Nov 10

Liking Mr Bucket

I knew Bucket the activist gnome was going to be an important character.

I didn't expect him to turn up so early (Chapter 2) or so naturally, though. And I especially didn't expect him to be so easy to write.

His dialogue just writes itself. I could write him for hours. Some characters turn up and they're wax dummies. They won't say anything. But you can't shut Bucket up.

Berry, my viewpoint character (the ex-apprentice shaman with the post-traumatic stress), liked him instantly, and so did I. It's probably a bit early to sign up as a Berry-Bucket shipper, but the option's on the table.

He's a frood who really knows where his towel is, too.

Welcome, Mr Bucket.

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Nov 09

Starting a new novel

Mike Reeves-McMillan respectfully begs leave to announce... that, after a couple of false starts, I've begun a project that I've been turning over in my head for a long time: The Gryphon Clerks.

It's a story of heroic civil servants in a fantasy-steampunk setting (if that doesn't hook you I don't know what will).

I'll be posting excerpts, bits of character and setting description and the like here. If I can get enough subscribers, I'll go interactive and ask you for suggestions and contributions which may (no guarantees) make it into the finished book.

So subscribe to updates here. You'll get whatever goes on this blog, plus occasional additional snippets that only go to the list. And, of course, a chance for a discount on the finished book when and if.

See you on the other side!

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