Thursday, June 16, 2011
The structural edits on the - now - 29 Anywhere But Earth stories are done and next up is page proofing. In between I've been contemplating the 'order of stories' as they will finally appear in the anthology. It's been a really pleasing thing to do because it's let me contemplate the spread and the quality of accepted stories all over again. And it reminded me that there are a lot of strong pieces in there. It was only the work of a few minutes to come up with a running list, balancing length, theme, and feel to create some real contrasts of light against dark. I'm now sitting on that list for a couple of days to see if things shift in my thinking before I announce the final order. Then it will be time to bend my mind to a few nuts and bolts issues: ISBNs, page layout, print quotes etc. Slow progress, but progress all the same.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
This story has a very long writing history, which is par for the course with me, being written variously in Sydney and Glasgow and various late night/ early morning stopovers in Singapore and the like while I was going back and forth across the world when my mother was ill and finally succumbed to late onset leukemia.
An early version of it appeared in stages on my livejournal site. But it's moved on a lot since then and, I think, in better directions. Thanks to Simon Petrie for buying it and treating it right. I did have an offer from an earlier editor but they wanted me to get rid of most of the swearing and all of the sex, which - when you read it - would pretty much leave me with nothing.
I also have to tip a nod to the ubiquitous Mr Haines for some early encouragement. I took a leaf out of his book and invested a lot of truth in this story, leavened with a modicum of lies.
Oh, and you can buy it as a pbook or ebook here.
And because we authors like our little ego-boo...
Over at Simon Petrie's blog, 'Mirror' is described as, 'Keith Stevenson's slowly smouldering novelette of sex and aberrant reflections'. Nice!