I think I missed an August update =/. Life has been a bit busier than usual, with the usual blend of good and ugh. Good: My father celebrated his 88th birthday. We had a private room at a restaurant, but it’s the first time since February 2020 that I’ve eaten inside any restaurant whatsoever. Less good: I developed a retinal tear; it’s been fixed (laser), and yesterday’s followup appointment was all positive – but it took twelve hours for the dilating eyedrops to wear off. Usual writer variant less good: the Magic School book which I was so looking forward to writing has been eating my lunch, but apparently leaving me with All The Calories >.<. I have several chapters written but think I have to nuke the latest one. Which is better … Continue reading
I realized belatedly that I have a full cover for Cast in Eternity, which I did not actually post. And as I’ve been a bit absent — I really didn’t realize that it had been three months since I last posted — I thought it would help compensate for lack of news. As usual, the art director is Kathleen Oudit, and the artist, Shane Rebenschied, long may they continue!
I hadn’t realized that it’s been almost three months since I posted here T_T. Things on the homefront have been hectic. There are no disasters or tragedies, but I had copy-edits, a book review column, and my brother and sister visiting (sister from LA, and she’s still here). I did get copy-edits back on time, I did get the book review column done — and then spent FIVE DAYS trying to get the column from iCloud to gmail. This… did not work. My text mails were fine, my 64k .rtf column attachment was not. I have no idea why; I don’t know if it’s the name of the attachment, etc — but it’s the same naming convention I’ve always used. I tend to be a bit over-focused when something is going wrong on … Continue reading
I have spent the last day doing my taxes (in Canada, the deadline is the end of April. Except apparently when that falls on a weekend, in which case it’s the first Monday after the 30th). But, I have bits and pieces of news. My new editor is Leah Mol, new to the Mira team. Like me, she’s a Torontonian, so I got to meet her in person. I am feeling vastly more comfortable now. First: I have been invited to be a Guest of Honor at the UK’s Eastercon in 2024, which will take place in Telford, between the 29th of March and the 1st of April. Second: The audiobook for Riven Shield is now available. It’s narrated by Eva Wilhelm, as all the West novels are, and (some) of … Continue reading
I try to put these up a week after a book has been released, but I was so focused on trying to finish Cast in Eternity that this did not happen. So, late, but: this is a discussion thread meant entirely for people who are not me to discuss Sword & Shadow. As the title suggests, it’s a spoiler thread, and while I ask people not to spoil a book in the main publication day thread, I’m obviously not going to ask people not to spoil things in this one :). DO NOT READ if you haven’t read the book, unless you don’t mind spoilers.