Monday, May 28, 2007

The Return

Look, I know, I've been back two weeks and have failed to blog. Truth is, I had a scramble on to get the third book of the trilogy done and dusted and back to my wonderful editor in New York, Nancy Siscoe. (It's called 'Possession' now, as Knopf felt 'Ragnarok' was just a bit too Norse Saga-like). Then, with barely a day to say hallo to wife and bairn, I plunged into the actual writing of The Last Confession aka The True History of Dracula.
Romania truly inspired me. I will find time to tell more of my trip - and, of course, you can still catch up with the PODCASTS below.
I'll share this as well. I have decided to write the first draft in longhand. I always do quite a bit of writing with my pen. Fill notebooks in fact. But I have always written the drafts straight into the computer. This one just feels different. I want to blast it out, feel that old brain/hand transfer. There's a time element too - I want to deliver by Christmas. Mainly, though, I think this tale will be shaped by how its written as much as by what the story is. So I have my notebooks, my Waterman fountain pen. So far, knock wood, all is going well.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

London Revisited

So, I am back in London. What a trip! I hope you are able to follow the podcasts - just click to the right there on 'Podcasts', wait till the dial moves across and click the arrow. My friend Gerald has done amazing stuff, finding photos and sounds. I'll try to do some more literary notes at some stage for those who prefer to read. But Romania followed by that jewel Istanbul... I am going to need some time to digest it all.