about another important book in my life – Ink Black Magic, the new Mocklore novel is out now as an ebook from Fablecroft! It’s available on the Kindle and also from Wizard’s Tower Books which means you can get a copy BEFORE YOU FINISH READING THIS BLOG POST.
You can also pre-order a print copy direct from the publisher.
The cover is so pretty, and I am excited to see what it will look like as a solid book!
For those of you who read the original two Mocklore novels, Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold, this may well be the third book you’ve been waiting for (sadly it won’t make a matching set but at least you can HAVE it finally). If you haven’t read those books, then Ink Black Magic was intended to be a new start for my Mocklore Chronicles – it was written for new readers as much as old, and I hope that if comic fantasy with pirates, witches and chaotic magic sounds like fun to you, that you’ll enjoy it as a standalone novel.
On the other hand for those of you who are completists, Splashdance Silver and Liquid Gold are both now available as e-editions, and Tehani of Fablecroft has been nice enough to put out Splashdance as a 99 cent edition (until Dec 31 2013 only!) – and 62 pence in the UK.
So this is the month for BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS, the making of, the selling of, and hopefully some buying too.
But mostly head down, writing. Because sometimes you just have to immerse yourself in steampunk fairies and knightly engineers and magic cat disasters and earnest girl scientists and houses that want to kill boys, and evil enchantresses, and warped Victoriana, until you’ve made the world a slightly better place.
Not this world, obviously. That world. The one I’m working in when all you can hear is the clicka-click clicka-click of my keyboard.