Friday, October 17, 2014

Some New Thangs

So Shamblers has now been sent off to my publisher. Initial feedback is good but there are still a few hurdles to jump before it starts through the whole acquisitions process, if it does. Pretty well a repeat of this time nearly 5 years ago. Which I have to say, I'm pretty excited about. Deep down I was worried I might get an outright rejection, particularly as this book is very different from Blue Jade. The initial reaction is very encouraging. 

While I'm waiting, I'm thinking about picking up the Weight of Souls again. It's one of those books that's been hanging around my conscience for years. Over time I've picked away at it so it's in a pretty advanced state. I reckon a couple of months' solid work would have it good to go. No idea where I'd send it afterwards. It's not really a Scholastic type book, I don't think. In fact I'm not really sure what it is at all. Possibly YA? Maybe adult? One day I'll work out the difference, maybe. But whatever it is, I really like it, and I think it's worth continuing to plug away at it whenever I get time.

I'm also hoping to do a bit of reading. At lunch today I picked up a copy of Clariel by Garth Nix. I was a bit surprised to find only a single copy at the back of the shop on an obscure shelf with the spine facing outwards. Come on, folks, this is Garth Nix! This is a new Old Kingdom book! High time he visited that shop for a signing, I would say.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

While We're on the Subject

Another day, another drawing. This is Fib Digonius, a character from Shamblers.

It may well be true that his best days are behind him. Just don't let him hear you say it.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Short Wait

After many feverish hours I've finally finished Shamblers and sent it off to the publisher. My timing wasn't brilliant as I found out after I sent it that she's having a week off, so I won't find out whether it's publishable until sometime next week. At least it's not as long as the 3 months I waited the first time round.

Speaking of holidays, I'm on holiday myself this week, and seeing as I now have some evenings free I've been getting into some character drawing. Here is Monsieur Le Ponce De Montbatton, a character from my (as yet unpublished) story The Circus on the Head of a Pin.

This is a pencil sketch that's been enhanced by Photoshop, which I downloaded yesterday and which I've been desperately trying to use. After much trial and error, this is the result.

I must say I'm pretty happy with it. Still lots to learn, but I have 30 days before the Photoshop trial runs out so I should be able to give it a good go.