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Category Archives: Essalieyan

Posted in Audio books, Cast, Elantra, Essalieyan, writing.

Happy (very late) New Year! I survived Christmas stress. I’m pretty certain the imme­diate family survived my Christmas stress as well >.>. I admit that I was taken by surprise, because in general I would not be consid­ered an opti­mistic person by nature, and as I mentioned else­where, I had not real­ized just how much I had been looking forward to a “normal” christmas, until Omicron hit and that went right out the window. But! After just over a week of writing holiday, I found my writing feet again, and have been getting myself back on track. First: Sea of Sorrows has finally made it to audible​.com. I’ve updated the link on the bibli­og­raphy page. This is the first time I’ve done things on my own, so I have no idea whether or … Continue reading 

Posted in Elantra, Essalieyan, Audio books, Cast.

I appar­ently missed the November 2021 report, although I did post a couple of things during the absent State of the Author for November. This is kind of State of the Author for December, but with a couple of extras. First: The Queen of the Dead omnibus was published on the 7th of December. I missed the date, for which I apol­o­gize. As the title suggests, it’s the omnibus version of the three books about Emma Hall and the after­life: Silence, Touch and Grave. I admit that while reading page proofs for the omnibus, I cried. I’ve been told it’s a bit heavy, emotion­ally speaking, but if you haven’t read it and are curious, it’s avail­able now.   *** I have audio­book news as well. Tantor Media picked up the first … Continue reading 

Posted in Essalieyan, Reddit.

I am cowardly enough that I haven’t joined in — a friend told me it had already started (but r/fantasy had announced that it would be running some­time in November). I am a dinosaur, from the time when authors were told never to react to or interact with reviewers of their books — some­thing I saw the wisdom of when I encoun­tered the first goodreads author melt­down many years later. Or the next one. Or the one after that >.<. And also: reader space and author space really only over­laps in the spaces I oversee. Readers should have a place where they can, oh, hate author choices and discuss them without being afraid of a) hurting author feel­ings or b) angry/upset authors. But I thought I would mention it here for people who either want to … Continue reading 

Posted in Elantra, Essalieyan, Mira.

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 

Posted in Cast, DAW, Elantra, Essalieyan, Queen of the Dead, writing, Severn.

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