This is a photo I took in Annecy last year. It is a city I visited in the French alps, isolated by the mountains. Thanks to the unusual topology, the area is frequented by localised thunderstorms. I found myself standing on the lakefront, basking in sunshine, while on the far side of the lake that mountain was absolutely smothered by a swirling lightning storm. It was quite the inspiration, especially thinking of my current project…
I had myself a lengthy writing session for it last night, which bore the fruit of a further 1,200 words. I was working on a beautifully brutal sequence, and thought I would give you a fragment of it:
‘It could be quick. Painless even. But I want to make you suffer, suffer like no-one has ever imagined. I will kill you piece by piece, wear away at who you are until you remember nothing but a lifetime of pain. It is amazing, what one can achieve through manipulation of the mind.’
Phanuchanat and I have been working on the cover as previously mentioned, and it’s going to be glorious. Once the cover is done, I am going to post it here so fast scientists will be scratching their heads and murmuring about ‘speed of light delays’. Till then, seeya!