Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why does that man have such a goofy expression?

Because he finished Children No More, of course!

Okay, enough talking about myself in the third person. I hate that crap.

Anyway, this morning, I put the final touches on the book and sent it off to Publisher Toni.

Man, am I tired. This was a very hard book, but I believe the work was worth it. I also suspect this is the best thing I've ever written by a fair bit, though of course I can never be sure, and what is best for each of us is highly variable.

I then spent a considerable amount of time fighting the massive hair creature that had grown on my face. I had gotten far hairier than I had realized.

I'm happy to report that I was ultimately victorious, and the hair beast is no more.

For those interested, here are a few fun facts about Children No More:

* The complete manuscript--cover page, dedication, novel, afterword, acknowledgments, about the author--weighed in at a tasty 121,940 words.

* That makes it my second longest book, a good 4K words longer than Slanted Jack but about 13K words shorter than Overthrowing Heaven.

* This is the first book to include an afterword. I felt it was necessary.

* Five--count 'em, five!--characters from past novels return in this one.

* It took me a bit over fourteen months of plotting and writing, by far the longest time of any of my books.
That's enough for now.

I'll get to the big announcement sometime in the next month or so. Please believe me that on this one I'm not teasing; there are good reasons for the delay. I think, though, that you'll find it worth the wait.

Now, on to the new material for Jump Gate Twist!


Lisa Shearin said...


My latest book is eating my brain. About another two months until I'll emerge (hopefully) victorious.


steveburnett said...

Congratulations on the manuscript and the lighter-weight face.

Mark said...

Thanks, Lisa.

I definitely know that feeling.

Mark said...

Thanks, Steve. I appreciate the kind words.

J. Griffin Barber said...

Did you keep the hair from the voodoo priestess, or give it up as an offering for the gris-gris?

Thinks of all the creative power to be unleashed in the chin whiskers...and laughs in Dr Evil fashion.

Congrats, Mark

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words, Griffin.

I've been saving all my hair for years so I could make an entirely hair Mini-Me and set it to the task of increasing my fiction output. Alas, so far its little hair fingers almost always slide off the keys, and when they do make contact well enough to spell out anything intelligible, it's always one word: CONDITIONER.

Michelle said...

Eewwwww.......that is just freaky talk. Griffin, don't encourage him! Ha,ha. The word verification is minitio. Way too much coincidence here! However, congratulations, I look forward to a great summer read!

J. Griffin Barber said...

I want a hair golem too! Though mine would type, 'hair club'

Mark said...

Nice word coincidence, Michelle. I hope enjoy the book.

Mark said...

If we each had one, Griffin, we could build a little octagon and make them go inside and fight to the last strand.

J. Griffin Barber said...

The loser to be burned at the curler, his name stricken from the annals of hair golem gladiators forever?

Mark said...

Exactly so!

Ticia said...

Stop the madness!

I'm having horrible flashbacks to a late night discussion about the king of all hotdog thrones. *grin*

(Griffin, I blame you.)

On a more serious note, congratulations on the completion of the book. I can hardly wait to read it.

Mark said...

Thanks for the kind words, Ticia.

I still dream of building that motorized throne.

J. Griffin Barber said...

Motorized Throne of _Doom_!

Mark said...


Todd said...

Shaving the beard, eh?

Mark said...

Nah. Just trimming it back to its usual length. I've had a beard since I was 18 and don't plan on going without one.


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