This is a tentatively-hopeful statement that the third Vatta’s Peace book may actually be alive. I can’t answer questions about it, and please do not, at this point, make suggestions (suggestions killed another book I thought was really coming alive), but I have a question for the Vatta fans. Of the military survivors of the crash in Cold Welcome, who were in Into the Fire, which few (2-4, maybe one more) would you like to see in the next book? If it lives? I’m at the point where someone should be coming to the door, but what’s said and how will depend on who it is. And right now…I’m not “seeing” that.
At present (and this is only the earliest stage of a first draft) the book starts the day Ky leaves the Academy. It took longer than she hoped for the government (which has had a major election in the meantime) to choose her successor. So her plan is for a few weeks of actual vacation, catching up with the other parts of her life. That’s not, of course, what happens between the Academy and where she thought she was going, but…what’s there now may not be “real” either.
What else is going on? The newest horse is not settling as well as I hoped, but I still believe he will, in time. I have at the moment a very sore, and possibly infected, toe. Health problems continue in the family, including one we thought we were done with. It’s quite serious, so if it flares I need to be ready to drive someone to the hospital quickly. Which means I should not be away for more than 12 hours, but…I already have commitments to be elsewhere for much longer than that. Which means finding backups. It’s been August for 23 days, which means hot and dry to VERY HOT and VERY DRY. Longing for October.