It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. I apologize for that. I have, on the other hand, been writing.
I finished Grave and sent it to my editor, and she sent it back with revision notes (when I say notes, I mean phone call), and one of those revisions is a single sentence long and…not so small.
And Cast in Flight was not finished, so I set Grave aside to percolate and finished Cast in Flight. And then, because it was — I know this will shock you all — way too long, I then spent the time cutting 11k words, and sent the book to my editor.
And then I read books, and wrote a review column for F&SF.
During that time, I continued to plug away on War, the only book that is not somehow killing me. That will come later, when I’m near the end and realize it’s … too long.
I am now working through Grave.
In the mean-time, I am mostly off-line. I kind of hate it, because it does make me feel like I’m working in a tunnel, and I miss the friendly icons and the encouragement of interaction. But when focus is shaky, I find everything more interesting than work — and I can lose a lot of time just reading things on the internet. Or becoming hugely anxious about them when I can’t do anything. And then I have used up all the writing time, without actually writing, and I can only do that once in a long while.
My current daydream is: I finish the revisions for Grave, finish War, and start writing when a deadline is not so close it looms above me like the sword of Damocles.