January was the month in which I vowed I would write the Severn short story that has been owed since, oh, March of last year. However, at 35k words and chapter seven, I realized that this was not actually even a long novella – it’s a novel as it currently stands. So, that is now being discussed with publisher, because: novel. (I’m sorry, Melissa T_T)
I have started the second short story I owe from the same period. At the moment, however, I have confidence that this time it will be short, and regardless, length is less of an issue because it doesn’t run afoul of option clauses. I think. (For the record, it’s a short story that takes place in the universe of The Augustine Painters and The Colours of Augustine. The first was 15k. The second was 31k.)
I have also been working on Cast 14, although the current angst is not the writing, which is going well, but the title, which — as you can see — is perhaps not.
I have no news to give to West readers re: WAR, but hope to have news soon; for reasons which make perfect sense to me, my editor was unable to read the giant book when she’d intended. So: that’s still in her hands, and there’s still no definitive date =/.
I may have mentioned earlier that Mira intended to reissue Cast in Shadow and Cast in Courtlight in trade paperback. They have! I’ve updated the cover image on the web-site (and the isbn links) to reflect this. Since these two have been unavailable in print for a while, I am also posting the covers so you can see the differences, but — the base art remains the same; it’s the layout of type, etc., that’s changed. The first book has bigger changes, in that they removed the wing that started at the spine and spread out on the back cover.
And they are going to do this with all of the other Cast novels as well, come April 24, 2018.