Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Long Overdue Update

It's been three years now since The Pict was published, and it's been a long while since I last updated this blog. The Pict has been doing very well, for the most part on its own, since I've done very little marketing for it lately.

I've focused entirely on my next novel, Jerusalem Falls. It's coming along nicely. The writing is flowing better than it has since Karen was first diagnosed in January, 2007. The depth of the impact of Karen's illness and passing is almost indescribable. It has taken me this long to really feel like I'm back on track, and for most of the last three years I wondered if I'd ever again care about writing at all. But I care very deeply about writing, and I'm definitely back on track.

Jerusalem Falls is a good story. It's blown up to more than 620 pages and counting, which is good; there's a lot to cut out, and a lot of very good material that will make the final cut. I'm only more pleased as I continue to make progress.

I won't promise a release date. I've learned over the last two years that the pressure of artificial deadlines interferes with creativity. One of the bosses I admired most in my prior career once told me that if I wanted something really bad, I'd get it bad, but if I wanted it good, I needed to just take the time to do it right. I've reminded myself of that wisdom often this last year, and it's helped me to focus on making the next novel better. So, while I know there are many out there waiting for Jerusalem Falls, and who have for the most part stopped asking when it would be published, I appreciate your interest and your patience, and I feel safe in assuring you that when it's out, you will get it better rather than sooner, and you will not be disappointed. It's really coming along very well.

The best to all, and thanks for your support and good wishes.



Kristopher A. Denby said...

Hey, man. Glad to see you're back at it.

Jack Dixon said...

Thanks, Kris! It's good to be back in full swing.

Kelly Abney said...

Hope you're getting some time on the Harley between edits. Look forward to the final product. We need to go skiing again. Regards, Kelly.

Jack Dixon said...

Hey, Kelly! Yes, I am, fortunately. It's a beauty.

Skiing sounds good! It's been too long. Hope to see you soon.

Wendy Bertsch said...

I hope you'll use this blog to capture the outtakes when you pare your new book down from 600 plus pages. Recycling is the catchword of the day, and what better than to share those discarded bits with your fans.
Even the cast-offs from Jerusalem Falls should be fascinating.