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Posted in Cast, writing, chapters.

It’s October 2022, and at the end of November, 2022, Cast in Eter­nity will be published. It was a book written entirely during Covid lock­down. I wonder if, a decade from now, I’ll remember that as clearly. I’m mostly hoping I won’t. I try to post the first chapter of an upcoming book a month before release day. So: this is the post for that. The first chapter of Cast in Eter­nity is here, but you can also find it on the bibli­og­raphy page for the CAST novels. *** I am contin­uing to write, both Sagara and West words. The Sagara words are for the as yet unti­tled Magic School book — but I am sad to say that my Magic School book is … not quite what I thought it … Continue reading 

Posted in Audio books, writing, Jody Lee.

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 

Posted in writing.

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 

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 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