I've been meaning to do a longer post, but haven't had the time. You can translate this to just how well the writing is going.
However, on listening to some podcasts I've decided to get some of Jim Butcher books. The Harry Dresden books, from what I hear are urban fantasy noir, which just happens to be a close analogy to "Bladesman". Right now I'm listening to "White Knight" and digging it.
So here's a small lesson for beginning writers, when you start out into new story territory and think that things are wonderful because it appears to be a desert, that is there aren't many other books or stories that have gone down the same path. Write fast. Because if it's true, you won't have long to enjoy that lack of competition. But more than likely the verdant forest that once stood where your story now stands had been trampled into the dust you now see. Some times this is bad, sometimes this is good. It all depends on what and how you're writing.
I'm just saying this because in the past two years since I started writing this book, the noir voice has really made a major comeback.