After spending some time in the future, I'm now time-traveling to the late 1700s again for a couple of weeks. I got page proofs for Blackthorne yesterday. OMG, the layout and typography are gorgeous. The folks at Saga did a magnificent job. Seriously, I wish you could see this. At the same time, I'm getting the heebie-jeebies. It's part of the publishing process: this fear. I know I've taken risks when this is how I feel upon watching it inch toward publication. Risk-taking is my job, I know, but it doesn't make it any less scary. Gods, I hope y'all like it. It contains murder mystery/crime, politics, adventure, tall ships, guerilla warfare, and some horror. All mixed together. This one is dark--much darker than Cold Iron. Suvi, Nels (and Viktor,) and Ilta are present, but there are new characters too. Dylan and Dar get more screen-time. (I very much enjoyed writing about those two.) And...and...there's so much that turned out right with this one. I'm excited...and terrified all at once.
That's how it goes. We'll see. Anyway, I've so much work to do. The page-proofs for Blackthorne, finishing a novel, and writing/rewriting two short-stories. It's a lot for me. So, I'll probably be scarce on Twitter and FB for a while. It's for the best, really. I don't need to get embroiled in debates. (Although, holy crap, Republicans. Really? You honestly don't give a crap about hypocrisy? Really? You really have no sense of irony at all? I mean, what the hell do you say to someone who is that intent on being the one who is right at all times? Who is that tied to believing they can do no wrong? [sigh] I mean, we get it. It was never about HRC's emails. Not ever. It was about HRC. It was personal. Period. We get that. But either perjury is a crime with a prison sentence or it isn't. I'm sick to fucking death of your exceptionalism.)
Anyway, I'm off to check my manuscript. I hope your weekend is a good one!
is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author living in Texas.