What I’ve Been Doing …
I realised that I haven’t done a “What I’ve Been Doing …” update for a little while. That’s because I have been revising the manuscript for The Gathering of the Lost (The Wall of Night, Book Two.) Revision is hard work, but I enjoy it. I find that this is the time when the book really comes together in terms of plot and character development, motivation—and working in those layers of texture and nuance around the world, as well as bedding in the themes playing out through the whole series. It’s a demanding, exciting and challenging process–and a great moment when you feel it all coming together. Right now I am reworking the final chapter of one section of the book in terms of motivation and although I’m still very much at the hard work stage, today it did have that ‘coming together’ feeling: great stuff!
And of course I shall be doing more of the same tomorrow.:)
Those of you who follow this blog will know that I’ve also been thinking a little bit about epic fantasy lately, here, as well as still enduring that quaky shaky aftermath that is life in Christchurch at present, here.
I was thrilled when Plains 96.9FM, the radio station where I do my poetry and book interviews as part of the Women on Air programme, resumed broadcasting on April 6. (The building, although undamaged itself, was in a high risk area post-earthquake so it took some time to get back into the premises and then up and running again.) Things are still getting fully back into swing so I won’t be doing my first interview until May 19–but I’m delighted to let you know the interview will be with YA Fantasy Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series. The former began with City of Bones, while Clockwork Angel kicked off the newer series. I hope to be talking with Cassandra Clare about the latest Mortal Instruments release, City of Fallen Angels, as well as Clockwork Prince, the second in the Infernal Devices series.