Okay, so I’ve been blithely posting about squirrels and exoplanets as if there were nothing on my mind except my hair (not much of a burden these days). But truly all this while I’ve been seething inside with unshed news, and now it can be told.
The page for Blood of Ambrose is up at the Pyr site, along with the final cover art by Dominic Harman, who has done stunning art for the Temeraire books, among others. (The page text says that the cover is not final, which is technically true, as there are some design issues which may be tweaked, but that’s the cover image.) It’s in the nature of things that I would think this image is mind-blowingly cool: I especially like the murder of crows, the three moons, the Lankhmar-like cityscape of Ontil, and Morlock’s threatening stance.
Fans of the thrice-greatest Chuck Lukacs should not despair: I don’t think I’m spilling any secrets when I say that he’s contributing some typically great interior art.
As far as the text goes, the patient, persistent and insightful proofreader saved me from uncounted crimes and confusions, including chronic and persistent Capitalitis. (“The Fat Cat Lay On The Mat” is not really more impressive than “The fat cat lay on the mat”–it just thinks it is.) I did resplit a couple of the infinitives she unsplit for me, because I am starting to feel that the split infinitive is not so much a right as an obligation. But reading the novel again, with my eyes hovering right over the text (focusing on actual yes-this-is-really-happening-no-fooling publication), was an interesting experience, giving me a lot to think about (on a sentence level, even a word-by-word level) as I write new stuff.
Now, though, I think I have to get up from the keyboard and run around just to bring this buzz down to near-safe levels.