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. 😀 And then I shall do my best to put the story out of my mind, so that it can cook quietly in the background.