I have been fighting a rearguard action against a sinus infection for the past two weeks, and I am at that stage where any movement of my head — at all — is Very Unpleasant. This has killed Yoga for the past week, and I am therefore feeling sluggish.
Cast in Peril’s copy-edits went back to Luna last week. I just got email informing me that the page proofs are on the way, and should arrive tomorrow. Those are the last things I have to review before the book is out of my hands — at least until author’s copies arrive.
The title of the next Cast novel is: Cast in Sorrow.
I may have mentioned, some time back, that I had written 50k works of Touch, the follow up to Silence in the Queen of the Dead trilogy. At that point, I stopped and thought this book needs to be written from a different viewpoint. I then started again, and wrote 30k words from this different viewpoint … and realized that this was also not working.
So, I’ve been working on Touch, mark III, and it is not yet finished. It will be the shortest book I write this year — in theory. In practice, I will have written more words to reach that shortest book than I write on my longest Cast novels. But: I am working on it. While I still have hair that I have not pulled out.
I had a lovely time at the book launch at the store, and met a bunch of people I had not met in real life before. I also ate about a pound too many cookies. There were no balloons.
Battle, the fifth book in the House War series, is the only book that is not making me pull out hair, which is good. It is not yet done, but it’s much, much closer. It will not be short. I actually read a conversation between Finch and Jarven at the book launch because, well, because. I don’t regret writing Skirmish, but the perturbations in the world that occurred because of Skirmish have made West writing life intensely … interesting.
My email inbox, on the other hand, is down to 895. Yes, down. So, a different way of putting this post is: I have managed to stay on top of the writing duties, but as usual, have not managed to do much more than that.