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…

Two for the Show

“It looks crowded,” Justin said as they came in sight of the Universes entrance.  Streams of Vattas, including the stream in which they moved, flowed in, directed by Waystation staff and four Universes staff in their somewhat different uniform.  He jumped a little as Shar’s elbow found his ribs.  “Look ahead,” she muttered.  “Those aren’t Read More…

More Zeros, More Progress

There’ve been some hitches in the work on the book lately, but some reworking of sections this week seems to have unkinked things again.  Tonight I hit 110,000 words, and today’s words feel like good words rather than just “I have to make the wordage if it means writing I can’t think, I don’t know, Read More…

An “Interquel” for Cold Welcome

What, you ask, is an interquel?   I made it up, for a segment that isn’t exactly a story but fits between earlier and later books.    I was trying to use this as the end of a short story, where it did not fit.  The location in “Story-timeline” is right, but it’s not a good ending Read More…

“May I see some identification, sir/madam?”

Anyone who’s traveled from one country to another has been faced with a country’s filter department–Immigration & Customs.   Where you can go, under what rules, varies with place and time and the country in question.  People get refused entry for all sorts of reasons.  They get deported for all sorts of reasons.   They may need Read More…

Universes Interlude

“It doesn’t really look like you.”  Teague, a tall, lanky fellow with yellowish brown-freckled skin and dubious colored eyes, is holding the cover art for the latest Vatta book. “Your official visa image doesn’t look much like you,” Ky says.  She looks tired. “They got the bone structure right,” Rafe says.  “It’s just the color–” Read More…

Step One + Snippet

Saturday, April 2, I finished the structural parts of the revisions. Now I’m going over the other comments. Stuff has been taken out. Stuff taken out was partly at the request of Editor and partly my initiative, as the changes in structure up to that point made the stuff taken out less organic to the Read More…

Backing Up a Little

Cold Welcome is not the first book in the Vatta Universe, so the new book has under it the foundation built by Vatta’s War.   Yet it needs to be understandable to new readers without their having to buy the first five books.  This is not meant to discourage anyone from buying the first five books Read More…