Now I’ve got something, but it’s secret. Perhaps you’ll twig to it if I tell you I have to wait until 15 April to tell you (but if you do twig, I can’t confirm it).
But something else is happening on 15 May that I can tell you about, and that’s the uploading of a podcast at Terra Incognita, of me reading a story called ‘Flower and Weed’, which is an out-take of the selkie novel I’ve been working on since July last year. Although the novel itself will definitely be YA, this story is an adults-only episode, which happens slightly to one side of the main story. Same setting (Rollrock Island), some of the main characters (Messkeletha and Trudle, and Dominic Mallett is mentioned), same undertones of sorrow and rage, magic and mystification. If you haven’t read ‘Sea-Hearts’ in Coeur de Lion’s novellanthology X
I’ve been proof-checking up a storm: over Easter I checked White Time, which is coming out from David Fickling Books in the UK. And last week I went through my newest short story, ‘The Miracle Aquilina’, which is coming out in Jonathan and Marianne’s dragon anthology, Wings of Fire, along with a whole slew of dragon stories from a stellar spread of writers! I’m a bit overawed sitting among them.
Right now I’m down on the South Coast, having a lovely leisurely weekend of books and birds, beach, stars (the Milky Way is very milky down here, and even with (a) the naked eye and (b) my piddling little binoculars you can see a breathtaking number of stars), kangaroos and fish (we’ve done some very basic snorkelling). Weather is gorgeous, although a bit of a wind’s getting up—good thing we went for our swim early—and we’re rounding off the 2 days by going and seeing Justin Townes Earle at Milton Theatre tonight.