I finished Project: Scenic Route yesterday, and there was much rejoicing. Well, more a mild state of ebullience, but it's basically the same thing. The completed draft, likely the first of several, has been sent off to the editor for safekeeping and my gelid eye has turned to other pursuits.
Interestingly, my first novel for Black Library, Knight of the Blazing Sun, took me roughly six months to write. My second, Neferata, took me seven weeks, give or take a day. This one, however, took me less than six weeks. I think there's room for improvement, however. Six weeks is a mug's game. If I could cut it down to a cool five weeks, that'd be something to crow about, don't you think?
I spent the morning editing "Nestor Burma Goes West", which has also been dutifully sent off to the appropriate editor, though for Black Coat Press rather than Black Library. This afternoon was spent with old friends as I began to go over the final type-set of Neferata, which will likely take me a few days at most. After that, it's polishing off a few pitches and finishing up "The Gotterdammerung Gavotte".
After that's done, I think I might try my hand at submissions for the forthcoming Urban Green Man anthology, as well as the Airships & Automatons anthology and Nightmare Magazine. It's good to have goals, right? Heck, why stop there...I've been meaning to get to work on Project: Never Sleep, so now's as good a time as any.
Oh, and I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you that issue 21 of Hammer & Bolter is out, and that for those of you interested in such things, there's a contest.