Thursday, July 31, 2008

The High King of Dogs

Flying through my new young adult fantasy. I'm on the final polish draft. Writing so fast and for so long my hands are falling off. At three chapters a day I should have this finished by mid-August and off to my agents. It's been a working summer but that's what's called for right now. Play later. Here's a little glimpse into the book. It's not the right time frame but she looks exactly like my hero. The dog's in the book too! There is nothing more noble than an Irish wolfhound, the High King of Dogs. The painting is "Silent Sympathy" by Herbert Dicksee (1894) and I found it on this amazing site:

Monday, July 28, 2008

Book Magic

Damn. I stumbled upon this wonderful image on Stainless Steel Droppings along with all kinds of gorgeous pieces of magical art made out of books, but they are not from a recent blog entry and now I can't find where they are posted. Sigh. Anyway, here's the link. It's only an amazing blog:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Working like a Madwoman

I have good reason not to be blogging as I am writing like a berserkir author in the throes of a book battle. Finished the second draft of my new adult novel at the beginning of the summer and am now heading into the second draft of my new young adult novel. I intend to finish the first over the long months of the wet dark winter, but I intend to finish the second by the end of this summer. I have never worked like this before but there's a fire in my head and it is just spilling out in words.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Armchair Interviews

Well so much for keeping to my word and not blogging. Was it Oscar Wilde who said consistency is a sign of a lack of imagination? Just wanted to blog an amazing review site which I've recently discovered thanks to my US publicist. They have reviewed all three of The Chronicles of Faerie and very nicely indeed. Here it is: Have a look.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

No Time to Blog

Working away like mad. Hope to take a holiday out west in the coming weeks. I'm not that keen on blogging right now. Will probably take a break for the summer - odd word for cold and rainy days - and then return in the deep dark of winter when there is more time for reflection. Have a good one, all you people who live in sunny places!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Prince Caspian

Saw Prince Caspian over the weekend and I have to say I thought it was fabulous. The battle scenes had me biting my nails and my friend squirming in her seat. The acting all round was terrific, much better than in the first film. Trumpkin was particularly good. Though many readers have objected, I didn't mind the little bit of romance between Susan and Prince Caspian, as it made sense given their ages and what we know of Susan's character (the only one who had romantic inclinations in the books, e.g. her betrothal to Rabadash). I'm definitely buying the DVD, unlike The Golden Compass which I wouldn't waste my time watching again.