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Revisionary Revisions

Just spent an hour on the phone with my editor, talking about Revisionary [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy]. For the next two weeks, I’ll be setting Project Bob aside in order to address several pages worth of notes.

The good news is that she liked the book, and I don’t have to rip the whole thing up and start again from scratch. (I’ve never actually had to do that, but the irrational fear is always there…)

I’m feeling pretty good about our conversation. Almost all of her comments and feedback felt less like “you suck!” and more like “hey, here’s a way to make this better/more clear/more interesting,” which is how it’s supposed to work, but writer-brain sometimes gets stuck on the “you suck!” piece.

So assuming no unexpected crises, in two weeks or so I should be done with this book (with the exception of page proofs). There’s a good chance this will be the last Magic ex Libris book, at least for a while. It’s also my last book written as a full-time state employee. It’s a bit of a turning point in more ways than one.

And that raises a Very Important Question – if this does end up being the last Magic ex Libris book, how the heck am I going to bring Smudge into whatever I start working on next?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


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Sep. 3rd, 2015 05:14 pm (UTC)
You're going to have to start sneaking him into other people's books. I volunteer to be first :-)

Sep. 3rd, 2015 06:31 pm (UTC)
Why am I suddenly thinking of characters out of the card game Munchkin?

I'm sure you could ask some of your author friends if you could borrow their Universe-specific crow bar to open a crack into your Universe. He's an alien pet dropped through an accidental space/time portal. He's an InCryptid. He's an endangered species from a non-specified tropical country (where things don't burn too easily)....
Sep. 3rd, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
I'm sure you'll find a way.
Sep. 3rd, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Smudge Is The Key.

In every multiverse, the complex constellation of possibilities, there is usually a seed or singularity that is the central point of commonality to all those worlds. In some mythologies, some specific multiverses it has been a great mage. Or a spell. Or a wormhole. Or something. But this time. This time?

It is Smudge. The firespider.

In every world, in every permutation of existence within the JCH-multiverse, there is one being, one supreme and perfect being that crosses the boundaries. That binds them together. That holds together creation, the actuality of endless worlds, that is the immutable keystone that is Smudge.

Annnnnd there is your meta story. Some one in one of your worlds figures this out.

Annnnd go.

(gets chair)

Edited at 2015-09-03 07:59 pm (UTC)
Sep. 3rd, 2015 09:26 pm (UTC)
Smudge needs his own book!
Sep. 3rd, 2015 09:41 pm (UTC)
Smudge should illustrate it too.
Sep. 4th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
That would depend on whatever you write next doesn't it?
Sep. 19th, 2015 04:04 am (UTC)
Smudge is adorable and hilarious! XD I'm sure you'll find a way to insert Smudge into your future stories. :) Maybe random pictures of Smudge could appear in future book covers and inside the books? XD

The comments on Smudge here are great! Loved mt_yvr's comment especially. :)
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