UPDATE: We're selling Gold Digger at $1 off to say "thank you" to all the Special Forces supporters over the years. Thanks, guys!
25 August: Came back from editor with a comment that the ending was rushed and not very satisfactionary.
(Weekend: Spent editing 40k and writing a new ending of 5k. Also fixed embarrassing research mistakes. I'm an ex-finance journo, I should know better. Also spend a delightful hour playing "hostile corporate takeover" with my partner. No, it didn't happen in the bedroom.
28 August 2012: This is now out to betas who know stuff about Canada. Expecting to see new version from editor today.)
29 August 2012: Canadian betas have come back with good stuff to be included/edited/fixed. Also, we have a blurb and a website.
30 August 2012: Edits back on my desk. Minor tweaks and incorporating Canadian feedback now. (later) Edits back to second editor. It's taking shape.
1 September 2012: Editor feedback on the first 75% in a nutshell: "They fuck like rabbits, so this is way hotter than you said, also, the sex is really hot. Both guys are intensely likeable, but the emotional arch needs tweaking." - I'd call that a RAGING RAINBOW CONFETTI-EXPLODING success. Whew.
3 September 2012: Two more editing passes over the weekend, fine-tuning some motivation and pacing, but nothing major. Back to editor early in the morning. It's a wrap. Now off to get proofed and laid-out. Also, we're selling it cheaper than the length suggests to say "thank you" to SF readers/supporters.
7 September 2012: Back from proofing
8 September 2012: Off to be laid out.
Random Other Note: This is a sweet and light contemporary. Yes it is, hand on heart. Though it does feature Vadim. (less)
A 13k short story that is fairly "different" to what I've been doing recently, but leads right into my next novel (there's a hint of my next novel in...moreA 13k short story that is fairly "different" to what I've been doing recently, but leads right into my next novel (there's a hint of my next novel in there for people who'll read both. :) ). Huge amount of research, very nervous, because it was so difficult and so demanding. (less)
----------------------------------------- My partner described this story as "Disabled German-Named Space Maori in a Haunted House IN SPAAAACE with Polymorphing Monster". Yes, I thwapped him for it.
This was written after November 2011, after "Dark Soul" and started life as "Scorpions in Space!" (harkening back to my fantasy novel "Scorpion") and is in part triggered by Reese Dante's concept art for Scorpion, and part is just the whole concept of "Scorpion" messing with my head (hence the name of the ship).
Further influences were the idea to write a disabled hero for Jody (I hope I did a decent job, thwap me if I didn't!), a discussion on what constitutes a "real man" (thank you, JW!), because the jump to "real human" wasn't far - yes, this is how my brain works. And two movies are in there somewhere, too, namely District 9 and the latest Terminator movie. Pour in, stir, serve.
Kyle is a scarred, broken hero like I love them, though Grimm has my heart.
This also has the loosest connection to Dark Edge of Honor - it's set in the Commonwealth, which has some issues with the Doctrine on one end and the Glyrinny shapeshifters on the other end. I can totally see writing more in that 'verse. For the record, the connection is so tenuous that it's really just a nod in that direction, so reading Dark Edge of Honor is not necessary to get this story.(less)