March and April were very trying months. Not just because of the endless snow, but because, having finished Cast in Honor, I then had to go back and revise for length. (Yes, yes, I know this will not shock anyone — but it’s easily the longest of the books to date. It’s like I’m getting worse at the whole length thing, not better). The upside, for a variety of up that made me pull out half my hair, is that I actually have a chunk of cut stuff that reads more or less continuously, which I will post much closer to the book’s pub date.
And I am just getting back to Grave, and in theory, it’s another 10 – 20k words to the end, but it’s been just long enough that I will start what I have from the beginning again.
I am not posting just to whine to a captive audience. Honest. I am posting because it’s a month out from Oracle’s release date. I have not forgotten that I have promised to release the UK version in ebook at the same time as the DAW version is released, so I’m working on that. It felt, to start, that I would have tons of time to get all of the books out. Because anything that’s months and months in the future never seems like it’s onerous.
In the future, a dictionary somewhere will have “Michelle Sagara” under the definition of “disorganized”. I mean, how many times can you forget to put a coffee cup under your coffee maker in one month?
Which was a digression. Since it’s a month out, I am posting the preview chapter/sample of Oracle. It’s here.
And yes, I will also post the long cut section about Sigurne as well — but I’ll probably wait until a little bit after the release of the actual book to do that, because it’s probably spoilerish, given its previous location. I may also release it as a novelet/novella.