Monday, January 05, 2009

Back to work

Okay, no real excuses this week. No distractions. Diet's back on, work is back on, and--ooh look, it's snowing! Ahh, pretty pretty, and the kittens are going nowhere near it. Daisy is curled up by the fire--that's how impressed she is by the cold stuff outside. Only a dusting, not even enough to throw snowballs for Pepper. Or at Pepper, depending on how well she's behaving.

Anyway. Where was I? Oh yes, work. Well, I started on a new idea for Changeling, in the cyberpunk-ish genre as mentioned. At the moment it's just called Empire, but my editor and I are thinking that might make for a series name, if this one does well, so it'll need a proper title. I'm working on that while I finish the story. What's it about? A shape-changing tigeress who's tired of being married to a neo-puritan; a vampire with a sword, a bionic arm and psychopathic tendencies; a drowned world; microchips and underwater cities; lying and tigers and bareness, oh my.

I've also got to get Kett kicked into shape so I can send her back to my editor at Samhain, and then I really want to get the Untied Kingdom cleaned up and submitted to agents and editors again. It received a round of unequivocal form rejections last time, so clearly there's something wrong with it.

I'm looking at going to Washington for the RWA conference this year. You know what sparked this off? Filling out the health form for the blood donors, getting to the 'Have you travelled outside the UK in the last 12 months' bit, and ticking 'No'. In fact, not for about two and a half years. How depressing is that?

In other news, I had a dream last night that I phoned up my brother, who went away this morning with his friends, to check he'd arrived okay because a lot of roads had been closed. This morning, I open my curtains to see snow on the road, and hear that travel is, indeed, difficult. Spooky or what? I warned him to be careful, and also to take a map in case he needs to make a diversion!

I also had a dream I met the woman who was going to make my wedding dress. We'll have to wait and see on that one (but if it comes true a) it's a gorgeous dress and b) how bloody weird would it be!)


  1. You can have some of our snow if you like. Heck, Archer and Merlin say you can have ALL our snow.

    V weird about the dream...

  2. You sold me on "underwater cities." Sounds awesome just from that!

    And good luck with Untied Kingdom too.

  3. It's funny Jan, but my white cat actually seems to like snow: it's the only time he's ever camouflaged. The kittens, who are black, don't seem to have actually been outside in it yet.

    Naomi, I'm just getting to the 'underwater city' part. As yet, I have NO idea what it'll be like!