Well, October saw one of my least favorite and one of the most necessary steps on the road to publication of Sword and Shadow: Copyedits.
Those were reviewed, corrections made, tears shed, hair pulled out, and returned to Mira. During that period I wrote no new words on either of the two books on which I’m working, but I am once again returning to our regularly scheduled words.
I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about the various supply chain difficulties publishers are facing at the moment: paper supplies, printer availability, etc. But: at the moment, Sword and Shadow has a February 2022 publication date (and yes, I originally typed 2021. And then corrected it to 2020 T_T).
So I am continuing with the as yet untitled Cast 17, and also Hunter’s Redoubt. At this very moment, I am looking at titles, or trying to look at titles, or alternately cleaning the kitchen so I don’t have to look at titles.
I have also been working on a proof-of-concept self-published audiobook, which would be for Sea of Sorrows, about which more later. And when I say working, I mostly mean organizing (voice narrator, cover art reprint rights, etc., etc.). If this works well, or at least not disastrously badly, I hope to self-publish audio books for the last West arc.
Other than that, we are all still healthy, as are our extended family. Ontario has not yet seen the catastrophic growth of covid spurred elsewhere by school openings – but Ontario still has mask mandates in place for in-public everything, except restaurants. For restaurants, bars and a couple of other places, proof-of-vaccination is required — which, I think, has caused more people to risk going to restaurants.
We’re all kind of watching how covid numbers progress as it starts to get colder. Still, at the moment, there’s cautious hope.
How has everyone else been doing?