July 2008


Progress continues on Dawnmaid.  After two more quick exchanges the editing is finished, and will probably appear on the virtual shelves next week sometime.

It is school holidays here in New Zealand.  Winter term break, so two weeks of playing in the snow, and  playing video games inside by the fire.  I expect my progress with Wintermoon Ice will slow as a result.

What I am listening to:  Niafunke/Ali Farka Touré

What I am reading: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ship and Boats/ Graham Blackburn

add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank

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The first editing round of Dawnmaid is finished and I think it was pretty painless.  At least for me.  My editor at Mushroom Books might think differently!  I still have a bit of work to do on one passage, but I wasn’t sure what changes he wanted so I have written to ask for clarification.  Being able to work by e-mail and track changes on Microsoft Word makes all this very easy.

I hope the work will be finished soon.  Dawnmaid might be out before the end of the month, but I will have a firmer idea when we finish the next round of editing.

What I am listening to: Minor Earth, Major Sky/a-ha

What I am reading: Warlords of Mars/E R Burroughs

add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank

I added another snippet to the review tab, also for Heart of Hythea.  Dandelion, from the Long and Short website was kind enough to take a look at my work.  It is a good review, nicely balanced between positive comments and also a couple of criticisms, so I feel pretty happy with it.

Have a look here, if you want to read the review in its entirety.

Thanks again to Andy, who must spend all day just finding cool stuff to do on the internet, I have made a Wordle of Sons of the Mariner. The names of the main characters should be pretty obvious… (more…)

My lovely little word counter widget shows I am making some progress with Wintermoon Ice. Today though it looks like I am getting a case of the flu, so it might slow me down a little. So far the writing has been good, nothing like the beginning of Dawnmaid which as you may remember was just an uphill struggle.

In this book I am alternating chapters between a story set in the present with one set in the late 20’s. I did quite a bit of research on the period before I started, and I hope to get an authentic feel. But since the world is ultimately of my own creation I don’t have to be 100% authentic!

The peoples of this world, (I haven’t given it a name) are born with birthmarks, called Soli, that determine which social strata they will inhabit. At the top are the Harps, the lowest are the Snakes. My heroine, Suvi Markku, is a Harp, but she abandons her privileged position to help others during a war.

Hope that gives you an idea where the story is going for now. There is bound to be lots of violence eventually, as well as some sex and romance, of course!

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What I am reading: Warlords of Mars/E R Burroughs

What I am listening to: Neon Bible/Arcade Fire

add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank

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