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Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, writing.

Well. I wrote over 30,000 words while in Australia, and War is not yet finished. There was much teeth gnashing and hair pulling and I am back in Toronto, still working on War. This means: I have not yet finished the (two) short stories that I have booked from the pixel project fundraiser, either =/. War had ‘two chap­ters plus epilogue to go’ when I landed in Bris­bane. And… it still has two chap­ters plus epilogue to go, even with the addi­tion of two and a half chap­ters. Alpha reader thinks that West readers will actu­ally like the book, as written, which is a bonus, because the book isn’t finished yet. Ahem. I promise I have been writing, and will continue to write — but I so very much wanted to … Continue reading 

Posted in Elantra, Essalieyan, writing.

This is a bit late. Again. But at least it’s in the right month… The first half of May was Michelle revising first draft of Cast in Decep­tion (as noted below, I messed up the title because, umm, it’s not War >.<). so it could become submis­sion draft. This took a bit longer than I had orig­i­nally planned. The second half of May was War and the start of the as yet unnamed Severn story. But mostly, it was War. Which is not finished yet. I’ve mentioned that I work on two different books simul­ta­ne­ously until I reach the end of one of them, at which point, I don’t have the mental space for anything but the book that is ending. It’s just that the ending of War is … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Elantra, Essalieyan, writing.

March was eventful for me, since I usually stay at home and hide under large rocks. I partic­i­pated in the pixel­pro­ject fundraiser. As of this morning, I have mailed or hand-deliv­­ered two of the three books that donors chose in that auction (the third is not finished, not published, and promised to the third donor when both of those things occur); I have had the absolute plea­sure of speaking with the readers who chose the 30 minute hang­outs. During the month, however, I continued my normal writing schedule, with a brief break of two days to attend a conven­tion. So, this is where the writing currently stands. Cast in Decep­tion, as it is currently called, is due in April; it is most of the way there, … Continue reading 

Posted in DAW, Essalieyan, covers, Jody Lee.

When I returned from Australia, where I finally finished the final revi­sion of Grave, I felt a little burned out. I went back to work on War, but progress there was slow. This happens some­times when I haven’t quite emerged from a state-of-anxiety with regards to writing — and Grave was defi­nitely that. As I’ve said before: when things are hard, I feel incom­pe­tent. When I feel incom­pe­tent, I tend to with­draw. The internet is full of bright, shiny, enter­taining things — none of which I am at that partic­ular moment. I am always at my most gregar­ious when the writing is going well. Some­thing arrived at my doorstep, liter­ally, that really helped. In the mess of dead­lines, more dead­lines, emer­gency dead­lines, page proofs, it actu­ally made me very happy — but I had forgotten entirely that it was coming. … Continue reading 

Posted in Audio books, Essalieyan.

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).