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Progress Report February ’24

A day late and a dollar short on this one, for which I blame February and its inadequate number of days. A disappointing month, even in a leap year.

But the work continues . . . The Devils is basically finished, line edit done, and its copy edit should be coming back shortly – generally that’s a more mechanical exercise carried out by a specialist copy editor, focusing on the details like getting the right punctuation, consistency of names and times and geography, though a good copy editor will pick up on all kinds of stuff you likely never thought about with timeline and clarity of writing. Still, we’re talking sentence level changes, in general, rather than significant rewriting. Once that’s done I expect Advance Reader Copies will start wending their way to various authors, critics and tastemakers of the genre, and we’ll see if I’m still capable of outraging the public. Fingers crossed on that one.

So the last couple of months have mostly been spent thinking about, planning, and doing some exploratory writing on the sequel. I’ve written a horribly sloppy and unsatisfactory version of the first part of 3, maybe 50-60,000 (bad) words or so. There are some characters carried over from the first book but also some new voices to work out, and a new plot and setting to tackle. My approach with these books has been to get a rough idea of where I’m going, dash off a first part to see what works and what doesn’t, then rethink and rewrite as I come up with a more accurate plan for the whole book. This is usually the time at which I most hate the book, myself and the world, and this book is proving to be no exception. But now comes a period of going over, sharpening up, slimming down what I’ve written and adding new stuff, getting a better idea of who the characters are, where they’ve come from, where they’re going. Generally you find some things work nicely off the bat and give a good framework for what’s to come. Other things are a bit crap and need rethinking. Hopefully you come out of that process with a much tighter first part that sets up a more formed idea of the rest of the book, not to mention a better feeling about the whole project and a sense of confidence going forward (let’s hope).

A lot of people, understandably, asking after the Best Served Cold film. All I can say on that is there’s nothing I can say until there’s something I can say. As soon as there is something I can say I’ll say it, believe me. Having been involved in quite a few film and tv projects over the last decade or so I can tell you it’s always a baffling, surprising and frustrating business. Things lurch forward, then halt, then take steps back, then forward again, like an indecisive drunk on a bender. Projects get announced in a blaze of excitement, then dropped in awkward silence, then suddenly resurrected in a new form. So . . . we’ll see. Don’t hold your breath, would be my advice . . .

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2023 In Review

My God, can it truly be that another year has flashed past? Happy Birthday to me! 49 today, 17 years since I was first published and god damn it if I’m not still a fresh new voice in this genre. This time last year I was hoping for better times ahead following twelve months of […]

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Progress Report October ’23

Happy Halloween! Hard to believe we’re almost at the end of 2023. Ooooh, they go faster every year, though, don’t they, things aren’t what they used to be when I were a lad etc. The WGA strike is at an end, which is great, and even greater, it seems from most reports that the writers… […]

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Progress Report August ’23

Time ticks away… The current WGA strike is now well over a hundred days long – longer than the last one – which has of course brought all writing work on any US-based film and tv to a screeching halt. The writers have now been joined on strike by the actors, which really has killed […]

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Progress Report June ’23

The big news over the last couple of months is that there’s a film adaptation of Best Served Cold in the works. Not much more I can say at this stage. It’s in the casting and scouting phase and the script has been revised and rewritten about a million times. Doubtless it will need to […]

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Best Served Cold – on Film

Pleased to say news just dropped over at Deadline Hollywood of a potential forthcoming film of Best Served Cold. I’d love to say a lot more about it, but for the time being I can’t say much that’s not in that article. The headlines: It’s set up at Skydance. I wrote the script. Tim Miller […]

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Progress Report April ’23

A busy bank holiday weekend followed by a rush to get a contract signed has meant that I’m just a couple o’ days late for my April progress report, so here it is at the very start of May… The good news is I’ve finished a draft of the last part of The Devils and […]

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Progress Report November ’22

I blink and it’s been 5 months since I did a progress report, god damn it, so HERE IS ONE. I’ve finally finished part 3 of The Devils, and sent it off to my editors. We shall see how they respond. Hated it while I was writing it, which isn’t entirely unusual, but somehow always […]

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Progress Report June ’22

I’m conscious that my progress reports have been few and far between lately. I’ve got a lot going on but not that much that I can actually announce or discuss, which makes progress reports every two months a bit of a pointless exercise… The first draft of my next book The Devils is grinding on, […]

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Curious King Limited Editions

Very pleased to announce that UK specialist publisher Curious King has just opened up the preorder book for a high end limited edition of that seminal subversive fantasy classic of the mid 2000s The Blade Itself. I’ve been pretty thoroughly consulted (and made as much of a pain in the arse of myself as you’d expect) on […]

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