I discuss projects in progress here too much, and I’m not sure it’s a good thing. Over the past two weeks I’ve been discussing the problems Eclipse Two is currently going through, and the stress it’s causing. It occurred to me, as I sit outside listening to distant traffic and nearby crickets as the sun slowly sets on a cool, cloudy afternoon, that I might tell you the good things about Eclipse Two. I do not have a final table of contents for the book yet – that’s probably two or three weeks away – but I do have some great stories.  Unlike the first book, this one has a lot more actual SF in it with stories about ruined telescopes on the far side of the moon, superheroes invading Eastern Bloc countries, stellar empires  searching for new leaders, and even an alternate history where Shakespeare and his contemporaries get a theatrical surprise.  It’s coming together as a very diverse and entertaining book.  There are just enough stories still coming that I don’t quite know what the final book will be like, but I’m looking forward to it.

Mother’s Day is drawing to a close, and all in all, it’s gone fairly well.  We were up early with two young girls, I made some omelettes for breakfast, and gave Marianne some presents.  Then they went to football, while I got the place ready.  I then picked up my mum, to bring her back for a pleasant, relaxed afternoon at our house.  My sister rose to the occasion, bringing some great food and everyone seemed to have a good time.  Everyone’s gone now, and we’re just reading the tired/cranky time of day, and I’m taking a few minutes quietly outside with the laptop.

Positive things today: read two good stories for Eclipse Two.  I’m not sure one isn’t too weird, and that one isn’t more a chapter of a novel, but that’s what second readings are for, and both are well worth a second read.  I hope to finish Wolfe’s Evil Guest this evening, then I’ll probably dive into Daryl Gregory’s Pandemonium. If I’d not read his short fiction, I doubt I would have picked up the Gregory novel, but I have (it’s terrific), so I’m really interested to see how it stacks up.

This blog

It seems to me that ‘Notes from Coode Street’ has wandered far and wide from both its original purpose and its original tone. There are lots of reasons for this, most of which are important, but few of which are relevant. The recent posts about book covers and so on speak to this. So, I’ve been thinking. I’m yet to find a new look for the site that I’m happy with. I’m very bored with the old one, and will spend some time in the next month or two trying to find something else. In the meantime, I most likely will stick with this old, old one, which has the benefit of simplicity. I also intend to move back to the kind of things I used to post about. Great stuff I’ve read, interesting bits and pieces of info I’ve come across, that kind of thing. Onward, forward!

Eclipse cover posts

Hi all – If you’re readers of this blog, you’ll notice that my very unhappy posts about the Eclipse cover panel discussion at Wiscon aren’t readily apparent. I’ve decided to remove them (they still exist, they’re just not on the public site). I did this because I realise that they’re not helping anyone, and because the debate’s not about me. It’s not something I should have engaged with, and I regret that I did. I thank everyone for their support, and wish the Wiscon crowd a great convention. Thanks, Jonathan