I pulled a muscle in my back this morning while cleaning the bath. I’d like to say it’s living proof that writers shouldn’t do housework, but unfortunately the reality is that this particular writer hasn’t been doing enough of anything active, housework included, to keep herself supple. Many writers are notoriously bad at keeping fit.
So while I wait for the Nurofen to kick in, let me tell you what’s been happening in our writing world lately.
We’re making good progress on the next batch of rewrites for Stars Book 2. It has a current, tentative title of Stars Beyond. We don’t know if that’s set in concrete. We’re at that stage in writing where every change we’re making is a positive change. “This will sound better if we do this,” or “If we move that section down past here the timeline will flow better.” Of course, some of those changes have flow-on effects, but that’s the way it is with rewrites.
We’re heading toward the deadline. We have to deliver the novel in six weeks.
Based on prior novels, there’ll probably a couple of obvious issues we discover really late. It’s amazing how you can go over a book ten, twenty times and still not see something so obvious until the last minute. Sometimes you can’t see it then, either, and your agent or your editor has to point it out to you.
In other news. The ARCs for Stars Uncharted have started going out to book bloggers and reviewers. The publisher has given some away on Goodreads. Keep an eye on the giveaways there if you want a copy, as we don’t always know about these when they happen so we don’t publicise them.
We’re busy putting the finishing touches to our April newsletter. This will include the first chapter of Stars Uncharted, so it’s going to be mammoth. Chapter one’s pretty long, so we’re trying to pare down the newsletter to a reasonable size. We’re getting there. Slowly.