Final line penned (er – keyboarded) this morning – The Cold Commands is a wrap! As they say in Spanish, Cha-Chan!!!
Of course, this is all slightly deceptive. There’s actually a fair bit of work still to be done. The rough cut goes out to Simon Spanton at Gollancz tomorrow, and I now have to back up and read the whole manuscript through from scratch, trying to form some kind of overall impression of where we’ve been and what we’ve ended up with. There’ll be tweaking, there’ll be proofing, there’ll be polish to layer on – less at the front end than the back, since the earliest sections have been buffed smooth with a couple of years of constant revisiting and revising as the story inched its way forward. The back end, though, is probably still altogether too cask-strength rough and ready in places. Will need tempering.
Still – feels like coming through the door and setting down a very heavy pack at journey’s end. Sure, I’ll still need to unpack it all, do a hot wash or two, a tumble dry and put shit away, but we’re home, man! Even the gap between yesterday – when I only had about a page and a half left to write, and knew it – and today when it’s done…..well, the sides of that gap feel weirdly worlds apart.
So, meantime, by way of celebration, here’s a quick round-up of the soundtrack. These albums were all wiring repeatedly through my head at one time or another during the making of The Cold Commands:
The Black Angels – Directions to See a Ghost, Passover
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat the Devil’s Tattoo, Baby 81, Live
The Black Ryder – Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride
The Black- (stop that! ed.) Bomb the Bass – Clear
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Let Love In
Curve – Doppelganger, Cuckoo, Gift, Come Clean
The Dandy Warhols – Come Down, 13 Tales from Urban Bohemia, Odditorium
The Dead Weather – Horehound
David Gray – A Century Ends, Flesh, Lost Songs, A New Day at Midnight
Heroes de Silencio – El Espiritu del Vino, El Mar No Cesa/Senda ’91
Jehst – The Return of the Drifter
The Kills – Keep On Your Mean Side, No Wow, Midnight Boom
The Killers – Sam’s Town
Kings of Leon – Only by the Night
Mazzy Star – Among My Swan
Tom McRae – King of Cards, All Maps Welcome, Tom McRae
The Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed, Beggar’s Banquet, Voodoo Lounge
Sisters of Mercy – Floodland, Vision Thing
Slobberbone – Everything You Thought Was Right Was Wrong Today
Richard Thompson – Mirror Blue, Rumour and Sigh
Two Gallants – What the Bell Tolls, Two Gallants
Tom Waits – Bone Machine, Mule Variations
The Warlocks – Phoenix
You have been warned!