Snippet the First. After much umming and ahhing and scratching of head, Book Two in the Godless World trilogy has finally got a definite title: Bloodheir. Took longer to settle on a name than it did to write the damn thing ... Amazon is still calling it Winterbirth v.2 (EDIT: actually, today they're calling it Bloodheir: v.2, which is nearly right), but trust me, it's Bloodheir. Looks like it should be in UK bookshops early April 2008. Before anyone asks, no I don't know what its US or Australian publication dates will be - will try to find out at some point and report back.
Snippet the Second. Another translation deal has been done for Winterbirth - Greece, this time. News of these overseas deals comes out of the blue to me, since other people are doing the hard work of trying to make them happen, so each one is an unexpected little nugget of pleasure.
And finally, an update on DARPA's project to create hybrid insects that I mentioned a post or two back. The Times has details on the plan: cyborg moths! You couldn't make this stuff up. Well, you could, but only if you're an sf writer.