In the meantime, I'm getting ready to buckle down to the final rewrites on Redman's Hill. In the interim, the ever-reigning Cate provided me with a book I highly recommend; 2k to 10k by Rachel Aaron, which offers a number of techniques for boosting your productivity as a writer. I'm always up for that, so I decided to try them out; shortly thereafter, Paul Finch wrote this excellent post on his writing method.
So a little more than six weeks later, I now have a new MS for a crime novel, which I'm pretty pleased with and is now more or less ready to go out into the world, which would seem to be a bit of a thumbs-up for Ms Aaron. (Then again, depends what agents think of it.)
Another thing that has happened was that Cate got interviewed on North Manchester FM by the ace Hannah Kate, editor of the excellent little anthology Impossible Spaces among many others. You can listen to the interview below; it's great. In other news, I'm going to be a guest on Hannah's show this Saturday (4th July!), so if you're in the Manchester area you can tune in on 106.4 FM; if not, you can stream live on http://northmanchester.fm/