This post is extraordinarily, ridiculously late.

I had to get up very early for a conference (well, the conference itself was at 9:30 my time, and so not that early, but here’s the thing… I had to find the headphone and mike, both of which were packed three moves ago.  I managed it just in time, but I was grumpy and weird, because I went to bed close to 2 am and got up at six thirty.  So I went back to bed after the conference.

All this lateness brings us to another thing I’m very late at, and that’s fulfilling my promises to my subscribers.  Yeah, it was the worst possible of times, as I was getting ill, and then spent a year and a half moving recreationally.  It was veddy, veddy bad. And since the move halfway through last year, I’ve not had access to my publishing email, so I haven’t even answered queries.

Is this going to change? Yes, it is, but very slowly.  I’ll make it up to you guys who have subscribed, even those who have now dropped it, and I will do as much as I can by the end of the year.

BUT one thing I’ve proved conclusively: I’m not good at doing things every week, nor shipping physical things.  Look, the problem is this: my life is jam packed, and will be probably till the kids leave payroll/are totally off our hands in three years or so.  That means I’m dealing with at least one emergency at any given time. Throw another one in, and everything comes to a halt.

So… if you look to your right, the subscription button is gone.  Again, I’ll make it up as much as possible to those who subscribed, and if you’re a subscriber who doesn’t feel the need to cancel the subscription, much appreciated.  (See where kids are still on our payroll, largely, for another three years.)

However, before April, when most subscriptions end, I’ll have something else started.  Honestly, it will probably be a serial on Patreon, I just want to finish it before I start that program.

Until then, if you feel like supporting the blog itself, the button is still up there.

I will continue to do posts.  I will continue the freebie Grant Jefferson in Portugal serial.  At some point there will be Rogue Magic (probably before the end of the year) finished and sent to everyone who ever donated.  There will be t-shirts and stuff also before the end of the year.

But we’ve just (mostly) unpacked, and anything that calls for not-usual equipment takes forever and I’m trying VERY hard not to promise I’ll do things immediately, right away or very fast.  I’m late on six books, three to Baen and three Indie and those come first.

I’d still like to apologize for not fulfilling promises, and I’d promise I’ll get to it.  My subscribers got me through some very, very bad times, and I owe them big.

That’s the housekeeping.  Well, other than to say I’ll try to have Grant a day over this weekend, and that there will be guest posts as I REALLY must finish Darkship Revenge.

Sorry for the not-really-a-post.  I’ll try to write one tomorrow.

166 responses to “Housekeeping

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    Books for Baen come first.

    • Agreed. When I donate to a Patreon or some sort of subscription service, I generally am doing so because I like the primary work, not necessarily because I want extra stuff. If the subscription slows down the primary work then it’s worse than not having it.

  2. There are priorities, Sarah, and we’re not the top one. Do what you need to, my friend. We’ll still be here.

    • Well, I for one AM the world’s top priority. I just have trouble convincing the world of that. So in the meantime, I’ll go along with the gag and wait for Sarah.

      A man said to the universe:
      “Sir, I exist!”
      “However,” replied the universe,
      “The fact has not created in me
      A sense of obligation.” — Stephen Crane

  3. I don’t need anything. I’m just glad that my small continuing contribution helps.

    • Do what’s on top of your priority list. I’m just enjoying the virtual club house whether there’s programming or not.

      • ^^^THIS^^^

        Sarah, your priorities do not include this place, really. There are enough people here that you are not actually necessary to it (well, except for paying the rent on the WordPress space…). Reminds me of Spider Robinson’s Callahan’s Bar, actually, which I’ve been rereading lately when there was no energy available for anything else.

        Okay, it’s very hard to understand these things – until you try to become a writer yourself. I am just dragging myself out of an illness that took me for the last nearly a month. (BTW, nothing close to what Sarah has been dealing with, I have no idea how she does it.)

        Trying to get a schedule set up, with “reasonable” estimates – and I’m going to have to change my plans rather drastically (or pray that I’m horribly pessimistic). I’m looking at 94 hour weeks – and that is without catching up with the backlog. Even in my youngest days, that wasn’t going to happen.

        For anyone wondering, my blog will come back to life sometime this month – MAYBE.

        • There are enough people here that you are not actually necessary to it…

          She is very necessary. We still need her and we still want her around. We just don’t need her to be on duty with us at all times. As with a mother, when all is healthy, the nature of necessary changes as the progeny mature.

  4. This post is extraordinarily, ridiculously late.

    As opposed to what? It is here on the day it was expected.

    [Parental mode kicks in] This matter has been addressed before and you continue to express your apologies for your concept of lateness. I wish you could relax a bit about the blog. This is not like a contracted book where you are being paid to produce. It is a treat which we all enjoy, but we know it is extra service, above and beyond. You should know you do it very well as far as we are concerned. We would like it if you could relax. [Parental mode off]

  5. This post is extraordinarily, ridiculously late.

    Ridiculously? Ridiculously????

    We are not amused.

    As has been recently pointed out, no daily has failed to be put up by the time of arrival posted at this site. When you post a Due Time for each daily post in the site header, and only when you have done so, you will have the right to apologise for a post being late. Until then you cannot logically apologise for anything other than a post not being earlier.

    Logic, my gel, is a cruel mistress and will brook no dalliance with her rules.

  6. Happy to volunteer if you need a completely inexperienced and underqualified guest post (see? i’m pretty sure I should have hyphenated under-qualified. good ol’ hyphen, you hide all my sins.)

  7. Bah. I donate because you’re the best writing coach ever invented. And you keep doing it. Oh, and kicking me in my political naivety. That’s good too. The rest is just whipped cream on my ice cream on my frosted cake.

    • Yes, but I’m big on delivering on promises. Which is why patreon will not start till all episodes are ready.

      • I appreciate that you are big on delivering on promises. It is one of your many great charms. I also know you are human. With your intent to deliver we have noticed that you will drive yourself until you get ill. Please don’t.

        I want to see you continue your output long into the future. I would rather you deliver a bit more slowly than drive yourself into an early oblivion. So, please understand this come from pure selfishness on my part: channel some of that immense drive of yours into learning to pace yourself.

  8. Not to be picky (save that I yam what I yam, as the sage of Thimble Theater has said) but I notice that the subscribe button remains has vanished in the time t is taking me to compose this comment. Now, I have no doubt that Word Press Delenda est, as I am confident in Posner remaining a moron and AN is a Tweeting Twit, but that elision is unnecessary. I strongly suspect people subscribed in order to offer a steady stream of filthy lucre to stave off starving artistry and NOT in any avidity of desire for tchotchkes.

    Relax, allow our subscribing and be simply appreciative of being simply appreciated. As the prophet (sort of) said: Let my people subscribe!

    • okay, but I’ll put up another one, with no levels, and do it yourself, then… sometime this weekend.

      • For those of us already subscribed, will this require re-subscription? Because you know how upset Donatus Interruptus makes us.

        Making the levels go away is no problem, as the stupid WP never quite worked for those.

      • This is why RES is held in such high esteem, at least by me – he made the exact point I was going to make, that you should honor the Hun’s discernment on whether they are getting their money’s worth and just keep doing your best. No one could ask for more.

        I for one have no complaints.

        Well, other than the door to the raptor containment in the sublevels was left so they could open it AGAIN and they got into the storage for the bar, so there are drunk velociraptors stumbling around, crashing into things, singing, and throwing up all over things down there. And I can’t find the pressure washer to start cleaning it up.

        Other than that, no complaints at all.

  9. Hillary said her concussion caused you to be late, along with everything else. There is NOTHING that woman can’t screw up.

  10. Late! How could you possibly be late? For a Wizard/Writer (no one knows the difference) is never late nor early and posts at the exactly right time!

  11. I’m just glad you’re here and there’s plenty to catch up on when I have time to myself at the computer.

  12. Oh, there was supposed to be an earlier post? Never noticed. Got called to work extra hours today and am just now checking the non-work internet.

  13. Early or late, I will wait. Do you not KNOW what a breath of fresh air this blog is (including the commentators)? Your writing, here and in your books, is one of my reasons for being grateful for the existence of the internet and Baen. Pace yourself and keep well. As said above, I want you to be around writing for a long, long time.

  14. and then spent a year and a half moving recreationally

    Okay, I give up. What does that mean?

    • My take: Sara’s been moving an awful lot recently, enough that it must be either a vocation or a hobby. If she were doing it professionally she would have been getting paid, and she wasn’t, so it must have by default been some form of recreation…

    • We moved 4 times in a year and a half. It wasn’t recreational, but it kind of sounded like it.

      • Recreational in the sense that hitting yourself in the head with a mallet can be recreational.

      • I last moved in 1985. There is still so much trauma in my mind from the event that I can’t imagine 4 times in 1.5 years. I still haven’t found everything from my last move, it will probably be your great grand children that find the last stuff of yours.

        • We are re-buying stuff we KNOW is somewhere. It’s scary.

          • Been there! We’re under the illusion (delusion) that we’re mostly unpacked (completely ignoring the Too Many Boxes to park in the garage, and the piles lurking around the house). This leads to buying things we can’t find… knowing that they’re In A Box, Somewhere.

          • RE: re-buying stuff – We were home educating The Daughter at the time of the last move. I am still contemplating how many copies of The Federalist Papers and The Anti-Federalist Papers a household needs to have on hand. Admittedly it would be easier to determine if I could locate all of the ones we have at one time. It seems they keep taking turns at hiding.

      • Christopher M. Chupik

        I move about once a decade.

        I’m due.

        • Not counting student housing in college, I’ve only moved three times in my life. Hubby and I are hoping that this is the final time. Nice big house (4 BR, 2 BA) on one level, in a state we adore–TX. It’s close to 2 airports (DAL & DFW), both of which are hubs for major airlines: Southwest and American. It’s a great suburban town. Plano about 20 miles north of Dallas. It’s hot in the summer– but that’s what A/C is for!

      • Every few years since the 1940s, someone floats the idea of the “housing pod.” Basically a prefab house that can be moved from site to site, stacked into apartment complexes, etc. Buckminster Fuller, US Steel, and others have all made proposals.

        While not really a bad idea, I suspect most people look at them and think “mobile home at house price.”

      • Got to get that Phys.Ed. class time in somehow!

    • It means moving so often in so short a time that you are effectively recreating your world. You know; if two moves equal one fire, then four are the full catastrophe.

  15. Christopher M. Chupik

    So, what gravitar will I have? I miss my one-eyed monster.

    Uhhh . . .

  16. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

    OK, my comment about cats telling tall tales about themselves (only a third are true), reminded me of a short story that I read years ago (pre-1980?).

    In the story, a man decided that cats could talk and decided to learn their language.

    He was assisted in this attempt by his Siamese cat.

    Well, he learned to understand his Siamese but the cat told him this story about the origins of cats and told him that cats would be destroying several major cities to show humans “who was the superior beings on Earth”.

    Well, the man believed the Siamese and immediately took his family on a long camping trip.

    However, he left the Siamese at home and when his wife asked about the cat, he told her that the cat could take care of itself.

    When they return from the camping trip, nothing has happened except that the Siamese had starved to death, not being able to get out of the house.

    Then the unnamed Narrator comments that Siamese cats are known for making up strange stories.

    I don’t remember much more about story (including the author & title) but I seem to remember that there was an implication that the Narrator wasn’t human. 😀

  17. This post was not late. Late is when there is no new post until after I wake up in the late afternoon/early evening. This post was early enough I woke up to a new post that already had a good number of comments thereon.

    And priorities… you is writer, so write. We do understand at times post might be “Gone writing.”

    Also: moo.

    • Perhaps she meant late as in deceased, terminal, passed away, joined the choir eternal?

      In which case I must demur; it lives. It LIVES.

  18. “This post is extraordinarily, ridiculously late.”

    Thirty lashes with the Flaming Wet Noodle Of Doom for you.

    …[rummaging]… [muttered swearing]… [things falling over, more swearing]…

    [Honey? Where’s the Noodle of Doom? What? Why it it at the cleaners? Ohhh, right.]

    Ahem. Thirty lashes for you, later. At some future date. Maybe. If I can get it re-lit.

  19. Sarah, tell Dan I enjoyed Ninth Elucid. If I start getting my act together again (recently moved the family) he may even get a review.

    For now, I need to sleep. Taking toddlers out for haircuts, birthday parties and eventually setting my computer back up will come after that.

  20. We just got side-swiped by a tropical storm. Still 100 percent on personnel; dogs unverified but believed OK; vehicles seem OK; cats thought to be the same. Just mud puddles, no surface flooding in the immediate area. Lights, phone, cell phone, and internet OK.

    Reports of cousin three miles away lost power and towns 10 and 20 miles south lost power.

    NB: We are perhaps closer to I-95 than US-17 and thus on the left side of the storm.

    Quick check of the radar shows that the center of TS Hermine appears to be just east or northeast of Kill Devil Hills on the northern Outer Banks of NC.

    • Please continue to keep safe. Hope the dogs will be verified soon.

      TS Hermine appears to have slowed its progression up the coast, and is expected to stall or meander in an area off the north-east for a while before finally moving on.

      • A-OK. Still cloudy and a little breezy.

        The National Hurricane Center ( has Hermine slowing down in the ocean; as of 5:00 PM EDT “post-tropical cyclone” moving ENE 12 mph which sounds like Virginia coast and Maryland are going to get soaked and buffeted. Winds are back up to 70 mph.

  21. Hmm, let’s see, we’ve got 1 hurricane-lite, 1 earthquake, I’ve got singing locusts (not enough for a true plague, though). No Riders on Pale Horses yet.

    • Rehearsals for the coming show?

    • Yipes! A 5.6 earthquake in the Oklahoma; “divers places” indeed.

      Y’all might wanna get your reservations made in the non-smoking section of eternity while you still can, if you haven’t already.

      • BobtheRegisterredFool

        Oklahoma has been having lots of earthquakes these past years.

        Which is a change, since the state building code allowed/allows wood frame construction for three story commercial buildings.

        There are three explanations.
        1. Unknown seismic phenomena.
        2. The environmentalists are right about some form of oilfield activity when it comes to certain formations found in Oklahoma.

        Ask around, and you will find a native who will tell a tale of a mythical war long ago in that land. The war between the lords of earth and sky ended with them imprisoned in their tombs, neither alive nor dead. Sometimes, when they are greatly angered, the earth shakes. As it was told to me, the general reason they are angry is gay marriage and environmentalism, and the specific reason is Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

        • If you can find a good fault map of OK, there are all sorts of ancient mountain ranges, fault systems, sub-surface uplifts and other geologically interesting things underfoot. Just because it’s not as currently active as, oh, CA doesn’t mean that OK, TX, or KS don’t have their moments when the earth moves. I suspect this morning’s movement is one of the major deeper-level faults, not a waste-water injection related near-surface slippage.

          • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

            From what I’ve heard, it was a deep fault that went.

            IE nothing that could have been caused by human activity.

            • The amusing part is, long before fracking was a thing and wastewater injection was common, the government decided in western colorado that they were going to extract salt out of the Dolores river to reduce the salinity of the downstream Colorado river. They had no idea what to do with the salt when they were done, so they just injected it into the ground. We haven’t had major earthquakes here, but a few minor barely perceptible ones have happened from the fault they injected the salt into.

              • There were plans to do something similar to the Canadian in Texas until among other things 1) $$ stopped flowing and 2) someone pointed out that it was increased water pressure behind a dam that was causing the brine problem. If you inject the super-brine back into the ground, it might emerge again downstream even stronger. A bit like nuking Godzilla.

          • BobtheRegisterredFool

            Oklahoma is in the big portion of part of North America that is slowly being crushed. It is being pushed from the Atlantic into the fault system in California that causes the Earthquakes there.

            I’ve been wondering if the Rockies might make the crust there thick enough that stress is concentrated to the east.

            • Hard to say, because of the Rio Grande Rift zone and the uplift going on (slowly) south of the Permian Basin. The volcanoes in NM are technically dormant, not fully extinct, the last I read.

      • My husband finds it hilarious that his dear darling displaced Alaskan wife just slept right through the general chaos and cat-assisted uproar.

        When I woke up (having more to do with freaked-out cat and sunlight than earthquake), my response was to tell him that if we get another one, I’ll insist we finally make the water heater look right. (Seriously; water heaters without earthquake straps Just Don’t Look Right to me.)

        • Free Range Oyster

          Everywhere I’ve lived in the States has been earthquake territory, so I didn’t realize that not having straps was even an option.