Project juggling

Barcelona is meltingly hot. Shame I can’t see any daylight from the hotel meeting room.

Thanks to idle time spent at airports and on planes yesterday, I managed to get two days’ worth of Seven Wonders editing done, which is just as well as I may not get another chance to look at it until Thursday. So it goes.

I’ve also been pondering my schedule for the rest of year – I have two main things to do: rewrite my first novel Dark Heart, and write the next new novel Night Pictures.

I still need to work out how to approach Dark Heart, but really it’s Night Pictures that has me excited. This is the book I think about when I’m not focussed on Seven Wonders. This is that great next project that you can’t get out of your head, that you’re so desperate to start it drives you bananas. This is that kind of project that you have a feeling about. Everything has clicked into place. This is the book you have to write, and you have to write it now.

Or at least once I’ve got Seven Wonders to my beta-readers, which should be by the middle of July.

So Night Pictures it is. I just have to write the first draft of that before I tackle Dark Heart. Although Dark Heart is theoretically less work – being a rewrite rather than a new novel – I haven’t decided what I want to do with it. It needs to go from epistolary pseudo-Victorian first person (I’d ask myself what the hell I was thinking, but hey, it was my first novel, and first novels are like that!) to my regular prose style, it needs to be slightly less steampunk and slightly more magical.

Dark Heart needs more time in the oven. In the meantime, I’ve got a story about lost family, street light interference, television hijacking and Max Headroom impersonators to write.

Roll on July!