First draft of ‘Frozen’

March 16th, 2012

I’m feeling very pleased with myself, having just this minute finished the first draft of the new book. No, this is not Path of Beasts – that is already well on the way to publication. This is a new story entirely. It’s for children still, and a fantasy. It’s called Frozen and it’s set on an ancient icebreaker that has been sailing around the southern icecap for the last three hundred years.

That’s all I can tell you right now. I don’t have a contract for it yet, and this is a very rough first draft – full of loose ends and contradictions, and stories that stop in the middle, or come out of nowhere. So it’ll take me a while to beat it into shape. But at least I now have something to work with – once you’ve got a first draft it’s easier. And here’s the photo that’s been sitting on my desktop for the last few months to inspire me. It was taken by Georges Nijs.

Want to see more gorgeous Antarctic photos? Have a look here.

So now I’m going to put the manuscript away for a couple of weeks and do other stuff, before coming back and reading it through. But first – tomorrow is my birthday and I’m going to the theatre after lunch to see Miriam Margolyes do Dickens’ Women. Then I’m going out for afternoon tea to eat cake and champagne. So I shall raise a glass to myself and the first draft. πŸ˜€ And then I shall do my best to put the story out of my mind, so that it can cook quietly in the background.

0 thoughts on “First draft of ‘Frozen’

  1. Romi says:

    Oh wow! Congratulations! This sounds fantastic- I’m so happy for you!

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow! Our birthdays are only a few days apart! ( : Enjoy Dickens Women, I’d heard about it and imagine it will be fantastic!

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Romi! I intend to have a very nice birthday. I caught a glimpse of Miriam Margolyes at Rosny Library yesterday, where she was reading from Oliver Twist, and she was utterly hilarious and quite brilliant. I think it will be an excellent show.

  2. Cj says:

    Your American website is excellent and very well put together (though the video doesn’t load that well). I’m from Jersey and just happened upon the site. Will be buying the books. You are doing what I always wanted to do with my life [be an author] – just want to congratulate you – – – and wish you a Happy Birthday too! (P.S. Been to Tasmania – and it is a very lovely place.)

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Cj, I agree about the US website, it’s very beautiful – I was so pleased with the thought and effort the publishers put into it. Thanks for your congratulations and your birthday wishes. I do hope your writing dreams will come true one day, as mine have done. It does happen! And I hope you enjoy the books!

  3. Roan says:

    Oh! lian! just dropping by! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
    i hope you enjoyed your celebration! πŸ˜€

    wow! and glad to hear, another book!
    Keep us all updated! Take care!

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Roan, good to hear from you. I had a very nice day. And yes, I’ll do my best to keep you all up to date with what’s happening, both with Frozen and with Path of Beasts.

  4. Christine says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!:) i hope you had a great day. now i cant wait for frozen to come out. i was hoping you would bring out another book.i hope it’s just as good as the keepers. i love the keepers triology and i dont want it to end, but then that mean i will be able to read the triology over again:)

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Christine, I had a really good day. And I suspect I will keep writing new books for as long as I can. It’s something I really like doing.

  5. Hannah says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Hannah!

  6. Sofia says:

    Happy birthday!

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Sofia!

  7. Rachel says:

    I wish I could have told you on your birthday but…HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY! πŸ˜€

  8. Rachel says:

    Correction-very late. haha

    1. Lian says:

      Thanks Rachel!

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