a few quick thoughts

A lovely gentleman emailed me on Facebook to ask for a status update on my current novel. His email made me realize I'd been rather lax about the blog. So here, for what it's worth, are a few updates:

  • I'm involved in the final edits of THE GARDEN. Due to the need for a new chapter towards the end of the novel, the dynamics in two subsequent chapters have changed somewhat, so I'm working on the rewrites of those scenes.
  • Another part of wrapping up my final edits includes reading the text out loud for clunky sentences and poor grammar. It's time consuming, but the process helps me catch missing words and/or clumsy phrasing.
  • I'm also finalizing some research on honorifics for Hebrew kings. Yair Goldberg has been invaluable in sending me information, so I should have those details hammered out soon.
  • Speaking of research, I'm working a blog post about the need for research in a novel. I'll keep you posted about that.
  • I'll be talking about Urban Fantasy and Gothic fiction on the newest Mind Meld. Watch SF Signal for updates.

To all my dear friends in New York City and in the northeast: My heart goes out to you in this terrible crisis. Please keep yourselves safe and know that we are thinking of you--and sending whatever aid we can.

dying laptops and borrowed computers ...

Just FYI on why I've been MIA ...

My laptop crashed and my divine spouse is working to restore order to my universe. I won't be blogging very much with anything other than quick updates until I have my computer again.

Meanwhile, I'm working on a borrowed computer and backing up.

I'm working through several blog interviews. I'll have some dates and websites up for you soon.

The good folks at Night Shade are working toward getting the first four chapters of Miserere online so you can have a taste of what's to come. I'll post the link for that when it's available.

Have a super weekend, and I will hopefully be back soon with some thoughts on women and fantasy; Guillermo del Toro's At the Mountains of Madness, and more ...