Tell other people.
Tell your dentist.
Go on, be lovely.
So recently I had a nearly catastrophic computer cock-up, which coincided nicely with me taking a few days off to recharge my creative batteries. With both of those now sorted, I can finally get back to work on SNIDE.
It always feels a bit like a copout to take a few days off writing. I set myself a quota, and when I don’t meet it, it does tend to feel like I’m slacking. Once I get back to work though, that notion is gone. It’s hard to explain, but I can feel a change in the writing, like a great pressure has abated. Once that pressure starts building, so it feels like every word you type is being forced, that’s when you know it’s time to take a breather. Writing, for me, always feels a little like that anyway — usually because I get myself so caught up in jesus, I have so many words left — but when you start running dry it gets so much worse.
But now the reservoirs are full, and I can get back to it.
Also, in other news, I’m holding in my hands right now a printed copy of Lore and Order. It’s the preview copy to make sure it all looks good in book form, and I am pretty happy with the result if I’m honest. Hopefully you will be too, once you can get your hands on it. I’ll have more information about that in the nearish future I should think.
Finally, still planning on doing audiobooks on both Diplomancer and Lore and Order when I get a minute. Reading your own stuff aloud is quite daunting actually, especially with regards to something you wrote so long ago like Diplomancer, just need to psych myself up for that.
The answer is that he prepares things he’s already written so you can get to read them!
So while I might currently be in lazy-mode when it comes to finishing off SNIDE, that does mean I can do some stuff with getting Lore and Order ready for you all. Largely, in this case, it means getting the print version all formatted and everything, which is a longer job than it sounds. To be fair, most of the job is waiting to get a prototype in my hands so I can see it for myself and know that it’s ready, but even then, I can’t release it right away. Once that’s all ready, then the real work begins.
And by real work, I mean someone else’s. That’s when all the PR mumbo jumbo can happen. I’m pretty sure it takes longer to put a book out than it does to write the bloody thing, but I’m also sure that it’s well worth it.
I’m pretty excited to see the cover on an actual book too. It’s such a beautiful cover on a screen, it can only be better on a book!
We all know that we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, and we all do it anyway. And quite right too – you might not get a completely accurate impression of the book from its cover, but you get an inkling. If, say, it’s done in MS Paint, you can be reasonably assured, for instance, that the author may not have taken the correct care and attention.
Whether this is true or not doesn’t matter, it’s the perception. This is why I like my covers to look good. I couldn’t release Diplomancer without a cover that I thought stood out – which, if statements from many people are to be believed, it does – and the same is true of Lore and Order. The book is ready to go, but it needs the bow atop the package. I’ve got the same guy who did Diplomancer’s cover working on it, and I’m excited to see what he comes up with.
So excited, in fact, that this entire blog post is really just a clandestine way of nagging him.