And we’re back. My apologies for missing last week; Clockwork Alchemy consumed the entire weekend, but in a good way. There’ll be a few photos after the cut, along with two other things of note. Before that, I do want to answer a comment left by H on Saturday in a bit more detail. They asked what the latest news was on the seventh Monkey Queen book.
Hopefully, it’ll be late this year. Part of the delay is due to my not being completely happy with the story I had planned for the seventh book. At this point, I need to either figure out how best to rework what’s been written, or scrap it and start over. I know where the overall storyline is going after that; I just need to get it to that point.
Another part is real life getting in the way. Getting the Monkey Queen books ready for print after they’re written requires covers and formatting. That has taken money and time, and though I may be looking into steps to cut those costs, it’s not like with the Peavley Manor and Skyblade Saga stories, where I’ve had help (thank you, Shei and Amber!). Also, Willow has been busy for most of the last year, both with her Yokai art book and her real life things. (She did pass the review and earn her Ph.D last year, and was immediately hired for a teaching and research position, all of which has eaten up a lot of her time.) I don’t want to ask her to commit time to do a cover until I know what the story is going to be.
And other writing projects have also come up. Skyblade’s Gambit took some writing time, and I still need to finish up Skyblade’s Claim for a release later this month. The Peavley Manor short stories begged to be written and were fun to do (and helped me get out of my writing lull). And I have another project, a steampunk/fantasy thing, that I want to finish by September. After that, I can take a long look at Michiko and Beth and try to get book seven going. But it will, sooner or later, get done!
More stuff after the cut! (WARNING: Lots of photos, may take a minute or three to load.)
Opening the Sunday catchup with a reminder: The second Peavley Manor novelette, “The Thorn Harbour Road Rally (Or, Macalley Takes The Wheel)”, is now available! You can get your copy for free – that’s right, free! – by subscribing to my mailing list! Click here to sign up, and in your final confirmation email, you’ll get a link to download the ebook! You can also get a copy at Amazon, for 99 cents US/UK/AU, €0,99 or £0.99!
After the cut…things move like clockwork!
Today’s Sunday catchup is going to be brief. It’s in part because I’m getting a late start to the day (stupid Daylight Savings Time), and in part because…well, there’s something in progress and I need and want to get back to it. If it works, you may see it later this week. Wish me luck!
For now, here’s a quick reminder: The Kickstarter for the new album by the Doubleclicks, Love Problems, wraps up on Monday. If you haven’t backed this, think about doing so; I get the feeling this will wind up being their best album. Thanks, and one way or the other, I’ll have real content up by Wednesday.
Let’s kick Sunday off with this reminder: If you’re on Facebook, feel free to like my page there! It’s been a bit less active than my Twitter lately, but I try to post or share there several times a week minimum. Drop by and say hi. More after the cut. Continue reading
Sunday catchup, and we’ll lead off with a reminder:
I’m glad you’re stopping by to check in and say hello. Thanks.
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It’s Sunday, our don’t have to run day, and let’s kick things off with this reminder: If you’re in the mood for a little Valentine’s Day sweetness, it’s time to read or re-read “That’s Amore,” a Monkey Queen short story about romantic dinners, half-off dark chocolate and what Shakespeare play not to watch on date night. (Warning: Spoilers!) Click here, then come back for more after the cut! Continue reading
Welcome to this blog’s newest feature, The Sound Abounds, where I talk about the weird, wonderful world of nerd music! These posts will feature and discuss musical acts that have performed songs that touch on (or squeefully embrace) some aspect of geek culture.
In this opening installment, after the cut: The Doubleclicks! Continue reading
Well, it’s still Sunday on the west coast. You know how holidays go sometimes. Anyway, this is a special Sunday catchup, as after the cut, I present…my top songs of 2016! (Warning: Lots of videos ahead.) Continue reading
Sunday catchup, and since we’re heading for the thick of it, happy holiday season to all! (I apologize for missing Beethoven’s Birthday, though.) I hope that it’s a beacon of light for you, even with all the darkness that may be ahead. Lots of trimmings coming up after the cut, including where all those Sunday blog titles for 2016 came from. Continue reading
Another quick Sunday catchup. The secret project has been written, but I still can’t reveal what it is or when…but with any luck, I’ll be able to later this week. Check back later here, or on Twitter or Facebook. It’ll be worth the wait! More after the cut. Continue reading