Michelle — that would be me — suffered what might be called a catastrophic crash in the middle of May, and recovered in time to do a frenetic revision, a book review column, and copy-edits of the aforementioned frenetic revision. This did not lead, oddly enough, to a stable, happy frame of mind when I once again confronted my personal nemesis, Grave. I was very burned out. I’ve mentioned before, but will say it again: when the writing is Not Going Well, I tend to withdraw from the wider world. I’m not terribly social-media active to begin with, so it’s not always immediately obvious, but I reach a point, when struggling with words, where I begin to feel that I am not the writer that people want to interact with — that writer is competent and organized … Continue reading
I just received email from Audible.com, and I’m posting to share it. The publication date for the audiobook of Oracle is June 23rd. I’m sorry that it wasn’t published simultaneously with the hardcover release — that was probably my fault. The revision process was more complicated than usual, and it took longer =/. Information can be found here. You can also pre-order at the link. The narrator is Eva Wilhelm (who also narrated all of the previous books in the series).
Actually, let me start with the news first: Mira has bought two more Cast novels! I only have a tentative title for one: Cast in Flight. Which is all I’ll say about it until after Cast in Honor is published. — — - Here is the cover for Cast in Honor, by the inimitable Shane Rebenschied. I love this cover. I mean, I love love LOVE it. I try not to tease about covers or things I can’t share yet — but even I had to mention it when I first saw it because there’s only so many times you can bounce up and down in your household before all of your family starts avoiding you. No, I did not count the exact number of times — I wasn’t thinking Science at the time :).
It’s May the 5th. May 5th this year is release day (sometimes called ‘book birthday’ on the internet) for Oracle. I know that a few of you have already found the book in the wild; when I went into the bookstore on Saturday, I found it :D. This year, for the first time, the ebook for people who are not living in North America is also available. Or will be, within the next few hours (it has gone live on Kobo, which usually takes longer, but not yet live on Amazon or iTunes). In fact, all of The House War books that currently exist are now available as ebooks for people who live outside of North America. They are not available on Smashwords, because … Continue reading
Taxes. Because I’m Canadian, taxes are due on the 30th of April. Except, apparently, for this year. A proof-reading error caused an official government document to be released with a due date of May the 5th — the same day as Oracle is released. The minister decided that that error was now the official due date for 2015. That said, I spent all day yesterday surrounded by piles of unlogged paper. I will spend all day today surrounded by slightly smaller piles, and probably tomorrow as well. Yes, that is the sound of Michelle tears. I have done no actual new writing this month. I had hoped to be back to Grave, but return to Grave caused revisions of Grave. And loss of hair, due to pulling-by-me. But… … Continue reading