I've started a new project this week, my next Ulysses Quicksilver Pax Britannia
adventure Human Nature
, due to be published by Abaddon Books this December
. It's great to get back to Pax Britannia
after a bit of a break. I've written three books since Leviathan Rising
(although I did have two weeks 'off' to write the Ulysses Quicksilver novella Vanishing Point
) and it's good to immerse myself in the steampunk
setting once again.
But a new project means a whole new set of research materials and other notes cluttering up my desk, so before commencing, I had a bit of a sort out, putting away all my books about Christmas, and the like, which I used in the writing of What is Myrrh Anyway? (out in October from Icon Books)
. You can see how things have changed in these before and after shots.
My desk whilst after writing What is Myrrh Anyway?
A tidied workspace, ready to start on Human Nature.
There's that old adage, a tidy desk is a sign of a tidy mind (or a sick mind, depending on your own personal philosophy), but for me, my workspace has to reflect what I'm working on, to help keep me focused on the project in hand. I find this particularly important when juggling so many different balls in the air at the same time, writing books for widely varying genres.
So, while I was penning The Horror of Howling Hill
, I had my Doctor Who Encyclopedia
out, other Decide your Destiny
books available to check style and an inflatable Dalek
. With Match Wits with the Kids
I was surrounded by all manner of reference books, diagrams and miscellanies. And now? Well, there are guide books of Whitby, a map of the North York Moors, postcards of Whitby Abbey and pictures of dried fish carcasses... and it's all the name of research.
So, until next time...
Labels: Abaddon Books, Doctor Who, Human Nature, Icon Books, Leviathan Rising, Match Wits, Pax Britannia, Whitby