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* Put the streamers away. It’s only the first draft. I’ve been waiting SO LONG to be able to make this post. Ahem. I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF DIVIDED THEY FALL LAST NIGHT! You have no idea how freaking happy I am right now. I’m still on a high. Last night, I slept SO well. Yes, I know I’ve used this GIF before. It’s as relevant now as it was back then, if not more so. So Divided They Fall has been in my mind since around 2002, making it technically 12 years old now, although it didn’t exist in its current idea form until around 2009. The DTF2002 (that’s my special name for it–it’s code, see if you can figure it out) outline was as, um, “imaginative” as the very first outline of The Genesis (which had the door knockers that talked, and the genetic experiments that also talked, and…

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Alright, nobody freak out, but I’m pushing back the self-imposed deadline of the first draft of Divided They Fall to mid March. I have been working on this book more-or-less non-stop since November 2013. I need a break. I know people are waiting for this book (which is something that freaks me the fuck out. I mean, I have my usual 3 friends (Muse, Richy, Dee–see there’s actually 3) who ask me when the next one is coming, but now I have Internet friends and relative strangers asking about the next instalment. That kind of thing is just…my mind, it’s boggling at the very idea. The Internet, man. It’s a powerful beast.). And I am working on it, but the going is slow and painful. And at the rate I’m going, I just can’t see a finished, workable first draft being ready by the end of January. So to save…

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I have set myself the challenging (but by no means impossible) task of completing the remaining 60k~ words of the first draft of my third book for NaNoWriMo this year. As a result, November will be a stressful month for me while I try to extract all these conflicting ideas from my brain and kind of smush them into words and paragraphs and scenes and eventually an entire novel that make sense from beginning to end. So I apologise in advance for if you get caught up in any of the following that I do in the month of November: Being quiet/unresponsive both on and offline. Talking about nothing except word counts, targets, goals and word counts. Demanding to be left alone. Not eating. Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine/alcohol, depending on the time of day/day of week. Threatening to “punch you in the throat” or “slap you in the dick”,…

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Apologies for my recent absence on social media. I’ve been mostly offline, chillaxing, recovering, and generally soul-searching, which has so far resulted in the possibilty that I don’t have one. I also spent many hours watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which I still can’t decide if I like or not after four and a half seasons. And I’ve been speaking to my proofers and going over the small army of typos that made it through to ARC stage, including my possible favourite, referencing a scooter as a Vesper (which is a cocktail) instead of a Vespa (which is what I meant). I thought I’d already corrected that one, but evidently not! As well as a few instances of rearranging word order. I have nothing with which to defend myself, other than to say I can be an idiot, at times. Anyway, I’ve put all the changes I’ve had so far…

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What is UP?! So I finished the final proofing yesterday, and I’ve put the order in for the paperback ARCs today. My army of proofers are currently reading through the eARCs, ferreting out all the final typos that inevitably slipped my attention. I’m so happy to have this book finished, more than the first one, I think. Now I’m going to take a break for a few weeks, whilst maybe doing a little bit here and there on the next next one, Divided They Fall (Blood of Ages, #2).

So I joined The Magic Spreadsheet, which is a community of writers all in agreement to produce a minimum word count every day. The purpose of the community is to promote consistency and routine, to get (and keep) its writers in the habit of…well, writing. Also, it provides a little competition–and that can only ever be a good thing, right? I won’t be posting daily word counts here. Follow the third book’s journey to completion on Tumblr. Firstly, Don’t worry, I know progress tables aren’t that interesting to those not directly involved with them. I won’t post these often, if ever again. Secondly, The ISBW in brackets by my name is an indicator of how I came across this resource. ISBW stands for the “I Should Be Writing” podcast by Mur Lafferty, which is great for all authors, both published and aspiring. In other news, I got “From The Ashes” back from…

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So…it’s been a while since I did a proper update. In short, life’s been weird the last few months. I’ll probably go into detail on my personal blog once the dust has settled. In the meantime, here’s some updated links to updated versions of “The Genesis”, which now has significantly less typos and other errors. Woot. Kindle US: http://amzn.to/UmjhdG  Kindle UK: http://amzn.to/S9LCxw I’m still hoping to get the paperback version released, but it will probably be some time after Christmas now. Bear with me. I’ll get there =)

My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! My book is out! Did I mention that my book is out? GO BUY IT! Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk Not sure if it’s going to be your cup of tea? Read the sample here! Go on. You owe it to yourself. Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to have a little lie down. All this excitement is just too much for me.

Holy shit, it’s getting close! I’m all excited and terrified and giddy and nauseous. In anticipation of the thousands hundreds tens of sales I’m predicting, I’ve decided to offer a pre-order option for those of your just aching to get your greasy mitts on this book. Click here to Pre-Order* I’ll also be putting up a PDF sample over the weekend, so those of you who haven’t yet been won over by my charming personality and winning smile can get a taster for the book itself. I keep saying this so much that it’s becoming something of a catch phrase, but it bears repeating: THESE ARE EXCITING TIMES, PEOPLE. Get your party hats on, because it’s about to go WILD. * Pre-orders will be e-mailed in the chosen format to the e-mail address provided through PayPal, at midnight GMT on 12th September 2012.

So I’m ploughing through what promises to be the final ever edit I do (before it goes to an editor–that’s right, an actual editor that I have to pay in cash and not in promises of love and devotion) of The Genesis, and it’s painful. See, last October, when I had this oh-so-amazing idea to start the entire first book over again in order to better suit it to the rest of the series’ progression, I wasn’t thinking it through. Yes, in the long run, it will be better, but hell if it’s not painful to work on now. Some plot points that made perfect sense now don’t; some characters are doing things that isn’t right “because the plot says so”; there’s still a fair number of plot points that are glossed over completely. It’s horrible, and I’ve really painted myself into a corner, in that I love the new…

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