I have spent the last day doing my taxes (in Canada, the deadline is the end of April. Except apparently when that falls on a weekend, in which case it’s the first Monday after the 30th).
First: I have been invited to be a Guest of Honor at the UK’s Eastercon in 2024, which will take place in Telford, between the 29th of March and the 1st of April.
Second: The audiobook for Riven Shield is now available. It’s narrated by Eva Wilhelm, as all the West novels are, and (some) of the links to audiobook venues are on the book page.
Third: I have sold the rights to two more novels set in the Cast universe to Mira Books. Cast in Eternity has been finished — for now — and submitted to my editor; my next novel is a Cast adjacent book that takes place in the Academia — or as I call it, the Magic School book. This idea was suggested by a Twitter reader. Or rather, he asked if I could maybe write more about Robin from Cast in Wisdom. A novella, maybe?
As my single Severn novella had become two novels, I…said no, because at that time I owed 2 Severn novels and two Cast novels, and had zero time or brain space for anything else.
He then said, “It’s just that I have a weakness for Magic School novels.”
And Michelle’s brain said: wait, waaaaaaaait. I have a Dragon chancellor. I have Barrani students — and two members of the cohort. I have library space. I…have a magic school! And I have Robin’s as yet unwritten friend, and and and…
But I had to shelve this, although my brain was firing on all cylinders, because I had four books to write. So that’s the book I’ll be working on, bar unforeseen difficulties.
And after that, Cast 18.
It’s been a more than hectic April. I spend much of it doing my least favorite writing activity: revising to cut words. I missed my target. I wrote West words, and deleted West words, and wrote more West words which I’m keeping.
I did my taxes. I feel as if I’ve been doing my taxes for eternity, and it was only three days.
You know that feeling you have when you think you meant to say something and you can’t remember what it was? I have that. I’m looking at this post certain that I’ve forgotten something >.<.