Revisions to Everyone Loves Blue Dog, the sequel to Child of Fire, continue. My editor asked me to cut a 15-page sequence down to a couple of lines–bad pacing–and my first thought when I looked at it in-depth was “Aw, come on! I researched this!”
But no matter! Things that need cutting must be cut! Whether that includes this sequence or not is another matter, since there are important story beats buried here, and I don’t have anywhere else to put them. Seriously. Some plot points can be moved to other scenes, but in this case I’d have to just write a new sequence to do this work.
However, it does drag a bit. I’m going to try to tone it up–small salads, Pilates, rowing machine, all that. Then we’ll see how it looks.
Also, I had a note from John O’Neill, the editor at Black Gate, asking if I wanted to send him an excerpt from Child of Fire. It’s a very cool idea, but I have to get permission from Random House first, and I have to find an excerpt that will work. I’ll follow up later, if it turns out well.
Next, here’s a video that I really like:
It’s Lovecraftian Musical Theater! Funny and creepy at the same time.
And because I have very little self-control, here’s the only Lego kit I’d still be willing to buy my son:
The Cthulhu was pretty cool, but I always thought it was green.
Finally, down here at the bottom of the post where the RSS feed won’t show, I’ve set up an AmazonConnects account to publish this blog on the pages where they’re selling my book and the issues of Black Gate I’m in.