I pretty much treat this as a noticeboard for new work but I thought I might write a little something more chatty for a change as I’m in a library with internet access and a few minutes to hand.
Don’t worry, I won’t be talking about my pets (I don’t have any, much as I love them – I break the ‘cat or dog person’ rule by liking both) and I won’t be posting recipes (can’t cook, and why should I when takeout is so damn tasty?). No, I thought I’d say a little something about ongoing projects. Which means this isn’t much more than the noticeboard I mentioned earlier, I suppose.
I’m putting the finishing touches to my collection. The stories have been re-ordered several times, taken out, put back in, and I’ve finally got it down to 19. For now. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m finding the decision-making process pretty tough. At least with my novel (yeah, there’s one of those on the go, too) (well, a planned series actually) at least with the novel(s) I know where it’s going and when and how. With the collection I’ve chucked everything in and then shaken it around a bit to see what’s strong enough to stay. And then promptly changed my mind a few times.
Oh, and I’ve changed the title once or twice as well. So far it has been PM: Probably Monsters, and Cut From Dark Cloth, and now Night Fishing, which is the title of one of the stories (due to appear in Shadows & Tall Trees soon). It may change again.
So, as it stands, 19 stories. A considerable chunk have earned their stripes, with TTA Press having the biggest share of ‘first published in…’s, but at least half a dozen are brand new. For now. Maybe, by the time I finally finalise (again) the final line-up they’ll have appeared in a magazine near you…