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New Gods, new look! Okay, cheesy as hell. But sometimes cheese is good, right?
What isn’t cheesy at all is the fab new banner crafted by fellow comic book and general SF afficiando Lee Medcalf, to whom I am eternally grateful for his mad skillz. Lee can be found on Twitter as @CartoonBeardy, and his excellent blog is linked to the right there. Lee is currently slagging off my favourite author, H.P. Lovecraft, over on his site, so be sure to pay him a visit and post spam in his comments. Tell him I sent you!
Why the change? Well, steampunk is dark and monochromatic and greasy, while superheroes are bright and breezy. So this blog is now in presented in colour-o-vision! Behold the fine blue background, it took ages to find the right shade.
So my thanks to Lee, whose banner will be proudly displayed as I tackle my second novel!
Back from the cliffs of North Devon. Normal service will resume shortly!
…you spend hours adjusting your blog’s CSS. But hey, it’s fun to learn by trial and error!
Now if only I had a microphone like Kermit used to have…
Lost Metropolis footage found! Well now, there’s something nobody thought would ever happen. Fans of Fritz Lang’s 1927 magnum opus will be dying for the footage to be restored all crisp and shiny-like and Blu-rayed as soon as possible (can I use Blu-rayed as a verb?). Speaking of shiny, Pantechnicon has a nice, new, clean look, and a new issue as well – go and grab the entirely free PDF of issue seven, and while you’re about it, check out the forum, where you’ll find me as Carnacki. Actually I’ll have something coming up online in a week or two, and I’m also pleased to say that my short novella prequel to Dark Heart, The Devil in Chains, will be published in two parts in the PDF edition of Pantechnicon, starting with issue 8. I’ll be blogging more about that when the time comes and offering delicious samples of voodoo steampunk goodness here, of course. And staying with publishing and writing, I was talking to Gwen Gades from the quite frankly hot Dragonmoon Press, and she mentioned a few rather interesting titles they’ve got coming up. If I were you I’d visit the site and load up your shopping cart. And another book you should all be snapping up is Wiffle Lever to Full by my friend Bob Fisher – if you ever want to really, REALLY know what goes on at Robin of Sherwood conventions (I’m entirely serious), then this no doubt the definitive tome. Bob will be launching his book at PM2008, a one-day celebration of all things related to The Prisoner, being held on Sunday July 13th at – my favourite place ever ever – Portmeirion. Oh boy! I’ll be there representing the Detroit Ninja Academy, so do feel free to challenge me to a quick bout of Kosho should you see me lurking around Hercules Hall looking for trouble.
Oh, and with 90 days to go until my deadline Zoe came along and told me she needed her own chapter about her midnight adventures in the ice fog. Nothing like adding another 2000 words to your list when you haven’t opened Scrivener in weeks!
Penmachno to be precise. Blog to resume in a few days. I have local ales to sample!
Nothing like a week off to rejuvenate and clear the mind. Especially when said week includes my second-favourite place in the whole of the UK, Avebury. Boring holiday snaps to follow!
Book progress since 1st May: precisely zero. Disappointing? Of course, but it’s important not to fret about it. We have house guests staying until the end of June, and there are several days of holiday coming up, and I’m still re-establishing my daily routine after a period of entirely expected disruption. So, there are 139 days left until my self-imposed 100,000-word deadline, and with 93,391 words to go my required daily wordcount is up to 671 words.
So we’re ok. I can relax and not worry – there is little point. If you are stressed about writing, which is supposed to be something you love and that you need to do, you’ll quickly sap the enjoyment out of it and it becomes a chore, a daily slog you feel obliged to complete.
While Dark Heart has not moved in two weeks, I am making progress on my ever-growing reading list. Crystal Rain is a mighty fine book, and presents an interesting technique – in 358 pages there are 83 chapters, which means most are only a couple of pages each. The effect of this is to a] make the book feel like it is rattling along, and b] make the book quite easy to pick up and put down, as if you are short on reading time you can take a chapter or two at a time, which is pretty satisfying.
Works for me!