20th January, 2011

It’s Friday and the sun is shining, so just a quick note before the weekend. Tonight the final episode of my voodoo steampunk horror novella The Devil in Chains goes live on Dark Fiction Magazine, so check it out. All feedback is welcome!

Project: The Wasp in the Lotus (steampunk/clockpunk novella)
Words today: 1,139
Words total: 11,675/20,000 (47%)
Total words for 2011: 36,156

Yet another sub-2k day, but I did spend a lot of it planning a couple of other projects. One is the sample I need to work up for a post-apocalyptic novel called The Last of the Outlaw Truckers (I’ll eschew a codename here as I love the real title), and the other is for the book after that. I wasn’t thinking much about that book until last night when a giant slab of the plot just arrived in my head, along with a title. Which was nice. The title is Ride, and it’s about a motorcycle gang and an alien invasion. It’ll be a while before I get to it, but in the meantime here’s the song that partially inspired it:

I finished The Dead Zone, and it was quite, quite brilliant. I found the end very moving, in fact the whole book was quite emotional. Definitely the best King novel since ‘Salem’s Lot, I think, which is evidenced by the speed at which I read it (585 pages in about two weeks, which is super-fast for me). As per the requirements of the 2011 Stephen King Challenge I’ll be posting a review shortly. Next up is a break from King with some post-apocalyptic action.

Books: Finished The Dead Zone by Stephen King.
Comics: On hold until February.