2010 in Review: Bluebeard’s Machine

April 30, 2010 – The first draft of Bluebeard’s Machine was submitted to Samhain Publishing for their forthcoming Steampunk anthology. This was the longest thing I’d ever written. My previous literary gambits were all of the short story variety.

May 26, 2010 – My very good friend is a talented webmonkey as well as an author, and Bree of Moira Rogers fame (who first prodded me into this endeavour, btw) launched me this website.

May 29, 2010 – The day I received a contract for said novella. There was much squeeing, and possibly a celebratory beer or two. I also had to explain Steampunk to my Dad.

June 9, 2010 – My editor, Tilda Booth, Sahara Kelly and myself debate over and eventually decide on “Silk, Steel and Steam” as the anthology title.

July 5, 2010 – My editor sends me the first draft of Bluebeard’s Machine‘s cover. There was more squeeing and many cries of “OMG Ada is totally stacked!” It was awesome.

August 11, 2010 – I receive my first round of edits from my lovely, talented editor. They scared me. Then I did them.

August 23, 2010 – My lovely, talented editor sends me round two of edits. I flip out less. Then I did them.

September 6, 2010 – Final Line Edits. This was barely scary at all. Then I did them.

September 9, 2010 – An email lands in my inbox from Meljean Brook. I flipped out a little. Turns out, the author of the Iron Duke wants me & the rest of the Silk, Steam and Steel ladies on her blog for Steampunk Week. I flailed around in excitement for a while, then ran and told my boyfriend who was like, “Who is Meljean Brook?”

October 22, 2010 – My interview goes live at Meljean Brook’s blog. I pray I don’t come off like a total wanker.

November 9, 2010 – Bluebeard’s Machine is released into the wild. I spend the entire day doing vanity searches and hoping that people will enjoy it. That’s a big part of why I write – I want people to enjoy themselves. It’s not an exercise in Sharing Universal Truths or Examining the Human Condition. I write like I read – for fun. If I learn something along the way, all the better, but in the end it’s because I like it and enjoy it.

Anyway, this is Bluebeard’s Machine’s story… so far. Release Day #2 (in which my novella morphs into a paperback anthology) is on the horizion!

And what will 2011 bring? I’m working on a cyberpunk story that’s sprawled out of its original configuration into something new, and that I’ll have to spend a great deal of time taming into something readable. I want to write another steampunk story, this one set in Egypt.

And I want to have fun. Because if you aren’t having fun, why the hell are you doing it?

Happy New Year. :)


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