Revision Purgatory

Revision Purgatory is a much better place than Revision Hell. I’m fortunate to be working with an editor who has a great developmental eye and a lot of patience for “what if we…” emails, so I’m definitely not in hell. If I were in Revision Heaven, I could just wave my hand and say “Let it be done,” and lo, it would be all done. So I’m definitely not there, either. But Purgatory is a good place to be. It’s neutral, it’s not distracting, there are no loud parties. Just a few loud cats, but that’s my own fault.

The down side of working from home is that every afternoon my office mates start yelling at me about how hungry they are, several hours before the cafeteria opens for dinner. They also walk across my keyboard and try to rename my characters with their feet.

Anyway. I’m about two-thirds through the big, substantial edits on my Pathfinder novel. I still have to go back and brush up a few things, but I’m trying to focus on the big picture first. I’m pleased with the shape it’s taking. Zae, Keren, and Appleslayer are a lot of fun to write, and I’ve had enough of a break from this story that I can see it with fresh eyes now. I’ve written a whole separate novel since I turned this one in, and having that extra experience at this is also helping me now.

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This sign (on Route 580 in Oakland), is my measure of how deeply into this novel I am, in my own head. If I read this out of the corner of my eye as “Zae and Coliseum” as I’m driving past, I know I’m thinking about the story.

There’s not much to say from Revision Purgatory. It’s hard to update when my updates would essentially be things like “this scene you know nothing about? it now happens after this other scene you know nothing about, and I have to find another reason for them to be doing the thing I can’t tell you so that this other thing I don’t want to spoil can happen.”

I took yesterday off to visit the SF Maker Faire, which was a lot of fun and a needed break, and was also inspiring on a tinkering / creating / inventing-weird-stuff level, which of course is a perfect thing to get me into Zae’s world.

Zae’s world, as it happens, is an interesting place to visit. Check out some of the other Pathfinder Tales novels while I polish this one up. I’m looking forward to sharing more of her story with you!

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Quills and her story are now out in the world! Ebook and audio book are now live, with hardcover and trade paperback to come.

I spent my book birthday at a casual writing day with a few friends and my beloved writing partner, Steve Bornstein, who came out from Austin for a visit. Steve and I have been writing together for ten years now — we originally met while playing on a text-based roleplaying environment called Twisted Kingdoms, which was also where the first incarnation of Quills was born.

I’ve got Pathfinder edits due in a month (more on that in another post!) and a short story due in August, and I’ve got two novels in my editing queue (a normal workload for a freelancer), but I took time out from all of that to spend Quills’ Day penning the opening lines of her sequel.

I’ve listened to the sample teaser of the audiobook, and it’s amazing. There was actual out-loud squeeing.

Where can you get it?

Directly from the Onder Librum store

or from Amazon or Barnes and Noble or other fine retailers.