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10 February 2013 @ 11:19 am
Soft gray chilly weather. A day of laundry, tea, and acting as referee at the cat-fights.

Draft 2 done. Always a relief - draft 2 is the shape of the real book. I can read it then and see what still needs to be done (How come three of the major characters have names starting with Na...? Is Lord Colwich possessed by an evil spirit in this scene or not? HOW many aunts does Lydia have?)

Also finished my little Dr. Who piece for the anthology Outside In 2 - I'll let everyone know when that comes out. And I understand from rumor (not that the publisher has mentioned it to me or anything) that Ben January # 12, Good Man Friday (a.k.a. Mr. J Goes to Washington) will be out in May.

I'll also take the little breathing-space to work on another story for Further Adventures. The difficulties of Asher/Ysidro #5 - and it WAS a difficult story to get a handle on - added to a particularly trying semester in Fall brought the short-story to a halt, which did turn out for the best: it let me re-think how I wanted it to unfold. It'll be so nice to go back to writing straight fantasy
for a bit.

As I've said on Facebook, next weekend is Gallifrey One, the local Dr. Who convention. I'm part of the "local talent" squad rather than anything in the Main Attractions department, which is as it should be: it's a Dr. Who con, and the fans may or may not be readers of sf, fantasy, mysteries, or anything else and there's no reason why they should be. I'll be doing a kaffeeklatsch, a couple of panels, and a couple of signings, and will be able to get all fannish and perhaps meet Michael Jayston, whose acting work I've delighted in since I first saw him in 1968 in that amazing naked-green-fairies BBC production of Midsummer Night's Dream. (Ian Richardson, Ian Holm, and Judi Dench were the naked green fairies - Mr. Jayston, David Warner, Hellen Mirren and Diana Rigg all kept their clothes on - but what a cast! You probably couldn't afford to assemble it today.) (I still watch it just to hear the beauty of the language).
padawanslackerpadawanslacker on February 11th, 2013 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad to hear you're doing more Further Adventures! Which characters, if you don't mind my asking?
barbara_hamblybarbara_hambly on February 11th, 2013 12:54 am (UTC)
The one I'm working on now is a John-and-Jenny story - probably another Sun Wolf in the near future.
Sarah Patrickbadwolf10 on February 11th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
Good Man Friday is safely on my bookshelf. I had it on pre-order with Amazon UK and they delivered it last month.

I really enjoyed it. Charmian's a star.

And I can't wait for the next Asher / Ysidro.

Edited at 2013-02-11 11:36 pm (UTC)
ext_1646984 on February 12th, 2013 11:07 am (UTC)
Thank you for all the books
Dear Barbara,

first I'd like to thank you for the countless hours of reading (and re-reading) your books, all the way from Ishmael to Blood Maidens. I only just discovered your website and journal and will keep reading it to find out about your projects and new stories, to get your newest books asap.

My only regret is, being German, that the German characters in your books don't really speak the language. Just like my Scottish boyfriend they get confused with Umlauts, articles and cases, or with the "ie" and the "ei" sounds, e.g. calling someone a Leibchen (bodice) instead of Liebchen (darling).

How about a native German proof-reader? Just for the sentences containing German words? I'd volunteer...

Wishing you loads of fun at Gallifrey One!
Terry AnstineTerryAnstine on February 21st, 2013 02:31 am (UTC)
Another Michael Jayston Fan
And he was Peter Guillam in the peerless BBC version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy from 1979 with Alec Guinness. He recorded recent audio versions of the Le Carre novels that are superb.

Speaking of audible versions, I have noticed releases of quite a few of your novels over the past few days! Congratulations and I will be adding them to my listening library for hours of fun.