Although I’ve recently been spending most of my time working on finishing RMT, there’s been work for Outlanders on as well. Today the first version of the Outlanders cover has been completed 🙂 After struggling with ideas for how to do this for a while – I’ll post some of the ‘might have been’ versions here on the blog on the day the actual cover reveal happens – I really think this is the one! Woo hoo!! I’m just waiting on feedback from a trusty bunch of writer, reader and arty friends and we’ll take it from there…
Also, the first version of the original music for the Outlanders book trailer has come through recently. The melody sounds great and so it’s back with the very talented singer/musician that I’m working with on this, for them to layer in more vocals and instruments.
Right! That’s enough excitement for now – I must get back to the laptop and finish this editing 🙂
The cogs in my brain are busily turning as I try to get to the end of the editing / proof-reading process with Balik’s story, before sending it away to the lovely people who’ve offered fresh eyes on the book, before I push out ARCs and then final official release. Unfortunately, my self-imposed deadline of ‘summer 2012’ has slipped a little – mainly due to a very busy period in my non-writing, working-life – the chaotic period has hopefully now drawn to a close, giving me the final concentrated time I need to put the finishing touches to Balik’s tale and move on to Outlanders, which has been hovering in the background for a good while now.
I’ve really enjoyed being in Balik’s head since April time, when I began ‘serious’ work on my old drafts of RMT. Even though the story is somewhat familiar to Cassie’s in Hope’s Daughter, it has been important to fill in the gaps of who he is and how he came to be the person that Cassie meets. When I began writing The Rainbow Maker’s Tale, I didn’t really know everything about Balik and so this has been a learning experience for me too. He’s a tough little cookie – but still a yummy cookie 🙂
I hope you’re looking forward to seeing more of Balik before the story continues in Outlanders, there’s a lot that Cassie didn’t know…she’s not the only one who can keep secrets.