Deadlines! I have them!

Apparently you’re not supposed to open a blog post to apologise for not posting anything for ages, because the chances are you’ve lost the inclination to blog, and your site will be nothing but a succession of excuses scattered sparingly across the months and years, before your site is finally mothballed.

But in this instance I’m going to break that rule, because I’ve got a pretty good excuse for not posting anything for a while.

I’ve been busy.

Which is probably not news to anybody, but, so it goes.

I’ve been working on:

  1. The Machine Awakes – which is now at the final read-through before I send it off to my agent.
  2. Secret project 1 – which I can’t talk about.
  3. Secret project 2 – which I also can’t talk about.

The Machine Awakes is the second in the Spider Wars sequence, following from The Burning Dark. It’s not a sequel, it’s another standalone set in the same universe. I think it’s pretty solid currently, but it’s going to go through the wringer with both my agent and editor before it gets to anything like publishable. Which is all part of the process!

I guess I can drop some clues about the other two projects. One is a novel. One is not. Both of them will be out next early next year. Both of them should be public knowledge in the next few months, which will be great, because I really can’t wait to talk about them. They’re both completely different, and they’re both dream projects.

All of the above, secret or not, have deadlines, which is why I’ve been busy.

So there’s a lot of stuff that has popped up here and there online, and I’m not going to try and cover all of it at once (because writing this blog post is less time working on one of those deadlined projects), so I’ll try and post a few links now and again.

Today’s round-up is all about interviews!

  • I was interviewed over at Bleeding Cool about The Burning Dark.
  • I spoke to Mur Lafferty on her podcast I Should Be Writing about books, writing, writing habits, and the importance of… I Should Be Writing!
  • I was interviewed by My Bookish Ways about The Burning Dark.

Last weekend I was also the feature interview in my local newspaper, The Sentinel, based in the nearby city of Stoke-on-Trent. By complete coincidence, The Sentinel is also the newspaper in the Empire State

SentinelYou can read the interview online here.