Links, stats, updates, business cards!

Bunch’a stuff:

  • The Empire State Worldbuilder project is called the “anti-Pottermore” by i09.
  • Mur Lafferty, who is managing the Worldbuilder, has done a nice initial summary of what the project is. We’ll be able to release more information as soon as we can.
  • The Worldbuilder also gets a mention over at Benito Corral Reviews.
  • Kirkus Reviews, one of the longest-running and most influential book review magazines, gives me a shout-out in part two of their look at superhero fiction. You can read part one here.

The other day my new business cards arrived – I mentioned on Twitter that these cards have a QR code on the back, which got a lot of people interested, and I promised I’d post a picture. Here they are:

The QR code points to my website. To me it makes perfect sense to have the code on the card – these cards are mostly given out at conventions, usually in the bar, and while they’re usually filed away in wallets or jacket pockets, everybody has their phone with them. A quick scan, and you’ve arrived here.

Work continues apace on Night Pictures. Apace is such a great word. Anyway, I’m theoretically at the halfway point, although I’m picking, as usual, that this book is going to come out around 120,000 words. Which is no problem, because my 2k/day schedule allows for a 120k draft to be done by the end of September. I haven’t been providing daily stats as I’ve been a little hammered this week, but here’s the latest:

Project: Night Pictures (missing persons, ghost towns and TV hackers)
Words, 19-24th August: 9,615
Words total: 49,645/100,000 (49%)
Word to go: 50,355
Days to go: 36

So, on track, but I need to put some elbow grease in, although this afternoon we’re off to pick up my wife’s new car, so we’ll have to see how much I can get done today. The good news is that after a lengthy set-up, things are getting really weird in the town of Chandler, West Virginia, and all the main players have now joined forces to battle the… whatever it is.

This time next week I’ll be in New York to meet my agent, do some sightseeing and bookshopping, and to eat chicken and waffles while listening to gospel singers (all quite true).