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March 2017



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Well, that was like trying to eat my way out of a porridge dungeon with chopsticks. I sure hope this book is more interesting the first time you all read it than it was the 30th time I did.

Blood and Iron, for the record, is my most-rewritten book. The original concept dates from the eighties; the first draft of portions from oh, 1990 or so, the first complete draft from winter 2002. That first complete draft was irretrievably broken. I rewrote it extensively twice (including unpersoning characters and major plot changes) and gave it a pretty thorough line-edit twice before arcaedia saw it. Segue to 2003, when she told me it was still broken. At which point I took it apart, restructured it heavily, cut 40,000 words or so, added 60,000 words or so and two POV characters (and removed one), and rewrote it again, followed by another clean-up pass. At which point we agreed that maybe it wasn't broken any more.

Then we sold it. And I rewrote it again, for Liz.

Another fairly heavy rewrite. Plus spot revisions. And then a clean-up pass. And a CEM. And the page proofs.

I can't even remember what happens in which version of the damned thing any more. But at least most of the story is onscreen now.

So anyway, reading this damned thing is like archeology at this point. It has strata.

You guys are going to have to let me know if it's any good, because I have not the foggiest.


It's done.


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Report back! It's okay to hate it, by the way (though of course I hope you won't.)

And, you know, hug her for me when you see her again. (Is it wrong to hug one's editors? what about clinging to them in drowned exhaustion?)
But is has such a pretty cover. That's what matters, right?

(and yay DONE!)
Heh. Man, there's Roman plumbing all over the freaking place. Of course, it's a book that's sort of metaphorically about Roman plumbing, on a cultural level, so I guess it makes sense.
I can imagine the joy and relief you must be feeling. :)

who hopes she doesn't have to wait that long before being done with The Book That Will Not Die.
Hammer. Use a hammer. *g*
yay, DONE! that's such a thrill from just reading about it, *heh*, that i can only imagine how it must feel at your end.



Dancing conga rats!

John Nichols would say that you are now thoroughly familiar with your book. Heh.


that was Moi

LJ is not letting me log in right now. Fuckedy. Then again people seem to figure out it is me anyway when this happens.

....now LJ wants me to confirm I am a human. WHAT IF I WANT TO BE A ROBOT?! Incorrect response to spam robot challenge. Fuck.

Re: that was Moi

LJ is on teh crack lately.
Good doing, Bear.
Oh, very nice -- mucho congrats. And I like "strata" -- that just makes it more interesting to read.
It's Done Done Done! :)
*cheers the doneness*
Thanks, guys.

*buys a round*
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