Five whole working days without a single word more of Children of the Resolution written. It doesn’t sound a lot, but it sure as hell feels it. I don’t care what anyone says to the contrary, coughing fits and copious amounts of snot do not go well with the noble and snotless craft of novel-writing. One flow breaks the other, so to speak, and the rhythm of my writing is one its strengths — so I’ve made myself sit it out until I’m 100% fit.
And I’m getting there. It’s been a stinker, though — not helped by the fact that I haven’t even been able to read much. My eyes have been so watery and sensitive that any attempt resulted in predictable failure.
Not that I’m moaning or anything 🙂 It’s been four years since my last bout of cold/flu, so I’ve nothing to complain about — and last night I did at least finally get round to watching The Bionic Woman, the new version, which may be axed if ratings Stateside are anything to go by.
I wasn’t expecting much. I remember watching the pilot of the original as a kid, and whilst that version may not exactly stand up today, I nevertheless thought it would be hard to beat. The original was colourful, dynamic and American — the new version dark, brooding and with a former Eastenders actress in the lead role. It didn’t bode well.
But I loved it. Dark, yes. Brooding, yes. And the new Jamie? Whose name escapes me. [EDIT: Michelle Ryan.] Yes. All three worked perfectly. There was no real sense that it was being aimed at a twentysomething audience, as I suspected it might be, and overall it was very satisfying. Okay, so the plotting was a bit thin and predictable, but I could overlook that.
And watching Jamie doing her bionic stuff, I couldn’t help feeling that I wouldn’t mind having a woman like that around the house, myself. Ever so handy when you can’t get the lid off a jar.
H/T PD Smith.
This is from Peter’s excellent blog:
“If you are a published writer in the UK you probably know that if you register with PLR you can receive a very modest payment if your books are borrowed from a public library. What you might not know, however, is that the government intends to cut the amount of money it gives to PLR in the future, which of course means less money for writers. If you want to let Gordon Brown know what you think about this, you can sign an e-petition on the 10 Downing Street website.”
As Peter says, payments are modest, but I know I for one will welcome them when I’m finally published. It all adds up — so I’m off to sign. If you are a UK writer (or just have a soft spot for them 😉 ), you should maybe consider it, too.
“When you are writing the book, the moral responsibility is to the truth and the truth of the book. That may sound harsh but that’s the case.”
Feeling rather grotty today (though I am on antibiotics and improving), I awoke to find some promising news in my mailbox concerning The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts. It has been under consideration with an American independent for a while now (not sure what the etiquette is regarding mentioning names at this stage, so won’t) and this morning I heard from their Acquisitions Editor apologising for the delay and informing me that “I have finished reading your novel and if you are still seeking a publisher I will pass it on to our two other readers with a recommendation” and that he “certainly enjoyed the book and [he thinks] there is a market for it.”
Unanimity is required, so it could still be a no. But it cheered me in my moment of need 😉
Cross anything you might have that’s crossable, please.
Richard Dawkins on the strangeness of science.
I’m a little under the weather right now. Sore throat, aching joints etc. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.
There’s nothing more guaranteed to turn an agent off than an unpublished writer saying of their new work, “My friends love it.” They don’t want to know, thank you very much. They’ll judge the work according to their own criteria and nothing will ultimately change that.
And that’s fair enough. Let’s face it, if your job depends on your finding successful writers, it’s probably a good idea not to trust the opinion of a whole bunch of people who quite possibly don’t exist anyway.
But friends and fellow bloggers are increasingly becoming an important part of the writing process for me, in addition to my existing readers. They (yes, you!) are helping me see more and more that I’m not deluded. Children of the Resolution is an important and potentially successful novel, and, yes, I’m doing a bloody fine job of writing it.
So I’m planning on gathering together all the comments I’ve received so far and putting them in one place. It will never convince an agent who doesn’t like my work, but if one who’s already interested drops by, who knows? It may just tip the balance in my favour.
Worth the effort, do you think?