Wednesday, July 12, 2006

If I could have anything at all...

... right now it would be time. Time time wonderful time - and the energy to exploit it.

As we can all see, it has been nearly a month since my last post which reflects just how manic life is right now. Yet, with a little gentle prodding from an appropriate quarter, here I am at last. Progress on books 2 & 3 is steadily frenetic or frenetically steady or are these oxymoron. The aim is (Lord willing) to have Book 2 - called Lamplighter - out May next year, that being 2007, and for Book 3 - of a name I shall not at this time disclose - a year later.

Thank you to those who have taken the time to comment here, or email me. Such encouragement - constructive or enthusiastic - is sheer gold and makes this whole writing thing a doubled delight.
(Apologies to Alex for my absence from Redifinition camps - I've taken a hiastus from youth group leading to live other lives.)
(Apologies also for any distractions from study. Ah... procrastination, friend and foe...)

It has been asked if there will be other series after this'un - I sure hope so. Depends on the success of MBT I suppose, but if it were up to me, most certainly. The Half-continent was and is still being made for many many many stories to happen in. It was made first for the stories to come second. Which leads me to a misconception I have encountered regarding "Foundling": that some think I spent 13 years on that one story, which bain't the case. 13 years and counting for the world itself (think of it as researching my subject matter, only I invent as I research. Yeah?) & about 18 months for the 'Foundling' story, from go to whoa, using the setting of the Half-continent that I have been constructing.

Today for breakfast I ate All-Bran [TM] with Milo [TM] liberally sprinkled on top. Mmm.

Half-Continent synonyms for real-world terms #002

car =
pull-caboose or autalentum/lentumauta or necessarium - sometimes abbreviated to necessary, as in "Please, let my man convey you forthwith in my necessary."

10 comments:

Charlotte said...

Absolutely LOVE your book. Most impressive, superior to any "adult" work I have read in a very long time indeed. I am now sitting in delicious anticipation for May of 2007 to arrive. Genius, really. So glad to have arrived in your world...

evil1i said...

Waahhh! I can't wait until May next year. This simply won't do, won't do at all! Loved the first one and especially loved the details like the pictures of characters and the maps (I love books that have maps in them :).

Any chance you will publish any larger versions of the maps anywhere (like maybe the Blog or the web page)???

Okyoureacab said...

I was browsing at the library this afternoon when I came across your book for maybe the second time. The first time, to be honest, the rather scary design on the spine turned me off. But I picked it up today out of curiosity, and it intrigued me. So now I'm reading it. And I like it. And the maps. Thank you for something interesting to read this week!

baraholka said...

What a creative and old world publication. I feel like I am CS Lewis or Tolkin as I hold MBT in my hands and sit with a Twinings tea to read and escape from everyday life.
Impressive!!!

longinvs said...

I havent read a book from cover to cover in years and strolling through the aisles in my local BN bookstore one afternoon i encountered your book. I read it in one afternoon. The characters are great and I find I already miss them. Like the other posters i too will eagerly be awaiting next may!

suspicious hat said...

I always select my next book bases entirely on cover design (i know, bad habit), and i feel in love with MBT the moment i saw it. It's wonderful, i haven't been able to put it down. I cannot wait for the next one!

Bard said...

I loved MONSTER BLOOD TATTOO. Do you plan to turn it into a feature film? Do you have representation in Hollywood?

madbomber said...

Gday, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading Foundling. The world is immersive and quite unique. When I heard the next book won't be released until next year I almost cried. Well I didn't but I did think DAMN! I guess it's going to be a long sleep for Rossamund...;)

I have informed my Literature lecturer of your work so that hopefully she will find it necesarry to add your work to next years reading list. We have to promote Aussie writers at Uni, and especially South Aussie writers! Good on you.

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Anonymous said...

i have a good idea of lamplighter, cause i think rossamund is some how related to a monster. Remember when Craumplin explains how john-tallow is a bit off too humans, but is attracting to monsters? it says that rossamund thought it was attracting. ALso, licrius says that rossumand smells weird, and if u read it correctly, i think its monster weird.