Saturday, September 29, 2007

Flora Redux!

So, I'm back and happy to announce that FLORA REDUX is done, finito, punto finale, over with, gone baby gone. The only thing left to do now are line-edits, and then off she goes to the copy editor, and then to the typesetter and then beyond my ken, and out of my hands.

Whoo!

It took, quite obviously, longer than I anticipated to get finish. This being my second go-around on the final draft front, I have discovered that, like housing renovations and childbirth, it always takes longer than you expected.

But I'm pretty happy with the end result (will I ever be THRILLED with the end result?--doubtful) and eager to see what everyone thinks. However, I shall have to wait until August of next year to get feed-back because that's what the publishing date has been pushed to. Originally, as ya'll know, REDUX was scheduled for the Spring, but various considerations made the Powers-That-Be decide that summer would be a better slot for it. Sorry, but there it is, and hopefully worth the wait.

Otherwise, I don't want to be spoilery, except to say that just about everyone from SEGUNDA is back, some more than others, there are a few new additions to the mix, a lot more action, some of it death-defying, and, of course, waffles.

Now that that's out of the way, I'll be back to posting semi-regularly. For those who stuck with me during that long blog-silence, thanks! I'll try to be twice as entertaining to make up for being so long completely un-entertaining!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Me, Again!

I swear I did not immigrate to Outer Plutonium, or remove to a secret location at the bottom of the North Atlantic Trench, or board the Marrakesh Express, next stop LaLa Land.

Rather, I have been diligently hunched over my trusty thinkpad, hacking out the final draft of FLORA REDUX.

Yeah, you've heard that one before, I know. But it's true, and now I can say in all absolute honesty that I am within striking distance of The End. Which means I shall be back to more regular blogging soon--but not quite yet.

Next week, I think. By October 1st at the very latest. I apologize for the blog silence, but please understand it's for a good cause. And, believe me, it's taken superhuman Will to keep from aloof from blogger and livejournal--for we all know, diddling away your time tracking the trivialities of your life is so much more fun than actually writing.

Anyway, I don't know why you'd be wasting time with me, anyway, when Michel Faber has a new one out: Vanilla Bright like Eminem. I haven't read it yet--another feat of super human strength, because my copy is sitting not ten feet from where I am now typing, whispering promises of the fabulousity contained within--but I know it's terrific because everything Sieur Faber writes is terrific. And also, because The New York Times says so. (For once, The NYT is surely right on the mark.)

So get thee out, get the book, and by the time you are done, I'll be back.