Things have been completely insane in the Ellison household. It's always crazy in the few weeks leading up to a book launch, and I apparently forgot that when I agreed to do a small remodel, turning a dank storage closet into a light and airy office for the Thrillerdude.
We've given away half of our belongings (only a slight exaggeration - after nearly 18 years, we've accumulated quite a bit of Stuff) cut two beautiful skylights into the roof, moved a wall, and now the bonus room is being restructured and painted. It's going to be stunning.
THE COLD ROOM releases in a mere 26 days. Click here to see the tour dates - this is almost entirely finalized - we're adding one day March 17 in Washington, D.C. Otherwise, I think this is quite enough, don't you?
I just turned in THE IMMORTALS for its journey to copyedit. There's nothing quite as lovely as knowing a book is substantially finished. Now I need to refocus my brain to THE PRETENDER. I'm using a great software called Scrivener for this book, and it's changing the way I look at my stories.
A quick plug for a friend: Alexandra Sokoloff has a great new e-book available called SCREENWRITING TRICKS FOR AUTHORS. I highly recommend giving this a looksee.
Watch this space - there are more cool giveaways to come shortly!
I leave you with this thought.
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
I've gotten several questions about Scrivener, the most predominant from PC users who would like a similar program for their computers (Scrivener is a Mac-only program at this time.) I checked around, and now have a list of programs and places for you to check out. The developers of Scrivener have recommendations on their website below:
Check out the massive list they have. They also have a Scrivener for Windows newsletter that you can sign up for here. They'll send you news about upcoming versions of the software for Windows.
Also, for a great series of essays about the practical usage and applications of Scrivener for storytelling, I highly recommend reading David Hewson's blog. He's done a great job demystifying the hows of this awesome software.
Hope this helps!