Just sent off two book proposals to my publishers. If accepted, they’ll provide the starting points for the next two Poke Rafferty novels.
I hate writing book proposals. What publishers usually want is a synopsis of the plot, and at this stage I have no idea whatsoever what the plot of either book is going to be.
Plotting is something I let my characters do, so to speak. I come up
with a situation that needs to be…
Added by Timothy Hallinan on October 22, 2007 at 3:35pm — No Comments
I’m between books at the moment, and I wouldn’t wish it on Kim Jong-Il.
Yesterday I finished the (presumably) final editing pass on The Fourth Watcher. The copy edit and galley review are still hovering spectres in the future, but those are mainly mechanical exercises, rather than
creative. The world I was inventing in The Fourth Watcher has moved into the past tense now, and I haven’t begun the next…
Added by Timothy Hallinan on October 11, 2007 at 4:08pm — No Comments
I’ve been on tour, and today I drove from Tucson to Phoenix, across a hundred-mile stretch of Arizona. I passed a lot of towns I’d never heard of, and it got me thinking: We all know
about the Arizona towns with butch names — Tombstone, Deadwood,
Red Rock, even Yuma. But we don’t hear much about towns with names like
Florence and Queen Creek. With nothing to do except drive, I asked
myself why, and below is the reason I came up…
In the wake of the recent Chinese ban on unlicensed reincarnation, Reuters reports another interesting religious development: On Tuesday, officials of Nepal’s state-run airline sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god, because the airline was having trouble with one of its Boeing 757s.
Assuming for the moment that this approach is not suggested in the Boeing Users Manual, I think the airline officials…Continue
Added by Timothy Hallinan on September 7, 2007 at 11:31am — No Comments
Being published is an odd experience. First you spend a year all alone, hunched over a keyboard, talking to yourself and trying to coax a story and some people into being. Then your agent finds a publisher, and suddenly the emphasis is on the second book: What’s it going to be? How soon can you finish it? So the writer spends another year all
alone, hunched over a keyboard, and eventually turns in roughly…
Added by Timothy Hallinan on September 7, 2007 at 10:57am — No Comments
I don’t know about other writers, but I get most of my really good ideas in the shower. There’s something about standing dead-center in a stream of hot water that dissolves blocks, brings characters to life, turns mental pictures into streams of words,
and generally makes me feel as though there’s literally nothing I can’t
write. Improve the opening of Dickens’ “Bleak House”? No problem.…
Added by Timothy Hallinan on September 4, 2007 at 9:36am — No Comments
In what has to be the most gaga news story of the week, the Chinese announced that it is now illegal to be reincarnated without official permission. This is obviously a maneuver that anticipates the death of the current Dalai Lama; the Chinese government
wants to be the sole authority on who the new incarnation is.
So I can understand the goal, even if I don’t sympathize with it. My…Continue
Added by Timothy Hallinan on August 27, 2007 at 6:15am — No Comments
Today was the ninth day of working on the new book, the third of the Poke Rafferty series that begins with A Nail Through the Heart.
And, as usual at this stage of a book, I’m…
Added by Timothy Hallinan on August 22, 2007 at 2:34pm — No Comments