Alright, alright, you can stop bating your breath. I'll tell you everything, apart from all the bits I'm not going to.
My two-week writing retreat has ended, and I'm pleased to report a fantastic amount of progress has been made on Prism.
I've now written in the region of 67,000 words of manuscript. If I had a gun to my head, I'd say that's just a kick over halfway through the story. (Actually, if I had a gun to my head, I'd say Please don't shoot - that guy there looks a far squelchier target!).
The last read-through probably took me to about the 50,000 mark and I'm pleased to report that my harsh-but-fair beta audience have been generous in their ego boosting. My wife has provided some extremely useful notes and - as always - she's completely right. You have her to thank if you enjoy the finished product, I can assure you.
You might have seen this writing retreat has also produced the official synopsis of the story. I hope I've just about managed to drag out of myself enough of a description of what's in store without giving away any of the seventeen million twists I'm going to batter your brain with.
Things to note:
The original tagline from the trailer: It's all a matter of perspective.
The new tagline from the synopsis: Villains are just heroes who aren't on your side. For more of a clue what this might mean, I dropped some hints here.
It's set in a sleepy village full of secrets. The cozy small-town mentality is important to the tone of the book, and it lets me away with having some great characters. You'd be forgiven for being unsure if it's in the rust west of the States or a leafy parish in Middle England, though.
If you're after some more concrete plot spoilers, then the words conspiracy, kidnapping and betrayal should sort you out, alongside ever-shifting power.
Those of you with long memories or little better to do might also recall the awesome folk over at Spotify have allowed us to team up with them to actually embed a soundtrack in the book itself. That soundtrack is shaping up nicely, and I'm pleased to share with you the opening track to set the mood which is The Scientist by Coldplay. If you'll pardon the appalling joke, it hits all the right notes. Have a wee gander at it here:
As if all that isn't exciting enough, yesterday we were looking at a whole bunch of prospective cover designs and picking out our favourites. Hopefully I'll have some final artwork to share with you very soon!
It's back to real life now, but I'll make sure progress doesn't slip. Stay posted here, and follow @prismbook on Twitter for more.