The above pun is duly credited to David Mann.
It's 23 December, Gangnam Style has hit 1 billion views, and the world hasn't quite ended. As you can see, my blog has had a long-overdue makeover in preparation for the Very Big Year that is 2013. The header provides a very tiny clue for the cover of The Bone Season, and is designed by my very talented friend Leiana Leatutufu. Watch out for a meaningful change in the lantern colour sometime in January.
I've just discovered that Blogger does pages – this epiphany came after about two years of using it – so there's now more information on The Bone Season, links to articles and news, and a direct link to Bloomsbury's official book website. There's also a new search bar, Google Translate option, and a label cloud on the right. I hope this makes the blog easier to navigate. I had a little bit too much fun with the Google Translate app earlier, seeing how The Bone Season translates in each language. Though I highly doubt they're correct. (I love the Swedish word for "season", säsong). I will be moving my blog to my own domain next year – I'll let you know in advance when I go ahead with it.
My house is in full-on Christmas mode at the moment, so I'm going to keep this post short – enjoying the festive season vicariously through my 9 year-old brother. We're having a relatively quiet Christmas: a meal at home, unwrapping presents, and a visit to my aunt and uncle's house. For the first time ever, I'm more excited about New Year. I'm over the moon to have been invited to the ABA Winter Institute in February, which I'll be attending with the celebrated American novelist Gail Godwin and the team from Bloomsbury USA. This will be the first time I'll have to talk eloquently about The Bone Season outside the cosy Bloomsbury headquarters at Bedford Square, so I'll be frantically planning my spiel on the plane.
How much of each Bone Season book do you have planned out? (Tyler Wahl)
As discussed in this post, I don't like to be too rigid with my planning. I think it sucks the life out of writing if you're staring at a plan and typing out each chapter. I have a solid idea of what will happen in all seven books, with the plots of Books 2-5 pretty much all set out (as well as the end of Book 7 and a skeletal plan for Book 6), but I've left plenty of room to play around with fresh ideas. To me, writing is about having fun and experimenting as well as Being Very Serious and Literary. I like seeing where the story takes me.
the plans have to change much as a result of edits made to The Bone
This is a really good question. I did have to change them, yes – but in a good way. I made some structural edits to The Bone Season that meant I had to push back some of my ideas to later books. When I first wrote The Bone Season I wasn't sure if it would be published, or if it would ever have sequels, so I crammed a lot of big ideas into the first book. With new authors, publishers tend to be more comfortable if the first book can stand alone, but with the potential for more. I did this with The Bone Season, but when I got the deal for a series, it meant bigger ideas could come in later books. I think the first book works much better with these changes, and that because of them, the series will be better paced.
Will any other global cities be present in The Bone Season, besides London and Paris? (Mohsin)
There are several cities mentioned in the first book. I won't give away too much, but yes, it's very likely that the action will go to other cities – it's a fairly international story. I love travelling and exploring new cultures, and I really enjoy the challenge of creating futuristic versions of cities.
Have a lovely Christmas! My final post of 2012 will be on New Year's Eve.