Another year has turned over! 2015, wow.
I hope this will be a great year for me in terms of completing manuscripts and perhaps starting new ones. Right now I’m working on final (I hope) edits for THE KEEPER OF THE MISTS for Michelle at Knopf, which I hope I will finish today or tomorrow. Then I will immediately switch back to the rewrite of THE MOUNTAIN OF KEPT MEMORY for Navah at Saga. Then I will do the quick revision of the first 100 pages of THE WHITE ROAD OF THE MOON for Michelle and send that to her. By then, I expect Caitlin will have sent me her comments on the current draft of THE WINTER DRAGON, and I will revise that one more time and then send it to Navah. It isn’t due till next spring, but I expect I get it to her before that. Meanwhile, the complete draft of THE WHITE ROAD is due this September, so I’ll need to write the rest of that.
All that and I would still very much like to finish the sequel to HOUSE OF SHADOWS this year. And perhaps start a third BLACK DOG book. So this will be another busy year for me.
What is it that keeps me going with all these layers of rewrites and revisions and so on? It is not the sheer drive to write, believe me. That’s great when it happens, but it’s not something I count on, and it has nothing to do with revision anyway. Partly what keeps me going is a sense of obligation (I have contracts! With deadlines!), but also important are things like this:
… and all the reviews and comments written by everyone else, all year long. Thank you all.