One of the two beta readers had gotten the book back to me. She reports liking it, but pointed out a fairly major problem. I think we can fix it by installing a prologue. That's what I'm going to try, at any rate. I want to have the manuscript ready in time for the Diverse Voices Pitch (#dvpit) event on Twitter. That means I have to get my ass in gear. The other beta reader is AWOL, which has me very worried.
At least the book isn't a loss, though. She *did* like it.
I'm finding myself much more influenced by David Mitchell than Chuck Palahniuk these days. I think of it as a fairly natural progression for me, but I am wondering how people will take it.
On that same note, the Lambda Awards did come out with their short list for the prize this year. I won't lie--I'm disappointed. I *really* thought Remains had a shot. I'm not mad at the choices they did make, though--lots of absolutely fantastic books on that list. I just thought Remains was good enough to at least make the short list.
Onward and upward, I guess.
As you can see, the website hasn't come together yet. Still fiddling with it. I think soon, though. As I said before, keep an eye on the social media for a launch announcement.
After 8 years of working from a home desk that was just a hair over 3 feet long (I wrote 4 1/3 novels from it), I finally decided it was time to move up to one that was more of a decent size.
I know this would be a "so what?" moment for just about anyone else, but picking things like new furniture takes time for me, even when, in the end, I go with what could be described as the most bland, flat-pack furniture version of a nearly-six-foot desk imaginable. Still, it's nice not to feel so cramped.
An awful lot of books I start reading have been going on the "did not finish" pile, lately. I ended up not liking The Eyre Affair as much as I thought I would, for instance. I'm teaching an Intro to Science Fiction class at the moment and re-reading the books along with the students has been fun. This was my fifth time through Dune and I fell in love with it all over again. This is my third time through Neuromancer and every time I feel more and more for Wintermute's dilemma. This time through I went looking for art on the web to try to describe the cyberpunk aesthetic and came across Josan Gonzalez's amazing work.
It's April, so it's time for all "my stories" (as my grandmother used to call her soap operas) to come back on. Legion, Westworld, The Expanse...the writers working on these shows are not just good, they are benchmarks for how good writing can be. I'm also digging on some of the new shows, and I hope they pull through. AP Bio, Champions, Krypton...I think these show really great potential. Check them out if you get a chance.
As always, thanks for all your support. If you have read one or more of my novels, please do me a favor and stop by Amazon or Goodreads and leave a review. Positive or negative, they really really help other readers find my stuff, and I would really appreciate it.