Sunday, October 29, 2006

Competition

To mark the UK release of DARK DESIGNS on 9th November '06, I thought I'd hold a competition. To enter simply send me an email (see contact details under my pic) with "Dark Designs Competition" in the subject line and include your name and country of origin. The winner receives a signed copy of Dark Designs. I'll draw a name from a hat on 12th November '06. Please note, that the winner will have to provide a postal address.

Research Visit


My word count isn't going anywhere - sigh! However, I spent a productive day on Friday soaking up the atmosphere at Vaughan's place, jotting down important notes about views out of windows and how many steps it takes to get between the gatehouse and the great hall. I got some odd looks, I can tell you, and those from people who obviously didn't realise how silly they all looked with the guided tour phone widget thing clamped to their ears turning in unison whenever instructed.

Anyway, thought I'd share a few more piccies.


Monday, October 23, 2006

WMEWG... or something like that.

I went to meet the lovely Mathilde Madden again for lunch today. Somehow, we managed to find the same pub-restaurant type place as last time. I have no idea how, as neither of us know the area and we set out from the station in a random direction. I guess the place just liked us and was giving out weirdo subliminal vibes or something :-)

Anyway, we had a very pleasant lunch (with the exception of strange man who attached himself to our table without so much as a by your leave for twenty minutes) discussing the foibles of erotica publishing, werewolves, nightmare historicals and naughty man-on-man sex without raising a single eyebrow from the other customers. The hours just seemed to fly by.

Journey was even fun too. Not that I'm much for trains. Return was grim, horrible motion sickness that I only staved off by manically sketching scenes for AGW2 in my notebook. However, getting back to the rather more pleasant journey out... I'm so sorry girls but... You see I kinda got hemmed in by this bunch of Emo girls, who spent the whole journey chattering about Emo boys in drainpipe trousers with too much eyeliner going through their glam phases... and naughty me, I just had to write some of it down . I am, however, extremely grateful to them for teaching me a wonderful new adjective. (Okay, so it wasn't so much teaching me as me blatantly eavesdropping.) So wonderful, I'm not repeating it here, but am instead saving it for awesome future story (or something like that). Certainly adding it to list along with other awesome adjective invented by my son.

Okay, off to do work type stuff that I should have done when I was out galavanting...erm, I mean socializing earlier.

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Recently watched: Ashura (brilliant), The Astronaught's Wife (dire), Torchwood (swoon).
Currently listening to: Still nada, although the CD player appears to be making a recovery.
Currently reading: Sex & Shopping.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Disjointed ramblings.

That's how I'd describe what I've done so far on AGW2. I still don't have the beginning written, just a mess of disjointed scenes that occur later in the book and need fleshing out. The characters are assembling nicely and asserting their personalities - aren't names wonderful things! And I known that I should feel pleased as I've written 10K this last week (a huge amount for me), but I just want that beginning to fall into place. I know what I want to write, but I just can't seem to get it down on paper. Maybe the beginning in my head is not the right beginning for the book. Argh, I'm so not good at first drafts :-}

This week I've also spent a bit of time setting up a MySpace account. There's not much to see for my efforts but if anyone fancies being my friend, please link up.

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Recently watched: Brokeback Mountain
Currently listening to: Nada, as the CD player's on the blink.
Currently reading: Various bits and pieces I'm supposed to be offering crits on.

What type of writer should you be?

You Should Be a Film Writer

You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!


Yeah, that's about right ;-]

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Why I shouldn't be allowed up past 1am.

Every now and then I like to stay up really late and work. After the mammoth bath on Friday evening, I did just that. It was 4am when I finally called it quits. However, I have to question the actual productivity of having done this, since by 2am (if not earlier) my brain is complete mush.

Hence, this little gem...

The scent of honey filled the air. They rampaged through the air conditioning.

Err! What?

They didn't have air conditioning in 1800. Holds head in hands. Methinks the ability to type while asleep is perhaps not such a wonderful talent after all.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Thank heavens for Radox.

Yesterday - get in the zone. Yep! Except at critical moment, phone call. Result - nada!

Today, also nada.

I suppose it's just damn well typical of the mad mercurial bastard, aka Marquis Pennerley, that he won't bloody co-operate. Thinks he's in charge, that boy. Two stinking weeks I've been trying to write the opening chapter for AGW2 (which does have it's own tentative title - honest!) and I've manged about 500 words (shocking - eh?). So, I think, fine, I give up. I'll go soak myself in bubbles, take a few books with me to read, and my swanky new super cool colour change notebook (just in case) and I'll dream a little.

I DID NOT EXPECT TO BE IN THE BATH FOR FOUR HOURS!

Glad I got that out. I swear I'd be completely crap as a writer if I had to live without a tub for any length of time. It's where I have all my ideas.

Anway, aside from being cold and rather pruned, I now have some text. Not, as you might imagine the stunning new opening chapter, but instead a bit from the middle. But, you know, I don't really mind, because I think it's going to be one of those magic Easter egg scenes that makes the whole thing hang together so well. Plus, it includes a bit with two of the new characters who I don't really know yet, and they seem so much more real now.

Off to type it all into coherence, or something like that.

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Recently watched: Dora the Explorer (Kids! I always wanted to learn Spanish! ;-P)
Currently listening to: Formica Blues by Mono
Currently reading: Sex & Shopping.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

I need order...

Another day where I've got next to nothing done. I really must pull my finger out...

Okay, so I did manage to put some review copies of Dark Designs in the post and send off my Sex with Strangers story, but I'm not sure that 5 minutes in the post office is all that much work.

The trouble is, I have three seperate projects whizzing around inside my head (not including the sidelined seckrit project), and as a result I can't concentrate on any of them. Anyone any suggestions? Normally, I focus on one novel and nothing else, but then normally I don't have an editor waiting for me to send them stuff (assuming that very busy editor hasn't forgotten I exist while waiting.)

I did do one thing in attempt to sort it all out....

TADA! I bought a new notebook.

It's beautiful, with a magic fabric cover that changes colour depending on how the light hits it. I thought it was perfect for jotting down all my notes about Vaughan et al for AGW2, after all, he's as mercurial as they come. And I still have space in my old notebook to scrawl notes on the other two projects - perfect.

I'm going to attempt to so some work now.

All right, actually, I'm going to play music and walk up and down the room while I attempt to zone in on Vaughan, an activity that is greatly helped by a glass of port. Unfortunately, we don't appear to have any...boo hoo...
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Recently watched: 21 grams.
Currently listening to: Adam and the Ants.
Currently reading: Sex & Shopping.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Yesterday was royalties day. Sadly, the statement didn't come accompanied by a six-figure cheque (I can dream, can't I), but it didn't look too bad.

Today, my author copies of Dark Designs arrived (woohoo!). It's published on the 9th November in the UK, and 26th December in the US. I'm still not fond of the cover, but I have to admit, it does look striking. I've also enjoyed flicking through the pages and rediscovering those characters. Remy, Silk & Takeshi still occupy a warm place in my heart. Dark Designs was definitely fun to write, so I hope people get the same sort of kick out of reading it.



And, tucked in the bottom of the envelope, was my copy of Sex...and Shopping, which is also out 9th November. It looks like a fab read. I'll be starting on that one later.

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Recently watched: Robin Hood.
Currently listening to: Adam and the Ants.
Currently reading: Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe

Monday, October 09, 2006

Finally...

It's official. I hate writing short stories, they're just so completely draining.

It's taken 5+ attempts, but I've finally finished my Sex with Strangers story. Hurray! Now I can get back to my dandy highwayman and plotting what Vaughan's up to. But first, sleep. ZZZzzzzzzzz!
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Recently watched: Hedwig & the Angry Inch, & 24 Hour Party People.
Currently listening to: Malice Mizer & Adam and the Ants.
Currently reading: Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Too much craziness

I got myself in a real curfuffle last week. Too many projects and not enough time. The result was that I managed to get virtually zero done. I'm feeling a bit more organized this week. So far I've manged to check the proofs for my Sex in Public story and zap it off to the editorial assistant, and get the proposal for Desperate Measures off to BL. Fingers crossed on that one :-] I'm not feeling very confident.

Other tasks for this week: Start the proposal for AGW2, write a Sex with Strangers story (I'm getting nowhere with that one. The idea is there, I just can't seem to channel it onto the paper), think about writing a novella, and maybe...just maybe finally send off my Seckrit Project. That's not too much to do, is it? :-P

Hmm, I still owe my crit partner some feedback too.

Suppose I'd better get to it.

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Recently watched: Legend of Zorro & V for Vendetta.
Currently listening to: The rain outside.
Currently reading: Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe