November 25, 2008
The first review is in for THE HORSEMEN’S GAMBIT, Book II of my Blood of the Southlands trilogy, which will be released in January.
Romantic Times gave it four and a half stars (!) and said: “Coe manages to take several serious, weighty issues, approach them from distinctly different points of view and make you sympathetic toward characters who sometimes act selfishly or viciously. He absolutely nails the plot and sequencing. This book is the best yet in the series.”
Needless to say, I’m pleased.
November 24, 2008
Today’s post, “The Presentation of Your Submission,” can be found at http://magicalwords.net. It begins a week of themed posts at “MagicalWords” that will deal with issues surrounding manuscript submissions, all of them geared toward aspiring writers. I hope you’ll visit the site and find the posts helpful.
November 22, 2008
Spent the day, pretty much literally, doing yard work: Cleaning gutters, raking the yard, etc. I’m way too exhausted to write a long post, and I fear that I’ll be too sore tomorrow to do anything at all.
But I have to say that I think trees have a fundamental design flaw. I love the whole grow-from-a-seed-and-become-huge thing. Very dramatic. And I also love the leaves-turn-pretty-colors-in-the-fall effect. Lovely. Really. But then things start to break down a bit. Couldn’t the leaves just stay on the branches and then turn green again in the spring? That would be pretty neat to see. Or, if they have to fall, couldn’t they self-immolate upon landing? I mean, talk about a cool, dramatic effect. That would be awesome! Yeah, yeah, I know. This would cause problems if they landed on a house or a favorite family pet. Hmmmm. Okay, how about this? How about if they self-immolate when they land on the ground, but if they land on anything else they simply dissolve, like snowflakes landing on the palm of your hand! Simple, elegant. I like it. Someone should start working on this….
November 20, 2008
Finally seem to be gathering some momentum with the new project. Twenty pages so far this week; not blazing speed by any stretch, but a good pace for this stage. More important, I’m starting to get a feel for the character, for the world, and for the voice I’m using to write the thing. That last may be the most important for me, and the hardest. The last thing I want is for this new set of books to sound and feel just like the last series and the one before that. In part haveing a different setting, a different magic system, and a different cast of characters will take care of that. But there’s more to it.
The prose I write for a new series has to match the themes of the books. For the Forelands books I wrote a lot of castle intrigue and warfare, and my writing reflected that. The metaphors and analogies, the way characters spoke to each other and described their world — all of it was built around the worldbuilding and plotline. This new series is different — for one thing, the world is mostly ocean, and there are lots of isles, so there’s a water theme to my prose this time around. That’s how the characters would think, and so those are the terms I use to describe action and emotion.
Just one example, of course. The point is, it’s starting to come together. I feel myself sinking into the world, acclimating myself to this new creative environment. Fun stuff. On days like these I love my job.
November 19, 2008
So People Magazine has announced its 2008 Sexiest Man Alive and again — again! — it’s not me.
God I’m pissed!