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State of the writer, April 2015

Posted in writing.


Because I’m Cana­dian, taxes are due on the 30th of April. Except, appar­ently, for this year. A proof-reading error caused an offi­cial govern­ment docu­ment to be released with a due date of May the 5th — the same day as Oracle is released. The minister decided that that error was now the offi­cial due date for 2015.

That said, I spent all day yesterday surrounded by piles of unlogged paper. I will spend all day today surrounded by slightly smaller piles, and prob­ably tomorrow as well. Yes, that is the sound of Michelle tears.

I have done no actual new writing this month. I had hoped to be back to Grave, but return to Grave caused revi­sions of Grave. And loss of hair, due to pulling-by-me. 

But… I also said I would have Oracle out, in ebook, in non-North Amer­ican markets, when it went live in North America. 

I’ve now uploaded all versions of the previous five novels. They should be avail­able in iTunes, at Amazon, and at Kobo, although Battle might not be completely live until tomorrow. (There’s a small problem with House Name and Kobo which I will hope­fully get fixed some­time really soon. No, really.) 

I am proofing & format­ting Oracle now. Or rather, I am proofing and format­ting Oracle when I need to take a break from taxes. Given that most of April has been format­ting and proof­reading, I’m not really certain it qual­i­fies as a break, per se — but I’ll take it.

I wrote some­thing on Live­Journal, about why I try to be apolit­ical on-line.

And now: taxes. Proofing. Oracle.

24 Responses to State of the writer, April 2015

  1. Joey says:

    Hang in there, Michelle!

  2. I am hanging, in a manner of speaking. Are you going to Sasquan?

  3. Anon says:

    Michelle — Barnes & Noble has the ebook avail­able on May 5 — is that likely to be accurate?

  4. I would be willing to bet on it, yes :).

  5. Pewpewkachu says:

    Don’t go stark raving mad on us. You can do eet! Very much looking forward to Oracle. This is the most excited I have been about a book release in forever~

  6. Ellen says:

    I got as far as Oracle releasing May 5 and imme­di­ately went online to the TP Library to put a hold on it. I came back and read the rest of your post after. That’s how excited I am to read it. Don’t pull too hard on your hair, you’re always worth the wait.

  7. br60103 says:

    Can we have 3 strands of hair to weave into a bracelet?

  8. DebbieH says:

    Everyone goes bald around tax time. Sorry you haven’t had time to write, but I know we will benefit from all that pent up writing creativity. Any hints about when we will get a peak at Cast in Honor? Really counting the days. Your books are always a treasure.

  9. Joey says:

    Yes, might I see you there? And if so, may I stalk-I-mean-connect with you?

  10. Mary Allen says:

    I’m so excited… This morning I got an e‑mail from Barnes and Noble saying my copy of Oracle has been shipped. I thought you would like to know. I have already read the prologue and first chapter so can hardly wait.

  11. Nikki says:

    Looking forward to Oracle! I did notice that Amazon has the cover and blurb for Cast in Honor up. I really like the cover!

  12. ElizabethN says:

    Glad you survived taxes, or will come 5/5.

    Thanks Nikki, went and looked, cover of Cast in Honor is on the paper­back format if someone else is only looking at the kindle format. Very very nice. 

    Any chance of the cover (front & back) being posted either here or on tumbler? I had Cast in Flame as my pc back­ground for months prior to release, torturing myself, and would love to do the same with Cast in Honor.

  13. Sarra Bess says:

    Oracle was deliv­ered to my Kindle this morning, and while I can’t let myself read it until after my genetics exam tomorrow (other­wise I will get no studying done!), I am incred­ibly excited. It will be a wonderful reward for finishing my first year of med school.

    Will there be an audio­book version of it avail­able at some point? I love having audio­books of my favorite books, and the voice actress for the House War books is excellent.

  14. Anon says:

    Michelle — I am so frus­trated. I cannot buy the ebook in the UK at all — not on Kindle and not on Nook. What makes me really, really cross is that it is avail­able IN ENGLISH on Amazon​.fr. Help!

  15. Anon says:

    Michelle — just to update you — I have contacted Amazon uk and been told that the reason that it is not avail­able on the UK website is because you have not autho­rised it for sale in the UK. Would you do this please, please, please?

  16. HILDA says:

    I just received an e‑mail from Amazon about Oracle; I’m assuming is ready to down­load in my Tablet, or they will mail it. They were not clear. The problem is I can’t find the Rolo Desk cards where I keep the Amazon & Barnes & Noble codes for accessing my accounts. CAN“T UNLOAD MY BOOKS. Michelle, I under­stand now your pulling hair. I’ll be bald soon. I never thought there was some­thing worse than not receiving books from you early enough. This is worse. I paid for same day delivery (book and elec­tronic), and my tablet has it because the message came. NO BOOK!!!

  17. michelle says:

    I’m sorry =/. The version you are seeing at the moment is the DAW version. The DAW version is, in theory, avail­able only in North America. DAW is the publisher for that version. Since they have North Amer­ican rights, they can’t actu­ally change the terri­to­rial availability.

    There is a UK version coming — it’s in process at Amazon and iTunes now, and is actu­ally avail­able at Kobo​.com. It should be avail­able to actu­ally purchase any minute now. I should have had it ready for midnight of May 5th — but with taxes and format­ting and etc., I didn’t get it uploaded until 4:00 a.m. today.

  18. michelle says:

    Okay, yes, that is almost as bad as Taxes >..

  19. michelle says:

    Yes, there will be an audio version of the book; I know it was recorded because I’ve been in contact with the narrator. It’s not avail­able at audible​.com yet, and I’ve never figured out how to find some­thing that is forth­coming but not released on that site >.>

    But, yes.

  20. Anon says:

    Michelle thank you so much. I can hardly wait to read it!

  21. michelle says:

    Yes — give me a couple of days to recover from taxes & to cele­brate ORACLE (well, to cele­brate the fact that it is now entirely out of my hands and there is there­fore nothing else I’m behind on with regards to the book >.>), and I will do a cover post because yes: I love that cover :)

  22. Just wanted to confirm that Battle is avail­able on Kobo for Not NA:‑8

    Along with the rest of the House War (except for House Name, as you mentioned.)

  23. Sarra Bess says:

    I’m looking forward to it!

  24. Derk says:

    Just watched a music Video by Aqua titled “My Mama Said ” Lead Singer Reminds me of the Queen of the Dead. The others at the table Look like Necromancers.

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