Sunday, July 27, 2008

Turns out, I'm not so good at sleeping in.

So last Sunday, I put the finishing touches on Dead Harvest, and got it out the door. Since then, I'd spent the entire week daydreaming about staying in bed this weekend for as long as I damn well pleased; after all, it wasn't like I had any pressing reason to drag my ass out of bed and plant it in front of the computer, what with the book finished.

Yeah, the best laid plans...

Long story short, my official website (not to be confused with the literally zeroes of unauthorized fansites out there) has received a much-needed overhaul. It's a little prettier, a little classier, and it's been updated to reflect the completion of the new book. So if you aren't busy (and since you're reading this, it's a safe bet you aren't), go give it a gander. If anything ain't spelled right, let me know. Ditto broken links or lousy formatting.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to come up with something to work on next weekend.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Now what?

I'm not one to go trolling for comments by posting open-ended questions on my blog, but what the hell am I supposed to do with myself now that my book is out the door? I mean, obviously I've got a couple shorts kicking around in my head, and some thoughts on two potential Next Books, but for the moment, I'm still too close to Dead Harvest, too invested in it, to give anything else the attention it deserves.

Last time, the answer to this question was a whole lot easier: get querying. Say what you will about the soul-crushing crap-fest that is finding an agent, it does provide no shortage of busywork. Now, though, who knows? Maybe I'll overhaul my website. Or post here on a slightly-more-regular basis. Or maybe I'll just watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog a couple dozen more times. That's productive, right?

Incidentally, as I read back the first sentence of this post, it strikes me that people only ever tell you what kind of person they're not when they intend to immediately undercut that assessment. I mean, nobody ever says, "Now I ain't racist," without following it up with something that makes you think they should get their asses out of the gene pool...

Friday, July 11, 2008

"The Big Score" Now Available!

The new issue of The Back Alley, featuring the likes of Patti Abbott, Jack Bludis, Tony Black, Greg Lee, and yours truly, is now live. Editor Richard Helms has put together one hell of an issue, and I'm psyched to be a part of it. It's online, and it's free, so what are you waiting for? Go check it out.

Oh, and while you're at it, why don't you check out what Bagley and company have got cooking over at The Lineup? You ask me, those guys are doing God's work, taking poetry back from the beret set. Their first issue is action-packed with some of crime-fiction's heaviest hitters, so go and get yourself a copy like now.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Dead Harvest Update

Twenty-odd pages of B-story this weekend, and I'm delighted to say the second draft is done. At 86,000 words, it's quite a bit longer than the previous draft. Having cut nearly 30,000 words during the editing of The Angels' Share, I find the fact that this one got longer pretty damn disconcerting.

Now, a quick read-through to make sure all the stuff I inserted formatted correctly, and then it's Katrina's turn. That's maybe the scariest part of the process, inviting somebody else inside your head to take a look around, but it's also the most exciting. Not much left to do now but cross my fingers and hope she likes it.

And by "cross my fingers", I of course mean drink.