There are average writing days and there are good ones. And there are very good ones. Today was very good.
The first part was that it was a productive day. I cleaned up chapter 15, bringing me to page 449 of a manuscript I really liked, and began the clean up on Chapter 16. I’m enjoying these characters tremendously, while trying to keep a lid on the story. I said Dragon Keeper was going to be a single volume stand-alone book, and it will be.
It will just be a rather fat single-volume stand-alone book. 🙂
Then, by real mail, I received my copy of Soleil’s L’Assassin Royal. I’ve been excited about this happening, but I wasn’t prepared for the rush I got actually holding it in my hands. It is beautiful. Gaudin and Sieruac have outdone themselves. This is a glossy covered hardback graphic novel, with lovely endpapers. I looked at them for a few moments before I even began to turn the pages. There are so many good bits in here, so many captured moments that I can’t begin to list them off. Nosy. Fitz’s first encounter with the Fool. Molly. Chade as Lady Thyme. It is just amazing and wondrous.
There is a small fly in ointment. In this first edition, one of the pages is reversed. Pages 12 and 13 are transposed. It will, of course, be corrected. And having survived a book with an entire dropped chapter(!!!) I think I can weather this with equanimity.
As if that were not enough for a great day, I then received an email from Yanni at Subterranean Press. Attached was the cover art of A Fantasy Medley. It is both lovely and striking! With a bit of luck, I’ll figure out how to upload it to my pictures and others will be able to view it there.
So. Just one of those days when, despite sawdust everywhere from the kitchen remodel, kids underfoot, a psycho pigeon trying to move into my office and a cranky Siamese cat, I still feel like I really am a writer. And it’s all worth it.