Writerly update, April 2012

Been a while since I’ve done an update post, so here goes:

Alt Fiction was last weekend – I was only there for the Saturday and only on one panel, so I’m not going to bother with a write-up – you can read some good post-event blogs here, here and here. I do have some photos somewhere which I’ll upload once I’ve found the camera! Overall I did have an enjoyable day, and it was great to catch up with friends, even though a] the panel I was on was not exactly a success (as those links above mention) and b] I was pretty exhausted from EasterCon the previous weekend (which remains the best convention I’ve yet attended).

With the Discover Festival cancelled, that’s me done for events until FantasyCon in September, which I’m really looking forward to.

Writing wise, the first set of copyedits on Seven Wonders have been sent back to Angry Robot. Seven Wonders, my superhero adventure novel, is out in September worldwide and can be preordered from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com – I’ll put up a page of more varied order links this week. Twitter followers may have noticed a little chat about the cover the other week. It’s Will Staehle again (yes!), and hopefully we can reveal the final version soon. And… it’s good, put it that way!

I’m making progress on The Age Atomic, the sequel to Empire State, which features quantum ghosts, atomic robots, the Cloud Club, and a mysterious woman from New Amsterdam. This is the first book I’ve actually written to a contract, rather than having had a novel done in at least first draft form beforehand. Which is a new thing, as is writing a sequel. But so far, so good. Onwards towards 120,000 words. I need to get the first draft done by the end of June, so my beta-readers and agent can tear it to shreds while I’m away for a month in Europe and Ireland.

Also kicking around is Secret Project S, but more on that when the stars are right.

There’s been some cool stuff going up on the Empire State Worldbuilder site, including a comic, The Silver Specter, by triple-Hugo-award-winning Cheyenne Wright, and a song, The Empire State, by John Anealio. The Forbidden Planet International blog made a nice mention of The Silver Specter, while SFSignal covered John’s song not once, but twice. And finally, Worldbuilder producer-manager-maestro – not to mention John Campbell Award-nominated writerMur Lafferty was also interviewed about the project over at Shared Story Worlds.

And I’m off this Friday and Saturday to see/stalk (delete as applicable) one of my favourite bands, The Dandy Warhols, so I’ll leave you with one of my favourite songs (and one which appears on the Empire State playlist), Good Morning (which is, absurdly, now 15 years old… where the heck did 1997 go?)