Well, October saw one of my least favorite and one of the most necessary steps on the road to publication of Sword and Shadow: Copyedits. Those were reviewed, corrections made, tears shed, hair pulled out, and returned to Mira. During that period I wrote no new words on either of the two books on which I’m working, but I am once again returning to our regularly scheduled words. I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about the various supply chain difficulties publishers are facing at the moment: paper supplies, printer availability, etc. But: at the moment, Sword and Shadow has a February 2022 publication date (and yes, I originally typed 2021. And then corrected it to 2020 T_T). So I am continuing with the as yet untitled Cast 17, and … Continue reading
It’s been an eventful behind the scenes September, and it’s not quite finished yet. First: I am going to be doing a library Zoom call. Back in the non-pandemic age, the Friends of the East Gwillimbury library invited me to speak to library readers. In theory this was going to happen on the 20th of April. This did not happen for obvious reasons. I will be doing a Zoom library call, instead. From their email: This ZOOM on-line event is limited to 100 people and will feature Friends board member and Sagara fan, Michelle Cowan, as moderator in conversation with the author. How do I get a ticket? If you bought a ticket in 2020, we will honour it and send the link after verification. Please … Continue reading
Thank you. Thank you so much. The Essalieyan Novel Patreon was way more successful than I thought it would be. It was such a big ask. I didn’t want anyone who has read these books all along to feel pressured or guilty or obligated. The author deal has always been: I write a book, the publisher publishes the book, readers buy the book. And this was … not that. Going forward, I’ll do all Patreon stuff on Patreon, so it’ll disappear from this web-site except as a link in the sidebar. But: I get to write the final arc, the final series, in the Essalieyan universe – and I will. I will write the books at the same general speed I’ve always written them, during the same writing time. The gap between … Continue reading
This might be a bit on the long side. That’s the warning. Some of you may remember a couple of months ago I said things were… stressful (possibly worst month ever) on Twitter. If I had been thinking, I would have made certain to separate terrible month from pandemic, which has – for my family – remained a large and consistent weight in the background. We’ve been lucky; we’ve lost no one. We made sure that the less internet-savvy were signed up and vaccinated, and we got vaccinated ourselves; I have no under 12s in my household, and there are none in the household we bubble with when its safe to do so. Mostly, however, what I was thinking was: How do I tell people? And what do I do going forward? So let’s start … Continue reading
It goes without saying that a spoiler discussion thread is for discussing the events in the book — so people who hate spoilers (I don’t, my long suffering husband does) should probably avoid the comments here.