Hi guys, the post won’t go up till this afternoon. I have a doctor’s appointment in a little over an hour and need to get ready.
I’m hoping very hard the appointment will tell me this is nothing, and I feel sure that’s what they’ll say. Which means I feel stupid about having slept VERY badly.
So, because I slept very badly and can’t think of anything to write about, I’ll give you the plan for this year:
Right now I’m closing in on finishing Darkship Revenge. Yes, I know it’s taken forever, but that’s because the more you interrupt a novel, the harder it is to keep it together. And this novel got interrupted by year from hell… five times, and I’ve had to reconstruct lost parts three times. I’m now just making sure everything hangs together before I send it to Toni.
After that I’m doing the novel with Kevin Anderson, the one I’ve been researching in the background for three months. I can never remember the title, because it’s long and complicated, but it’s something like “Lewis and Clark and the magical territories of the West.” At any rate, enough to give you a general idea. And after that, G-d willing and their telling me it’s nothing today, I’ll be doing Guardian (all I have right now is a couple of chapters.) Because in my head that’s tangled with Dark Fate, I’ll be doing a lot of that on this blog then.
When Guardian is in, I’ll be doing the Dragons trilogy, the one I’ve excerpted here before. That will get flung at Baen for good or ill. If they want it, it’s theirs. If they don’t, it goes out indie, probably mid-summer.
I’m going to try to finally finish The Brave And The Free to go indie the fourth of July. No promises, as I can’t be sure of my health. BUT I’m going to do my d*mndest. Now that I’m no longer depressed, it should be possible (worst novel to write while depressed, since it takes place in a total police state.)
I also have, newly reverted, all of the furniture refinishing mysteries, and TRULY I can do one of those in a week (it’s how they were all written) so I’m going to try to release them all (Jack Wylder made AMAZING covers for them) and then do the fourth “A Well Inlaid Death”.
Also reverted, and edited, but needing my go-over is the entire magical British Empire Trilogy. I’ll be working on that and the mysteries in the evenings, in lieu of a life, though I still want to take date night with my husband and probably “reading Sunday” once a week.
To the long suffering fans of the Musketeer mysteries, Musketeer’s Confessor is almost done, and would have been out in December, if I hadn’t collapsed in the shower and then entered a roller coaster of doctor’s appointments (most of it to tell me I’m healthy, except there is a thingy in my brainy. Apparently. Two thingies actually, which seems like an embarrassment of riches.) I need to write the final third and do a thorough edit. As I said, thank G-d I don’t have a life, and the boys seem to be settling into lives of their own, in which they don’t need much of our time. At least they seem to be so after the holidays. No promise on date, but I’ll try to get it into your hands ASAP.
The same for Rogue Magic and Elf’s blood and probably Witch’s Daughter, all of which are substantially written. Witch’s Daughter, like Darkship Revenge got impacted because of a move just in the MIDDLE of it. But once I have the Baen work in, I’ll return to it and it should be a quick run through, though a little awkward, since it’s a YA.
There’s two secret projects, which you’ll know about when I tell you they’re done. I suppose they’re both, if you squint, mil sf, but the first is a reprise of the first world I ever created and which I couldn’t sell, because it was too weird for words. Weird is easier when you have craft.
There’s also collaborations with two sons, the biological elder, and the adopted (at thirty or so) eldest. The first is “Harry Potter in Space” and the first book is The Curse of the Gypsy Child. The second is Signals in the Storm, a military fantasy. It was started at Liberty con three years ago, and then both of our lives got weird. But it is a priority now. Both will be flung at Baen and if not accepted brought out indie. (Though I might offer them to Wordfire first.)
I’ll be — G-d willing — attending three cons, and hopefully at Denver comicon. The first con is CoSine in Colorado Springs, at the end of January, then there’s Liberty con and I hope Dragon con, which will be a first.
Now go on, yell at me about crazy schedule. Oh, yeah, to leave room for fiction, I’m ONLY doing three new articles here a week, the rest will be guest posts or excerpts or other, lighter stuff. Hope that’s okay. I mean three columns a week is more than professional columnists do, right?
Oh, yeah, I’m hoping to do something with PJM again, which means I need to send them a proposal.
Now let the yelling begin. And keep your fingers crossed this brainy thingy is nothing, or the schedule gets upended again.