Tag: Terra Insegura

Inspired by my own cover art

This sentence didn’t exist in Terra Insegura until today’s revisions, though the scene it’s part of did. Compare it to the cover art: They watched as Karl and the rest of his tiny band of followers exited the shuttle and headed across the vast flat expanse of the spaceport toward the looming towers of the …

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Short story sale, and an end to Warhol!

I just had an email tonight that I’ve sold a short story, “Waterlilies,” to Space & Time Magazine. Yay! It’s the humorous tale of an artistic nanotech apocalypse. (No, seriously!) And another big Yay!, plus a sigh of relief: tonight I emailed my children’s biography of Andy Warhol to Enslow Publishers. I had to put …

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Cover art for Terra Insegura!

DAW just sent me a sneak peek at the cover art for Terra Insegura, my next novel, due out in May. The cover’s by Hugo Award-winning artist Stephan Martiniere (who was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award this year). It’s completely different from the Steve Stone-created cover of Marseguro, but I like it! Now …

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‘Tis done!

I just emailed the finished manuscript of Terra Insegura, sequel to Marseguro, to Sheila Gilbert at DAW Books. Now I wait for her reaction and notes, after which I get to rewrite the whole thing one more time! And here, for those who have been following along at home, are the final stats for the …

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The first sentence, and the last two words, I wrote today

The first sentence I wrote today: The first thing Richard saw, as he started to climb out, was the towering cloud of dust and smoke to the east, behind the first range of mountains.The last two words I wrote today: THE END Yay! So, here’s the final tally: Total words: 109,298Final batch of words written: …

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The first sentence I wrote yesterday…

The flash came first. Words yesterday: 2,680Total to date: 104,998Percentage complete (100,000/120,000): 105.0/87.5 The end is so near I can taste it, but I’m not there yet, and with other things that must be done today, I think it will be tomorrow before I finish. Oh, and I’ve gone over the 500 mark in manuscript …

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The first sentence I wrote today…

The results? Death, destruction, misery on a grand scale.Words today: 2,964Total words: 102,318Percentage complete (100,000/120,000): 102.3/85.3. I think I’ve solved my problem of yesterday and, indeed, reached the climax–or at least the start of the climax (and an explosive one it is, too–literally) today. I have also, as you’ll note, achieved my contractually specified word …

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The first sentence I wrote today…

Andy King looked around at the rest of his team: Justin, looking pale and in pain, but composed; Derryl, implacable as always; Annie, mouth drawn into a tight, determined line. Words today: 2,543Total words: 99,353Percentage complete (100,000/120,000): 99.4/82.8 Didn’t get my 5,000 today, mainly because I seem to, um, be having some problem reaching my …

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The first sentence I wrote today

(Well, technically, yesterday, since it’s after midnight, but it feels like today): Karl Rasmussen had had just about enough of the fog. Words today: 2,759Total words: 96,812Percentage complete (100,000/120,000): 96.8/80.7. Not a bad count, but not enough. I had to write an entertainment story for the Leader Post and tomorrow’s CBC Web column today, then …

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The first sentence I wrote today…

…is back! I’m plugging away hard at Terra Insegura now. I can see the end, off in the middle distance, and hope to reach it this week, do a complete rewrite next (!), and submit it by the beginning of March. Well, that’s my hope. Right now it looks like it’ll probably come out at …

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An astonishing example of telepathy on my part

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Hey, aren’t you supposed to be finishing up the sequel to Marseguro? How come I haven’t seen a ‘first line I wrote today’ update for a while?” The reason, dear reader, is simple: I have been fleeing a deadline for ages, but it finally caught up to me, …

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The first sentence I wrote since the last time I did an update on the first sentence I wrote…

The pool was blessed relief even after just a couple of hours without water in her gills.Words since last update: 2,564Total words: 85,069Percentage complete (120,000/100,000): 70.9/85.1 A bit slow these last couple of days for a variety of reasons. I still have some hope of reaching an end of the first draft by the end …

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