NathanLowell.com http://nathanlowell.com Words spoken, printed, or glowing in phosphor Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:17:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Happy Hollandaise http://nathanlowell.com/happy-hollandaise-2/ http://nathanlowell.com/happy-hollandaise-2/#respond Sat, 02 Dec 2017 16:15:44 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1893 The year is wrapping up. I wish this story would.

I’m still grinding away on Suicide Run – Book 2 in the Smuggler’s Tales. I’ve got lots and lots of words but the story isn’t there yet. Fingers crossed that I’ll at least get a first draft by month end.

I’ve got South Coast almost ready for paperback with Milk Run and To Fire Called on deck for conversion.

Artistic Whispers is still working on the Audible versions of Tanyth Fairport Adventures.

Podium is caught up with me on Ishmael Wang stories. They’re just waiting for the final book – By Darkness Forged – as are many of you, I’m sure.

Yes, Cape Grace is still on the table, but with three other books that need to get done, it’s going to be a bit before I get back to it. I’m also hoping to get back to Tanyth Fairport and the land of Korlay eventually. Then there are the new Ishmael Wang books that will pick up where the Seekers’ Tales end.

I’m not planning on quitting any time soon.

In travel news, I’ll be at COSine in Colorado Springs in January and in Austin, TX, at the Smarter Artists Summit in February (courtesy of Podium).

I hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season. With any luck, I’ll have a belated present for you early next year.

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Now, November http://nathanlowell.com/now-november/ http://nathanlowell.com/now-november/#comments Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:12:20 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1880 I realized (a week or so ago) that I forgot to post for October. Just as well, there wasn’t much to say.

Where are we now?

– Podium has released To Fire Called for Audible.
Suicide Run is being difficult. I think I’m past the worse of it. Look for it to release before the end of the year.
– All the Tanyth Fairport books are still in production for Audible. Don’t know what the delivery date on that will be. I’ll let you know when they’re available.
– Paperbacks pending for: South Coast, To Fire Called, Milk Run (this list is getting longer, darn it. I wanted them all available by Christmas but that’s looking less likely right now.)

No, I still will not be reading my own work. I’m barely able to find the focus to get new stuff out and don’t want to commit more time outside of “write the next book.” I know it’s disappointing. It’s disappointing to me, too, but I’m doing the best I can with what I have.

I’ll be in Colorado Springs for COSine in January and in Austin, TX, for the Smarter Artists Summit in February. There was talk of an invitation to Salt Lake City sometime this winter, but I haven’t heard whether or not that’s going to bear fruit.

That’s what I know (or feel comfortable projecting) right now. I’m still here. I’m still writing. Stay tuned.

Safe Voyage.

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September Song http://nathanlowell.com/september-song-2/ http://nathanlowell.com/september-song-2/#comments Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:24:02 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1861 I’m late on this. Sorry. It’s been a month already and it’s only the 13th.

I just got back from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s annual convention and I’m fired up. The book (Suicide Run) took a hit over the end of August and the first couple of weeks of September. I thought I was going to have to chuck it and start over. I’ve spent the last couple of days reviewing it and I’m working with what I have there because I think it actually does work. I’m hoping to get a first draft done by the end of the month.

To Fire Called released on Audible yesterday.

Nothing else has changed.

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Dog Days http://nathanlowell.com/dog-days/ http://nathanlowell.com/dog-days/#comments Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:26:12 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1835 August snuck up on me, in spite of having “Monthly update” on my to-do list for the last week. :/

What am I working on?

Suicide Run. I need to get this baby rolling along. It’s … complicated. I’m struggling to find the focus and motivation I need to push through this mushy middle part and get the story a little more meat. Some days (weeks) are like that.

I still haven’t finalized the edits for South Coast so the paperback is languishing here on my desk, giving me accusing looks and pouting. I need to get that off the desk so I can start on the next paperback conversion.

What am I doing?

Still working on diet, exercise, and meditation. I’m spending upwards of two hours a day just on self-care. The good news: On my last checkup a couple of weeks ago, I’d lost 20 pounds, 4 inches around the middle, and over 2 points on my A1c (from 8.0 down to 5.9). That frees me from the obligation to check glucose twice a day. The bad news: I still need to do what I’ve been doing. I don’t need to be quite so rigid with diet. I can eat more (pushing my calorie intake up to 1500) and I need to consume a few more carbs. I need to keep going with my food log and I’ve kept up glucose monitoring in the morning to check my fasting levels just to make sure I’m not slipping backwards.

I’m hoping that I can start moving my cognitive loading for dealing with this thing to the back burner.

What’s ahead?

I need to get Suicide Run to the editor by mid month – which isn’t that far off.

The Audible edition of To Fire Called should be out this next month according to the latest information from Podium. (ETA: That was my bad. They told me September originally and I don’t know what day it is.)

The Tanyth Fairport Adventures should be available on Audible by year end. I’ve agreed to the deal and made the first payment. Now it’s off my desk until the files come back.

Conventions?

Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Colorado Gold Conference – Denver – Sep 8-10, 2017 (Yikes. I’ve got three presentations there which I need to prep!)

MileHighCon – Denver – Oct 27-29, 2017

COSine – Colorado Springs – Jan 19-21, 2018

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Hot Times http://nathanlowell.com/hot-times/ http://nathanlowell.com/hot-times/#comments Sat, 01 Jul 2017 13:34:51 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1826 It’s been in the upper 90s and we’ll be seeing our first three-digit day here soon, I suspect. Lots of things happened this month, but new words weren’t in there. Mostly the month was consumed with my coming to grips with the new facts of life.

There’s been a lot of good news. I graduated from the diabetes education program. My glucose numbers are slowly coming down. I’ve lost 20 pounds. I’ve just completed my 152nd day in a row of meditation exercise and feel like I’m doing better because of it. I’ve also exercised more–adding evening treadmill walks and strength training to my daily lineup. (Tip: a liter of water ways just over 2 pounds and costs way less than a 2 pound hand weight.) Physically, I’ve changed so much in the last couple of months, I feel like I should have taken a before and after picture.

Mentally, I’m starting this month with a much better outlook than I had going into June.

My goals for the month:
1. Finish the draft for Suicide Run so I can hand it off to the editor in August.
2. Finish updating the file for South Coast’s paperback. It’s been marked up. I just need to make the changes in the file and upload it.
3. Add a second set of resistance exercises to my daily practice.
4. Do the morning walk before 6AM to avoid the heat that’s coming.

Bottom line: I’ve got lots to do and I’m excited about the month to come.

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Summer Time http://nathanlowell.com/summer-time/ http://nathanlowell.com/summer-time/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 13:59:43 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1811 First of the month which means I need to post an update. Last month was a busy one.

Health News:

I’m getting my diabetes under control. Liberal application of exercise and some dietary changes have made a huge difference in my numbers. I’m working on new recipes and meal plans that don’t penalize the family – or sap my will to live.

Book News:

To Fire Called has been a moderate success. Podium has the manuscript for audio production but I don’t have a date for release yet.¬†Yes, I’ll publish a paper version. Probably not this month but soon-ish.

I have to convert Milk Run to paperback as well. I will get it onto Audible. Eventually.

Suicide Run got a great kick in the pants early but has stalled for the moment while I’m distracted by everything else. I really want to finish the first draft this month – which is one reason I’m unlikely to get the paperback of Fire ready.

I have the South Coast proof copy on my side table. It’s marked up and just needs to be updated. I’ll probably take a couple of days and deal with that soon, just to get it off my plate.

Travel News:

I had a great time at BaltiCon. The travel was relatively painless. The Con itself was fun. Dave Robison’s new game – Manifest – turned into my favorite activity. If you like tabletop games, keep an eye open for it. I met a lot of new people and touched base with some old friends.

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May Day http://nathanlowell.com/may-day-2/ http://nathanlowell.com/may-day-2/#comments Mon, 01 May 2017 08:21:38 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1774 There’ll be dancing around the May Pole! To Fire Called was published last night and is available right now on Amazon.

Yes, it’s only available on Amazon.

Yes, I’ll be putting the paperback together ASAP.

Yes, Podium has the file and will put out the Audible version as soon as they can.

No, I’m not publishing another book this month.

Next in line is Suicide Run but it will be at least two months – probably more – before it’s out.

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April Already? http://nathanlowell.com/april-already/ http://nathanlowell.com/april-already/#comments Tue, 04 Apr 2017 23:26:43 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1620 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 wrote 32k in five and hit the end of the book about a week ago.

To answer the usual questions:
1. The ebook is only on KDP (and in KU) because I can’t afford to go wide.

2. I will publish it in paper – maybe as early as the end of May (so I can take it to BaltiCon)

3. Podium is scheduling Jeff Kafer now so the audiobook will probably be out in mid-May as well. That’s beyond my control but they’re eagerly waiting for me to toss the manuscript their way.

In other news:
1. The Tanyth series will be produced in audio this year. How soon is still being negotiated. I will NOT be reading it.

2. The next book is probably going to be Smuggler’s Tales 2, Suicide Run. I’m anxious to get back to that story line to back-fill what you discover in Fire.

3. The Smuggler’s Tales series will be produced in audio, but probably not until 2018, definitely not until I have all three books done, and I won’t be reading those either.

I know that audio is the go-to for some people these days, but I sell fewer audio editions than I do paperbacks and I only offer paperbacks as customer service because they generate just a tiny fraction of my revenue.

Safe voyage.

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Ides Of March http://nathanlowell.com/ides-of-march-2/ http://nathanlowell.com/ides-of-march-2/#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:57:03 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1613 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. It looks lonely.
  • I haven’t converted Milk Run to paper yet so there’s not even a galley for it. I will get it into Audible. Eventually.
  • I haven’t made any progress on getting the Tanyth stories into Audible yet. That will probably happen this year.

A few people have asked about my meditation. I started a program a couple of months ago and it’s been very helpful. It’s called Headspace and you can find out more about it at headspace.com. The first 10 lessons are free but after that it costs. I paid for a year and don’t regret a penny of it. YMMV.

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Ground Hog Day http://nathanlowell.com/ground-hog-day/ http://nathanlowell.com/ground-hog-day/#comments Thu, 02 Feb 2017 01:01:38 +0000 http://nathanlowell.com/?p=1603 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 don’t have the time I need to give them the attention they need. I can’t even seem to find the focus needed to finish the galley proof for the paperback of South Coast that’s sitting on my desk.

All told, this hasn’t been an auspicious start to the year, but I’m working at it.

Here’s hoping I see my shadow tomorrow and can burrow back into the words.

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