Apparenty, if you follow the chain of corporate ownership long and far enough, I am and have been working for the same people as make Exocets.
This is what Exocets do. Arguably dragons do much the same, only thing is this: dragons aren’t real, right.
After the number of years I once spent trying to make Exocets pointless, this is actually pretty depressing.
Status update. Haven’t had one of these for a while. Why’s that? Oh, right, because I haven’t been WRITING for a while. Stupid summer holidays. Stupid day-job. Ah well, back to normal soon.
It’s become pretty clear that Dragon Queen is going to need a total rewrite. Which is OK, and for which it will be much improved. Partly this has become clear because of what’s going on with The King’s Assassin, which has made a couple of things obvious, and partly because of the Gazetteer. Mental note: write gazetteer first next time <sigh>
The King’s Assassin is close to being ready to submit. The gazetteer is useable and will come with hyperlinks this time (not that any of you care, but it’s for me, not for you, for MEEEE and some serious shit is about to hit a serious writing fan in a week or so whent he day-job finally goes away FOREVER as I beat Dragon Queen into shape for the end of the year and draft out the first third of … uh … some other thing that we shall call the Sodium Hydride project. More of which later.
And finally, summer saw the publication of what will almost certainly be my best-selling words for a very long time – the introduction to the Gollancz 50th birthday edition of Pat Rothfuss’s Name of the Wind. Rumour has it Pat may be coming to the UK in November. You are all to welcome him in your viking suits.
Er… and then I had a bored moment at some point…
 A couple of months
Given what kicked off last night, I’m not in the mood for talking about books much. I’m half tempted to repeat last week’s cartoon & subsitute “Subjegated disenfranchised drugged underclass” for “Impending Doom” but maybe that’s reaching. So have another Test Card instead.
A full first draft of Dragon Queen, the other sequel to The Order of the Scales now exists. Proofing of The Warlock’s Shadow has finished. I shall be at the Debenham Arts Festival on the 23rd of this month. I may be repeating myself. If I am, that’s because it’s a . . .
a . . .
a SLOW NEWS WEEK.
Well it is of your news coverage is confined to the narrow limits of how many words I, specifically, have laid down on various works in progress. Unfortunately this is only going to get worse as, save for the occasional re-drafts of The King’s Assassin and Dragon Queen, the bulk of the next six months will be dedicated to Secret Project G about which little can be said except that it’s secret and involves the letter G. Although thast might be a code-letter. Add to that the demise (for now) of Diamond Cascade, and there could be weeks when I don’t blog at all. To avoid this horror from beyond imagination, I have made a series of
T E S T C A R D S
Further may occur when I can’t think of anything useful