Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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There was a delightful two- or three-week respite from snow here, and suddenly, yesterday, the sky shat awful quantities of wet, heavy white stuff. It's still coming down. Please, someone turn off the machine. I've had enough. Okay?

The last few weeks have been a mad rush (well, not consistently - more like languid periods of inactivity broken up by brief spurts) of activity. Though the final draft of Crowley's Nightmare had been completed, it still needed a proofreading and a synopsis. The former is almost done, the latter being mentally outlined as I write this. I've got got six query letters (all to agents) circulating, but it will likely be weeks before I hear back from any of them. My first book, Nine Days Down, garnered some interest a few years ago, but I ultimately stopped submitting that one simply because, over time and numerous re-readings, I realized it was a "drawer novel." That is, it was a good exercise, but not something I'd be happy to see in print. (Of course, the rejections had nothing to do with it, did they?)

Meanwhile, Night Terrors is coming together fantastically. It's the first novel in which I've had a pretty good idea, throughout, where it will go and how it's going to get there. Granted, there are surprises and sub-plots that seem to pop up unbidden as I'm writing (which is always fun and welcoming, though it can present a challenge during future drafts). We're some 30,000 words, about 100 pages, in and I'm having a blast with it.

And, well, there's that other damn job I actually get paid to do. Responsibilities. Let's make a deal, right now, you and me. When you see my books in a store or online, please buy them. In return, I will entertain you full time. Quid pro quo, yeah?

2010's Book List (not in order of preference, but in order of completion), So far. These are all fantastic. You should read them.

1. Mean Spirit by Will Kingdom.
2. F My Life by Maxime Valette, Guillaume Passaglia, Didier Guedj
3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
4. Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker
5. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

Next up:
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Drood by Dan Simmons