I’m a little over three-quarters of the way through editing the second draft of Heavy Ice, and… somewhat less than that… of the way through breaking in a pair of lace-up boots that were originally a pair of ice skates. The two processes aren’t that dissimilar, though those of you who have been there all the way through the Heavy Ice writing process and heard me moan about it will appreciate that it’s less like turning a pair of elderly ice skates into a pair of boots and more like turning a live rhinoceros into a pair of ice skates.
Anyway, someone tipped me off this afternoon that the first two Requite books had made the Yuletide nominations list again. For those unfamiliar with Yuletide, it’s a huge fanfic exchange for itty-bitty fandoms. I did it for a couple of years before I got too busy and it’s a lot of fun. So, apropos of that, I’d like to reiterate my fanfic policy: which is that I am all in favour of it, but don’t show it to me, because I like keeping my head-canon separate from other people’s (apart from my beloved beta reader Irene Headley, who often remembers random bits of Requite trivia that I’ve forgotten).
Also I don’t think it matters whether I’m all in favour of it or not, because trying to police what goes on in other people’s heads while they’re reading a book and afterwards is a ridiculous and doomed endeavour. And I already have one ridiculous and doomed endeavour on my hands, or rather my feet, at present in the form of these boots.
In honour of my head-canon and other people’s, and because I’m sure I did this around this time last year though I can’t find the post: ask me questions if you like, about either the Requite ‘verse or Firebrand, and I’ll answer when I’ve got a moment. Though to head one question off at the pass, the answer to ‘when is there going to be a sequel to Firebrand‘ the answer is ‘if inspiration ever strikes’, so don’t get your hopes up.