April Already?

I lost the change over because I was hip deep in the second draft of To Fire Called. You read that right. The second draft. I also got the book converted and distributed to betas (who have until tomorrow to get back to me) and I've got an editor on speed dial to take the final manuscript as soon as I can get it to her. Look for this ebook by the first of May. The breakthrough came during a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's event where we challenged each other to write 25k words in 4 days. I … [Read more...]

Ides Of March

Well, almost. That new month snuck up on me and I've been trying to catch up for a week. There is good news. Not that good news. To Fire Called is still on the word processor, but I think I've found the problem and I've been beavering away to get it settled so I can get this book off my desk and onto your readers. I've had some great help and good advice from a variety of folks. I'm grateful to all of you. - In other news: I still have the galley for South Coast here on my desk. … [Read more...]

Ground Hog Day

That time of the year when I stick my head up to update you on what's happening. The good news is that I've finally broken the logjam on To Fire Called. I figured out what I'd done wrong. The bad news is that I may have made another bad turn and I can't seem to find the path to the end of the story. Fingers crossed that this doesn't last much longer. On the subject of audio: I'm getting a lot of pressure to put Natalya's stories into Audible. They'll get there, just not right away. I … [Read more...]

A Decade

On this day in history, I took up the challenge to write science fiction. Little did I know what I'd started. It's true that I wrote four books that year - and podcast them all at podiobooks.com before the year was out. I haven't managed to replicate that feat, and I probably never will. Starting out, it's easy to find something to do better on the next book. After twelve titles, just defining what better might be becomes a challenge - as is finding new stories to tell. I'm working on … [Read more...]

Happy 2017

I'll remember 2016, not exactly fondly but not exactly with warm regards. Mostly I'll remember the great fans and getting Milk Run out the door finally. I'll remember it because it's the year I started my bullet journal and I'm looking forward to increased productivity in 2017. On the plate: Finishing To Fire Called. I'm 65k words into it and I think I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque. I'll find it right path and finish it as soon as I can. Suicide Run is waiting in the … [Read more...]

Happy Hollandaise

Yeah, I'm making a sauce of it. In good news, In Ashes Born should be available on Audible by mid-December. In not so good news, I still don't have To Fire Called done. I think it's about 60% and I'm leaning heavily on these next two weeks to get it completed. We'll see how well that goes. Podium is waiting for it so Jeffrey Kafer can do the narration. I've got the galley for South Coast. As soon as I can get it marked up and corrected, I can release it in paper. It's taking a back seat … [Read more...]

November Now!

Sorry about that. I just realized that November had started and I forgot to add a status post. With everything going on, I forgot. I'm still grinding away on To Fire Called and have Suicide Run loaded into NaNoWriMo's profile for November. I don't know if I'm going to get to it but it's ready in case I can. It's a bit of incentive to try for 50k before the end of the month to move this along a little. Jeffrey Kafer's Audible narration of Owner's Share is now available for pre-order and In … [Read more...]

Autumn Update

October is one of my favorite months. The cooler weather, the changing colors, and the shift in diet to soups and stews all remind me of growing up in rural Maine. While I don't have to dig up the potatoes any more, and my gardening is limited to clipping back the odd shrub, it's still a month I look forward to. This year, I'm looking forward to finishing To Fire Called and getting it out. I'm about 27k words into it and - while the story isn't what I expected (they never are) - I'm still … [Read more...]

September Song

The newest book is out! The first book in the new Smuggler's Tales dropped and I'm pleased with the results so far. Milk Run features Natalya Regyri and her wingman, Zoya Usoko, in an adventure in Toe-Hold space. It took me long enough to get the book going but I'm pleased with the way it has worked out. Some of you will recognize the first three chapters as the short story "Exile" which appeared earlier this year in the Starbound anthology. Starbound was only available for three months … [Read more...]

August Already?

Sorry, the new month slipped in on me while I was writing. I just completed the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers NovelRama event where we had to write 25,000 words in four days. That's a nice start to a new book. Where are we now (summary): 1. I've finished Milk Run and got some excellent feedback from the beta readers. I'll be fixing that up and sending off to the editor in a few days. 2. I've got 25,000 words on To Fire Called. I'll get back to that as soon as I get Milk Run off … [Read more...]