On the Road to Publication

Goooooooooood afternoon my lovely little pixies!

Currently trapped in my bedroom as there’s an obscene amount of pollen flying about in the air today. So I’m stuck indoors, behind closed doors, locked windows, sat beside a steadily-heating-up air purifier from 1999. So far I’m thriving on six cups of coffee and one sausage roll. I’m Northern, I can do this.

Few things to update on:

Just sent the blurb, acknowledgements, and dedication off to Inspired Quill. I was gracious enough to thank the people that matter, and curse the people who were mean. And the blurb… Oh, the blurb. YOU EVIL LITTLE THING. I’ve spent almost every waking minute thinking about it. I’ve shown it to a few friends to get some feedback. After wrestling with it for two weeks, I think it’s good enough to get a good proper editing now.

Speaking of Inspired Quill, guess who’s got a smexy shiny new website?

Ohhhh yeah.

Ohhhh yeah.

Go on, click the image. It’ll take you flying through space and time to the beautiful new site 😀 Click it, go on. Go on. I spent longer than I should’ve done trying to figure out how to link it up, go on.

In other news, in August I’m heading down to London. What’s that? To a convention, you ask? No, silly. I’m going to the Warner Bros. Studios with my best friend, for the Harry Potter tour. Just bought myself a Slytherin t-shirt for the day, too. Yes, I’m a Slytherin. No, I’m not a Death Eater. WE ARE NOT ALL EVIL.

Look at that cutesy-wutesy face ^-^

Look at that cutesy-wutesy face ^-^

So, between now and August, when I’m getting the edits back from IQ to do the final once over before it goes to the proofreader, I’ll be working on… (drum roll, please)…

 

THE SEQUEL TO THE OLD WAYS!

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Since The Old Ways ends so ambiguously (you’ll see), I thought it only fitting that certain characters get some closure. However, closure is definitely not what they’re going to get. They’re going to get severely tortured. I won’t lie, it’s gonna hurt, guys. Check out the tagline:

 

Fragile alliances will be forged in flames.
Ancient evils will be resurrected to seek vengeance.
Powerful foes will rise to sow discord.
The Age of Magic has come.

 

Catchy, huh? 🙂 Oh, that’s also the current working title, The Age of Magic. Old favourites come back to play, new faces make an appearance, Albion gets shaken to the core. To be crude, shit hits the fan.

 

Best get writing!

Blessed be, my darling pixies.

RK )O(

My First Ever Comic-Con

Pardon me while I get this out of my system first.

OH MY GOD I MET GARETH DAVID-LLOYD AND HE CALLED ME SWEETIE AND HE’S LIKE THE NICEST PERSON AND HE SIGNED MY DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION COVER AND HE WAS SO FRIENDLY BECAUSE I TOLD HIM I LOVED SOLAS AND AAAHHH.

He's such a nice guy :)

He’s such a nice guy 🙂

Aaaaaand it’s out of my system.

So yeah, my first ever Comic-Con and this happened. It was… an interesting experience. I’ll probably have my own table next year, flogging my book to passersby, shouting at them to come back and offering cookies if they buy The Old Ways.

Probably still fangirling if there are any other famous people there too.

But given that my first sight upon entering the teeny tiny room over-packed with people was an overweight Spock, I had a surprisingly good time. Bought a keyring. And a Loki vinyl Pop! doll. He has a bobble-head. You know the ones I mean. With the black eyes? I tried to find a Castiel one, but no such luck.

Batman was there. Not the real one, obviously. A guy dressed as Batman. But his costume was amazing. He had a full on Dark Knight suit of armour. And a lantern jaw. Pretty impressive. Didn’t get close enough to hear if he could do the voice though.

And I’m proud to say I didn’t fangirl out loud at all, except for one brief moment in which I think I may have terrified my companion. Conversation went thus:

Him: “Do you want to head over?”
Me: “Over there? Sure, they have some cool– is that–? OH MY GOD, THAT’S RUMPLESTILTSKIN! FROM ONCE UPON A TIME! OH MY GOD THAT COSTUME IS AWESOME! HE’S GOT THE GOLD SKIN! AND THE HAIR! AND THE OUTFIT! OH MY GOD!”
Him: “You okay?”
Me: *heavy breathing* “Yeah. Let’s. Let’s just go over here for a minute.”

In other news, Celtic Woman are coming to my neck of the woods. Totally bought tickets. 10 year anniversary gig? I am so there.

In other, other news, I have a new editor, Fiona, who is working on The Old Ways for now. I’ve also been in talks about the front cover. I can’t wait to show you guys. Y’know. All three of you who read my ramblings. You know who you are, you precious diamonds that I hold dear to my hearts. No, heart. I only have one, right? Yeah. Just one.

A bit nervous about the coming months. Big changes happening in my life. No, I’m not pregnant. But, in a way, my baby is being released into the world. Ew that sounds gross. I mean my novel. My novel is my baby. And it’s being released.
Okay, this metaphor is confused.

I’ll stop rambling now. I’ve just realised I’ve made it this far into the day without a single drop of coffee. This must be rectified at once. Author, out!

Blessed be, my lovely little pixies.

RK )O(

I’m allliiiive!

I liiiiiiiive

 

Okay, so I’ve been a bit quiet lately.  In my defence, I’ve been on holiday. And I’ve been editing until my fingers bled. Slight exaggeration there.

I also overdosed on Scottish butter tablet. Mmm it’s like a sugar cube but edible. I ate a whole box in one go. Recipe is here, by the way!

Returned to day-job after two week holiday to find my desk in a complete shambles. A total pigsty. It was a mess. Crisp packets, Coke cans, sweetie wrappers… vile creatures, leaving my desk like that.

 

How are we all finding Capaldi-Doctor? I like him. He’s like a grumpy grandad. Moffat, on the other hand… *sigh* what can be said?

Apart from–

WHAT WAS ON THE BED, MOFFAT? WHAT WAS ON THE BED?!

 

My nightmares for the next two years. That's what was on the bed.

My nightmares for the next two years. That’s what was on the bed.

 

My friend tried to console me. “It was just a kid playing a joke,” she said, “there wasn’t a monster, really.” Didn’t stop me from being terrified though, did it?

I can’t stop looking at it. Why did I think it would be a good idea to put that screenshot there? It’s looking at me. Make it stop. Quick! Distraction!

Ahhh, much better. Tom Hiddleston and a puppy...

Ahhh, much better. Tom Hiddleston and a puppy…

In other news, the release date for my novel has been decided! Well, sort of. We’re hoping for a release before October 2015. Which means I’d better shift my cute little butt and get editing! Only… *mentally counts* twenty-six more chapters to go! 😀

And then, of course, there’s Dragon Age: Inquisition. The release date has been announced as 7th October 2014. Excuse me a moment.

OHMYGODSICAN’TBREATHTHISISSOEXCITINGOHGODSIT’SLESSTHANAMONTHAWAYOHMYGOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

Thank you. It escapes every so often. Worse when I’m in public. Oh! And Sleepy Hollow starts on Monday. And Grimm comes back on 24th October. Aaaand I’ve started watching Supernatural from the beginning.

I’m such a fantasy freak -_- AH I DON’T CARE! 😀

I’d better go before I babble myself into complete insanity… *snort* I’m way too late for that. I’ve been here a while. With those rooms made of mattresses and those comfy-looking hug-jackets.

 

Blessed be,

)O( RK

I’m covered in glitter

And I don’t quite remember why. The only logical conclusion is that I was kidnapped by faeries when I was sleeping last night. Yes, this is why. I have accepted this as the only reason why I’m covered in glitter.

SO THEN, it’s been a while since any semblance of updates have come from the upside-down world of RK, and the reason behind this is because… well, I didn’t have any updates. ‘Tis true, I’ve been squirreled away in my little world of magic and mayhem, and mostly forgotten that there’s a whole world out there.

Well, in the past two weeks, I’ve been sent the first few pages of edits back from Sara, my lovely publisher, and we have both agreed that the release date needs to be pushed back a little. This is mostly due to the fact that I have had a grand total of zero experience in the world of creative writing. By that, I mean I’ve been on no courses, achieved no awards, and spoken to no editors in my entire life. Therefore, I write from the heart, not from the head. Which can be a good thing, but can also be extraordinarily destructive in terms of publication.

Sara describes it thusly; “storytelling is a skill, writing is a talent. You have the skill, but the talent needs polishing.”

So, dear Sara has agreed to set me up with a nice lady who will Skype me to go through a course, of sorts, on creative writing. This way, future manuscripts will need significantly less editing. I’m actually a little ashamed at how much The Old Ways needs to be edited… but, I suppose, as Sara says, this is what Inspired Quill aspires to do. Seek out new blood and mold us into dazzling authors. I want to dazzle. It’s like glittering, but with more jazz hands.

 

Meanwhile, in Albion, a vicious monster-thief who goes by the name of Writer’s Block has crept into Elphame to cause havoc amongst the citizens. Thankfully, it’s dual-weilding arch-enemies, Coffee and North-East Stubbornness, have prevailed, and the train has continued on its happy track. I think that metaphor ran away with me, but you get the idea. I think I was subconsciously avoiding the moment when I have to kill off a particular character. I really don’t want to do it. Like, really, really don’t want to do it. But needs must.

*sobs*

*sobs hysterically*

 

Oh, Albion, thou art a heartless bitch… that’s all from me for now. If anyone needs me, I’ll be curled up under my blankets, sleeping off a glittery hangover.

 

Blessed be

RK )O(

‘Tis the season to be *hic* jolly!

Well, it’s December! That means it’s nearly Christmas! I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Yes, as soon as December rolls around, I turn into an overgrown child. The tree is up, the advent calendar is open, the lights are twinkling, the tinsel is… all over the floor. And there’s no sign of snow anywhere… well, I can’t have everything, I guess.

And because I’m so ridiculously organised, I’m all sorted and ready for Christmas, all presents are wrapped, bagged and tagged, and the cupboards are stocked with food and drink, and we have chestnuts. Because what is winter without chestnuts? 🙂

Oh, and I also have a playlist of Celtic Christmas songs to listen to. Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Celtic Woman… *sigh* life is good.

 

OH! But I have been writing in the meantime too, of course 🙂 Since starting on the sequel, I’ve discovered things about certain characters that I never thought to discover. And, without giving away too much, there are terrible things about to happen. Terrible, terrible things, that will make me weep to write them…

MERRY CHRISTMAS! ^-^

RK )O(