Thanks to all of you who’ve followed the blog, been in touch on Facebook or Twitter, posted reviews on Goodreads or elsewhere, and (or) read Act of Faith.
For my next trick, I’ll be doing edits on the sequel over the next few weeks, but we’ll have to wait a while to see it in print. Should be out around August.
In the meantime, have a great summer holiday (or winter reading spell, if you’re in the northern hemisphere) and I look forward to another busy year ahead.
2013. Already? Didn’t see that coming.
Rather quiet, haven’t I?
That’s because I’ve being going through the living hell that is moving house.
But now we’re in, if not unpacked, and still edging our way through rooms crowded with boxes – mostly containing books (I don’t know where they all came from and I still don’t understand how they’re all going to fit in the new house).
I’m in Sydney this morning, having come up for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, in which Act of Faith was shortlisted for the aptly named Ethel Turner prize for young adult fiction.
And what a shortlist. The other books on it were:
- Bill Condon, A Straight Line to My Heart (Allen & Unwin)
- Ursula Dubosarsky, The Golden Day (Allen & Unwin)
- Scot Gardner, The Dead I Know (Allen & Unwin)
- Penni Russon, Only Ever Always (Allen & Unwin)
- Vikki Wakefield, All I Ever Wanted (Text).
I was thrilled and a little amazed to see my book listed alongside those titles. The beautiful Only Ever Always won the Award, and we all dined and felt terribly glamorous in the beautiful Mitchell Reading Room at the State Library of NSW.
Editing has begun on The Sultan’s Eyes, work on the cover design is quite advanced, and I should have the manuscript back to look over the edits in a couple of weeks. What happens then is that I check and recheck, then the changes are made and the editors check it all again, it gets typeset, then we all check it again. And possibly again. By which point we’re all thoroughly sick of the thing and don’t want to see it until it arrives in a box with a picture on the front.
In the meantime, it’s back to focusing on La Maupin and academic conference papers, and a hectic time at work, before taking a summer break in which I intend to read a whole lot of books that have nothing to do with the seventeenth century.
Except I can’t help wondering what would happen if Isabella Hawkins returned to Cromwell’s London…
I’m reading work in progress at Bespoken this week: Thursday 25 October at 7.30 at Hares and Hyenas bookshop in Johnston St, Fitzroy.
I’ll read a couple of chapters from Tragédie. Tom Cho and Daniel G Taylor are also reading from their work. Should be a great night.
More info and bookings here.
After that I’m laying low for a few weeks so I can move house and recover from all this month’s major deadlines and get ready for next month’s deadlines.
I’ve finished writing the sequel to Act of Faith – it’s called The Sultan’s Eyes and it’s with the publisher. I’ve even seen a few rough designs for covers, so things are rocketing along.
I’m heading off today to present a couple of workshops, as part of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, on social media for writers and readers. Looking forward to it, too, because it combines the two distinct parts of my life: my day job, which is all about online learning and training people in the web; and my writing self.
Late next week I return to Brisbane for the second part of my May Gibbs Children’s Literature Foundation fellowship, to start work on the redraft of The Sultan’s Eyes and also to run workshops as a writer in residence at the State Library of Queensland. Most of the workshops are for schools, but there are a couple of public sessions for younger readers/writers on Words that changed the world – subversive books and the forces that tried to stop them.
I can talk about that stuff for hours. And no doubt will.
Right now I’m in Brisbane, working in a vaguely feverish kind of way on the first draft of The Sultan’s Eyes.
I’m here thanks to a Creative Time Fellowship from the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, and I’m posting progress reports including video to my Sultan’s Eyes research log.
Apparently my hair sticks up in all the videos. But that won’t surprise anyone who knows me.