Hello! Yes, here I am! I’ve cocked up the last couple of weeks, bloggingly speaking, so here is a random update.I’ve been away mostly because a) I finished The Steel Walk finally (thank christ) and b) threw myself immediately into planning the Nanowrimo book, which has a working title of “Dead Zoo Shuffle”. The Steel Walk was a rough journey at times, and it very nearly went all tits up at the 60,000 word mark (I seemed to be cursed at that stage of the book) but I dragged myself through and although I believe it is somewhat flawed, I’m glad I got to see what happened to Eri, Joseth and Saul. In that weird slightly lost state you have after finishing such a big project, I started to think about what exactly I’ve learnt over the course of the last four books, and what I’ll take with me into Dead Zoo Shuffle. I actually wrote some of it down, due to my memory being like one of those things with wotsits in.* 1) You need a subplot to balance the main narrative. 2) I like writing about cities. Lots of trees- not so much. 3) You’ve got to have some idea where you’re going. Let’s not do another “A Boy of Blood and Clay”. 4) Stories are secretly all about people and how they deal with each other. 5) Know your characters. 6) Don’t worry so much. You’re trying to find your own voice. 7) Chapters are useful. Try and keep track of them, yeah? *holes!