October 23, 2015

Post-scriptum: Radio NZ, Vaenir, and Crimson Peak

Post Scriptum, Steff

steffmetal radio nz

steffmetal radio nz

Here I am, talking on Radio NZ Nights about indie publishing.

In my ears: A friend of mine recommended Monolord’s Vaenir to me, and I’ve been thrashing that. It’s goooooood. Also, the soundtrack to Cats. I am aware those two albums are not necessarily great together

Reading: I just finished Willing, by Michaela Wright, and Bossy, by Kim Linwood. Both were fun and well-written romances. Bossy in particular was hilarious. I am also still working my way through House of Leaves.

Writing: SO MANY THINGS. I’m dong some final edits on The Gauge War to get that ready for release on Halloween. I’m also working on the final 10k words of my gothic romance novel. This seems to be dragging on and on, but I’m hoping to have it done and to an editor in the next two weeks. I’ve started edits on Thorn – the 3rd Engine Ward book – and I’ve done a bit of planning for the short Christmas novella I’m hoping to write.

Watching: Crimson Peak. Holy shit. I loved it SO MUCH. Visually, it’s just stunning. I love the fact that the ghosts are so terrifying. The story, while predictable, is a really typical gothic plot, which was exactly what I was hoping for. The whole thing appeals to me on many, many levels. The husband and I went to see it at the theatre, which we rarely do, and did the whole Gold Class ticket thing – comfy laz-E-boys right in the front row, food and wine brought to our table … it was a very fun date.

On the Farm: I made some organic fertiliser which smells delightful (*sarcasm*) but has helped the grass in our fields bounce back. Currently, the sheep are running wild around our house while we wait for the grass to recover before we put them back in the paddocks. So I have to go outside every 20 minutes or so and check that they aren’t eating my vegetable garden or nibbling on my trees (both are roped off with electric fences but the sheep have thick coats right now so they barely feel the sting).

But the most exciting news is that WE ARE BUILDING OUR HOUSE. Well, the second half of it. This weekend we are preparing steel and poly and boxing ready to pour the porches. Next weekend the steel for the floor in the great hall goes down, and then after that we pour the floor and THEN WE WILL HAVE A FLOOR. Capital letters for the excitement.

Loving: Cats being silly \m/ Being on the Radio NZ the other night. It was so much fun. I got so nervous at the beginning that I forgot the presenter’s name, my name, how to say ‘hello’ the whole thing … that was a bit mortifying. But then I got the hang of it and it was really fun. I could’ve kept talking all night. You can listen to the interview online if you want. \m/ There’s also an interview with me about my eyesight on the Yes & Yes blog – I actually did the interview a couple of years ago, so some of the things I’ve said are a bit out of date, but people have been saying it’s a fascinating read. \m/ Excited about halloween plans next weekend – I’m performing a wedding ceremony dressed as Jack the Ripper, and then heading out to a metal party with a different costume … it’s uber geeky and silly, so hopefully people at the party will find it amusing and not simply weird. \m/ MEAD \m/ My friends from Peru are coming to visit in a couple of weeks. \m/ The Pop-Up Globe in Auckland. We are going to three of the plays, and have even scored ourselves a “Lord’s Box” for the occasion. Now I just need to find the perfect outfit to wear … \m/ house things are moving along and it’s all very exciting and scary. This time next year I’ll be cooking from my new kitchen and sleeping in my new tower bedroom. \m/ Family, friends, and all the good things that they bring to my life.

That’s my week. What about yours?

Don’t forget, you’ve only got until the 31st to pre-order The Gauge War and pay only $2.99 for it. After that the price goes up. So if you want to grab a copy in ebook format, now is the time!

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