Okay, guys, a quick update/admnistrivia and then a writing exercise at the bottom.
To begin with, we’re leaving on Wednesday for two weeks in Europe, i.e. for once not Portugal. It’s complicated. More about this later. It involves research for one leg of the Black Tide book, though, among other things.
Older son will be staying behind, and we have someone come in to look after the cats in case he forgets. (He’ll be doing his clinical year, so I suspect sometimes the cats will get fed five times a day and sometimes none as far as he’s concerned.)
Meanwhile I’m very late on books owed to people who won them, and t-shirts and Shwag to subscribers. Honestly, the problem was that once I was ready to send them, I couldn’t find the fargin boxes because of our movers evenly distributed stuff that belongs in the office from the attic to the garage.
When I come back I’m taking three days or so to unpack my office properly (shoving a hodge podge of boxes into the closet is not unpacking) and clearing the garage, because older son will need to park in it in Winter, so he doesn’t have to scrape ice off his window on his way to hospital. So mid September I SHOULD have everything I owe people in my hot little hands, and can then do a mass-shipping.
I’m going to request PLEASE that if I owe you stuff you email me not now but around Sept 12. Sorry it’s been so long, but life has been way too complicated and is just starting to smooth out.
Needless to say I’ll be writing in Europe. Yeah, we’re sort of trying to cram in a vacation too, but honestly we don’t know HOW to do that. Our last “not seeing relatives/not convention” vacation-vacation was our honeymoon almost 33 years ago.
The only model for vacation we have is the weekends in Denver and those are very pleasant and we DO get a lot of writing done. So we’re going to try this. It will be mostly Guardian, which I hope to have finished when I come back.
Then I need to get Dyce 4 and the vampire musketeer II out. And then well, there’s the black tide book, and I suppose I shouldn’t leave you guys waiting for years for the next Darship, let alone the Shifters which has been years. So there’s those. And that’s the rest of the year. However, if I do those, it leaves me able to start in January with Dragons, and a couple of other things I’ve backburnered.
At least if no more disasters hit us this year. Let’s hope not.
Oh, and all of you are in charge of making sure I have a country to come back to. Things have gotten distressingly silly out there.
Right, so your writing prompt is a beginning and remember this is NOT necessarilly romance (in fact, the three ideas I can think of all SF/F though mystery could work too):
I sat down, trembling. He had touched me. Nothing would be the same again.