Slow Going

There’s a post over here on Nick Kyme’s blog that I sympathise with. I’ve been trying to bring Sword of Vengeance to a close for a few weeks now. It’s now very late. This isn’t something that I’ve done before (well, not really), and I’m kind of annoyed about it.

The problem isn’t getting up to the word-count (though putting 125,000 on the page always takes a while). In fact, I’ve got considerably more than that sitting on my hard drive, and there’s lots of editing to do on it. No, the problem, frankly, is Aaron Dembski-Bowden. All six of you who read this blog will know of my admiration for Soul Hunter. As far as I’m concerned, it’s everything a 40K novel ought to be, and it’s raised the bar for the rest of us.

So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about SoV, trying to get it to work as well as I think it can. Writing tie-in fiction has pretty low kudos in the larger world of literary endeavour, but when it works, it really works. The stuff that Dan Abnett and AD-B are turning out at the moment ranks alongside anything produced in ‘original’ SF/Fantasy right now. And with A Thousand Sons tearing up the charts, perhaps BL is finally getting the mainstream attention it’s deserved for a while now.

So, it’s an exciting time to be writing for BL. There’s a clutch of inspirational writers doing great things, and it’s a blast to be part of it. After SoV‘s out of the door, I’ve got a massive project coming up which I’ve truly excited about. Of course, I have to finish my current one first, so I’d better get back to work…


Toby Young into 40K?

You read it here first. Toby Young, the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People (made into a film in 2008 starring Simon Pegg) is a closet 40K fan. Take a look at this article. It’s entitled Americans in flyover states are Ork-like creatures with low foreheads and torsos pumped full of custard. Offensive? Almost certainly. True? Couldn’t possibly say. The point is he spells Ork with a K. It’s possible there are other kinds of Orks out there, but I’m not aware of them. So either he or his sub-editor’s been reading Rynn’s World, and that is, of course, highly reassuring. One of the reader comments on the article is great:

What is an “ORK”? I Googled ORK and found:
“savage and violent Orks and the cruel and fickle hand of the Gods that watch over them” – which certainly does apply to some Americans – e.g. Bush Snr & Jnr; Reagan, and their cohorts..
However, I wonder if you really mean ORC.

No, he meant exactly what he said.

In other news, the euphoria from BL Live has all but died down, and I’m back to actually writing. Which is great. I had a chat with Nick Kyme on Friday about future projects, which has literally kept me awake at night with excitement. However, all of that depends on me actually getting my current stuff in on time (or, to be more accurate, late), so I’m going to try and ignore it for a week or so.