Mid-January Progress

New Book is at 170 manuscript pages, 34, 280 words, and the plot is thickening.   I’m limited in time for it right now, as the legally required reports must be done by their deadlines, but the book needs a daily or almost daily infusion of time and thought and energy…so while it’s not moving *fast* Read More…

Thirty Thousand…Words

NewBook has thirty thousand + words now and had several slowdowns that didn’t kill it, so…it still wants to be a complete story.  It’s being VERY SLOW at letting its chronicler know what it’s really going to be…it’s clearly a Vatta book since we have Ky, Rafe, Stella, Helen, and the twins in it, but Read More…

Moving Forward

NewBook is now over 100 pages.  It was chugging along  fairly well, but then…it was delayed when my horse Tigger, who is a 14.3 hand Arabian with minimal jumping experience, decided to run flat out toward a five foot three inch pipe framed fence and jump it.  Both he and the fence came off worse Read More…

Progress and Regress

There’s good news and bad news.  The good news is that the new Vatta book has hit 50 pages, and though it’s going slowly, it’s still alive so far.  Ky and Rafe and Stella sound like themselves, and the twins are a hoot. The bad news is that Audible has gone bananas, peanuts, and crazy-cake Read More…

Changes

You will have noticed, I’m sure, the new button on the front page for Privacy Policy.   I hope it covers what it’s supposed to; I tried, but one never knows when a new government regulation shows up, and especially not from a government not one’s own.   You may also have noticed that there aren’t any Read More…

New Vatta-verse Story

I have a new Vatta story in Infinite Stars, a new anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt that’s out today.  https://titanbooks.com/infinite-stars-9264/ . It fits between the end of Vatta’s War and the beginning of Cold Welcome, and is the story that I originally planned Ky’s first meeting with Jen–that I posted here or thought I Read More…

Copy Edits!

Copy edits arrived this morning.   The work space is set up now, with dictionary and Chicago Manual of Style at hand, and several sharp pencils.   This is the *next to last* step for me (checking page proofs is the last)  and one that’s very important.  Even so, if you find a typo in the final Read More…

BOOK DAY

I was supposed to post this earlier but we had thunderstorms and rain and more rain and thunderstorms…and I did post it where people who don’t come here and might now know the book’s about to be out could find it easily.  But I sure didn’t mean to neglect y’all here.   It was a great Read More…

And Four To Go

Four days to COLD WELCOME’s release, that is.   But let’s get on with the story (my hands are hurting so this may be a short segment, and following the POVs may be a bit rough.)   There may be other foursomes or fours in hand or other fours around in this Interlude story.  You never know, Read More…

Three to Get Ready

“They don’t have a reservation!”  The assistant manager  was flapping his hands again.  Bunter sighed–not too obviously–and glanced at Carson.   Carson nodded and with suitable demeanor headed for the backup command center. “They are old and valued guests,” Bunter said in his inimitable voice, silky with steel underneath.   Out of the assistant manager’s sight, his Read More…