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 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.


  1. Any hopes of expanding the shamens tales ?

    • I’ve got 30k words into Cape Grace, but I don’t know when I’ll get back into that one.

  2. Michelle m. David says:

    We have faith in you Sar! We know you will get us there safe and sound eventually!

  3. Hayden Read says:

    I wish there was a way to pre-purchase ‘To Fire Called’ on kindle. I have funds on Amazon that I am trying to remember to save to purchase it when it is released.

    • Sadly, you’ll never be able to pre-order my books.

      There are technical reasons but basically, for me, having a book ready enough to offer a pre-order is the same as having a book ready to publish. I’m not about to sit on a book that’s ready to go just so I can offer a pre-order.


  4. James Buchanan says:

    Don’t worry about it. It will come in its own time. In the mean time grab a friend and go to the flea market. Better yet find a mushroom farm.

  5. Jill Dieffenbach says:

    Hope you are able find your way a s you start the new year. Love your books and podcasts and will look forward to your new work.

  6. No worries good sir. I have yet to read a book of yours that I haven’t thought very highly of, you are a very good story teller.

  7. I have just finished listening to the series on audible. A great comfort on sleepless nights. Thank you.

  8. Chuck Lewis says:

    Keep ’em coming, Nathan; you have the knack.

  9. Eagerly awaiting To Fire Called, its only been a little over a year since In Ashes Born, don’t sweat it. You can probably push another year before fans start tearing hair out and eye gouging. 🙂

    • To be fair, I did publish Milk Run just last August.

      • For sure, and I have been eyeballing it for for two weeks now! But since I’v polished off the rest of your e books but that one, call it an addicts emergency stash!

  10. I’ve re-read “Ashes” three times, and listened to it twice. Brilliant.
    A psychologist that treats people with PTSD, and finally seeing Ish get some help burying his dead was wonderful.
    I then re-read the Share books. I hadn’t read them since you re-visioned them. The characters popped out more. I got to get into Ish’s head about his rescue by the people of the Lois. How he helped Sarah by his basic decency gave me deeper understanding of Ish’s gift.
    So will Ish find someone to fill the hole in his heart? I think if you did, the story is over.
    In the mean time, I’ll take my compensation in sponges.

  11. I started with in Ashes Born jan 29, today (Feb. 11) I finished Owners share. Needless to say, I loved them. I stayed up late reading like I have not done in years. Thank you.
    PS my husband will be glad I have caught up!

  12. Christopher Inglish says:

    One never rushes an artist.

    Just want to let you know that I’ve gladly enjoyed all your works thus far and am about to begin the journey anew. I will eagerly accept any future offerings as the muse strikes.

    Take the time you need, to polish your craft as needed. The audience will be here when the work tells you it’s done.

  13. I read your books over and over. I still laugh at the right places. really not kidding. just read q-share and h-share for the eight time. working on f-share now and will continue thru all of them finishing with in ashes born for the third time. Geeeez Nathan i check evey week for the next Ish installment your killing me. really hope you get past the snag soon. Love your work

  14. Nathan, your story telling is like a great cup of coffee. It has to be brewed with good ingredients in the right amount of time. Don’t rush it, we can wait. The 1st taste of the new book will be incredible.

  15. Derek Ollom says:

    Well, all I can say is I am a life long sci-fi fan and you are one of the few. You are one of the few who provide a good solid story with great characters. I just reread all of your Ishmael Wang books and realized once again why I love science fiction. I dream about sailing in the deep dark and seeing the Universe. Thank you for keeping the spark alive. I haven’t enjoyed books so much since John Jones(Dalmas) and his books.

  16. tuppenny says:

    I’ve just reread ‘Milk Run’. A very satisfying book. Thank you.