Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The year ahead

2014 is shaping up to be a fairly busy year.

The novel
Towards the end of last year I finished the first complete draft of the first two novels in The Lenticular Series: The Way of the Kresh and The Kresh War. TWotK received a thorough workout at the semi-regular Serapeum Novel Workshop from fellow writers Rjurik Davidson, Andrew Macrae, Matthew Chrulew and Peter Hickman, which helped me sharpen some of the early motivation for my protagonist. Later this month I’ll be getting some structural notes on both novels from Stephanie Smith. After that I’ll be working on the second draft of TWotK with a view to creating a polished final draft for submission and then swinging into a rewrite of TKW.

The magazine
coeur de lion’s latest venture is a free, and DRM-free, emagazine called Dimension6. The first reading period for the mag opens this Sunday and I’m really excited to see the kind of stories we get. As a free mag the aim is to promote coeur de lion and the individual writers appearing between its electronic covers. The first issue is due out on 4 April, but there’s plenty to do between now and then. More information at the coeur de lion website.

The business
Me and my partner, Nicola O’Shea, have now taken the plunge and started a complete book editing and file conversion service for authors. You can find our more at the ebookedit website.

The reading
I’m a notoriously slow reader, and I’m currently straining to finish the Aurealis Award Science Fiction Novel category reading for 2013. After that I’ll return to my semi-regular reviewing gig for The NewtownReview of Books.