Today I finished the script for Angel: The Curse #5, the first post-TV series comic book miniseries. Still waiting for approval on the second miniseries, so I'm not sure at this point what story that will be.
Comments/notes from Fox have been pretty light on this miniseries, probably because I've done so much Angel fiction I know basically what to avoid. I haven't seen much art except from the first issue, so I don't know what it's all going to look like. Sometimes as a miniseries progresses the penciller gets more comfortable with the characters, and the art can improve immensely over the course of a few issues. David Messina had the likenesses down pretty well from the start, but I imagine that by issue 5 his Angel will be much, much better because he'll have studied so much reference and drawn the guy so often.
The next thing I have to do is revise my outline for the next novel--the one for which I went to Las Vegas. The editor sent me a few notes on it. One thing you have to get used to, as a writer, is the editor/writer relationship. It's a little different with each editor one works with, but when it really gels it helps a book immeasurably. It's never a bad thing to have a separate pair of eyes--and a pair that doesn't necessarily belong to a friend or family member, but a seasoned pro who has seen a lot of manuscripts and knows what to look for--go over your work. A good editor will suggest changes that enable you to keep the book your own while helping to make it a much better book.
So I don't get upset when I get editorial notes. On the contrary, I usually see them as a chance to get it right. When I do disagree with a note, I can explain why and usually a compromise is reached. In the case of an original novel, ultimately the write can flat out refuse to change something he or she feels very strongly about, while in a licensed novel the final say rests with the licensor, but everybody is working toward the goal of putting out the best book possible.
Music: Maroon5, Songs About Jane.
Reading: Just finished Texas Wind, by James Reasoner. Published in 1980, the publisher almost immediately went out of business so it kind of disappeared. Now it's back from Point Blank, a division of Wildside Press. A great noirish detective story set in Texas. Highly recommended.