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Martha Wells

My Flying Lizard Circus

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I am nearly, nearly almost done with the last Raksura novella. Like, on the last paragraph. This was one of the longer novellas, around 40,000 words, and it was a bear to write. One of those where I kept writing a scene, going back and doing it over again, then again, and maybe again, and changing my mind about how the mystery was going to resolve which of course means going back to the beginning and rewriting all the related scenes. Writing as a job is emotionally scarifying but sometimes it's also just plain hard. And I still haven't thought of a good title.

The moving-the-water-lily project is not going well either, in that the water lily is still where it started out. I've been having a lot of anxiety issues lately, which makes being productive kind of rough.

The audiobook of The Siren Depths is included in this sale, for $6.95. But the sale is apparently for members of Audible.com only.

More new books out:

* A Wizard's Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Hanna has spent her life hearing about the adventures of her namesake Ananna, the lady pirate, and assassin Naji. She dreams of the same adventures, but little does she know she is about to tumble into one of her own. Hanna is apprenticed to a taciturn fisherman called Kolur, and, during a day of storms and darkness, are swept wildly off course.

* Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick
It's been three months since Drothe killed a legend, burned down a portion of the imperial capital, and found himself unexpectedly elevated into the ranks of the criminal elite. As the newest Gray Prince in the underworld, he’s not only gained friends, but also rivals—and some of them aren’t bothered by his newfound title. A prince's blood, as the saying goes, flows just as red as a beggar's.

* Slightly Spellbound by Kimberly Frost
Tammy Jo's romance with the wizard Bryn Lyons is on hold while her ex-husband is in town trying to remind her of the good old days. Choosing between them isn't easy, and it doesn’t help that a skeletal creature is spying on her, a faery knight is hunting her, and she just made friends with Evangeline Rhodes--a rich witch who thinks her own family is trying to kill her.

* And Drawn Blades by Kelly McCullough is up for preorder.
Once one of the world’s greatest assassins, Aral Kingslayer has finally reclaimed his swords and his soul. But the forces that destroyed his patron Namara twelve years ago are still there, waiting, and his past as a Blade is never more than a shadow’s breadth away.

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Will you be doing anything else in that 'world' after this?

I'd really like to, so I hope so. I don't know yet if it's going to be possible or not.

Haven't quite had to do any big rewrites yet, thankfully. My dread right now for whatever reason is having to describe a lot of details again in the second book I'm working on that were all mentioned in book one. Trying to find the mix of what I feel should be recounted and what should be omitted for the sake of the reader (since I feel it is a series of books that should really be read in order) is a pain sometimes, and sometimes I just want to copy/paste my original description, but in the interest of keeping it...well, interesting, I abstain from doing so.

I also seem to be a bit dialogue heavy and not as detail oriented as I'd like to be, but that could just be the nature of first drafts for me.

Edited at 2014-05-08 02:52 am (UTC)

Yeah, it's tricky, figuring out how much information you have to repeat.

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