I’ve received the (nearly) final galley proof for my cyberpunk novella, The Dogs of Cyberwar, and I have until Monday to go over it and correct any minor mistakes. As the editor says, this is not the time for major corrections — mostly just things like typos, mispellings, grammatical mistakes that escaped us the first time, etc. If I don’t find anything major, this will be the last I see of the novella until its release date, on November 30th.
I still haven’t seen the cover art, and I’m anxious to get a look at it. But of course we have a month and a half to go, so there’s no huge rush. Presumably I’ll have a chance to critique it a bit and offer suggestions, such as “I don’t really picture Luis wearing a beanie with a propeller.”
In the meantime, I’ve nearly finished Murderous Requiem. No, really. I’ve just completed the last sex scene and now all that remains is the climactic scene in which the villain gets his comeuppance and All Is Revealed. I’m still not convinced the “mystery” is completely obvious to any reader who isn’t baffled by Murder,She Wrote. (For those of you who never watched the show, the killer is revealed in the opening scene, leaving the audience to wonder, Why haven’t we turned the channel yet?)
I’m trying to wrap it all up before NaNoWriMo next month. My original plan for that was to write another murder mystery, but as I suspected would happen, I’m pretty much burned out on mystery, at the moment. Instead, what’s caught my attention is sword & sorcery. So I’m returning to a YA fantasy novel I’ve nearly finished (still a few chapters to go) and the sequel will be my NaNo project. If I can possibly finish up the end of the first one this month, that will be a bonus.
I have most of it plotted out, which is exciting, because until now I’ve had absolutely no idea what was going to happen in it, apart from the ending. (It is, of course, part of a trilogy.) This month has been incredibly busy, but hopefully things will calm down soon.