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 to getting the next Ishmael book out.

I’m working with Artistic Whispers (Dan Sawyer’s company) to get Tanyth Fairport into Audible sometime in 2017. The advantage there is that I only have to sign the contracts and pay the bill in order to get Tanyth into audio. We’ll see how the project goes as the new year unfolds.

My bullet journal has made a huge difference in terms of getting me focused and keeping me focused. It’s worked on everything except the writing – so far – but I’m working on it. Getting ducks quacking in the same direction and my environment controlled should make a big difference going forward.

Fingers crossed and hoping for the best.

Wishing all of you happy holidays and best wishes for the coming year.

Safe voyage.


  1. Best wishes and let the good times roll!

  2. Sara Letzo says:

    Dying to read To Fire Called…I guess I will go back and read the previous books for the twelfth time or so while we wait! Happy writing!!

    • Gina Yarley says:

      Looking forward To Fire Called. Both my husband and I enjoy this series and have now read them several times in anticipation of the newest adventure!

  3. Mike Ober says:


    It’s Christmas. Enjoy the season and take your time to get To Fire Called done right.

  4. Sandra Perham says:

    Enjoyed milk run

  5. Charlie Russel says:

    In Ashes Born is available for pre-order, and is reporting that it will be be available for download tomorrow, December 6th. I’ve pre-ordered, of course. 🙂

  6. Nathan,
    Loved your narration of all the previous books. Why turn that over to someone else?

    • Because I found myself in the position of having to choose between writing new books or reading old ones.

  7. Bruce Sheppard says:

    Happy Holidays to you as well sar

  8. Horace Mann says:

    Sorry to say that for the first time listening to your books, I was disappointed. From ashes born was for me “Much ado about nothing”.

    • I understand. Thanks for giving it a try and coming over to let us know.

    • Michael Krug says:

      I find it hard to believe you felt this way as this book is another great chapter in the universe of this awesome group of stories. Perhaps this was your first book and you did not have the benefit of the previous 6 books to see the value of its place in the series. Being able to see Ishmael grow through the books and the way he leads people and finds ways to solve problems has been a complete inspiration on my own leadership methods. This book to me was the beginning of Ishmael’s healing and reconciliation of the pains from his past. Place in its context of the others, it was fitting. If you have not read the other books before this, you are missing out. They are worth the time. I cannot wait for the next book. No Pressure. 🙂

      • Not everybody needs to agree about every book. I’m happy to have disagreement about this or that title.

        I think part of the problem is the expectation that “Seekers Tales” establishes. On the surface the objective is to find Perc Herring. The story is really about Ishmael seeking his path again.

        These aren’t going to suddenly become action/adventures – although there may be more overt conflict. They’re more likely to be opportunities to look at the “other side” of the Golden Age to answer the many questions about how the culture works.

        In a certain sense, he’s right. I’ve continued my tradition of “nothing happens.” 😀

        • Robert Landrum says:

          You make “nothing happening” way more entertaining than anyone else I’ve read. Kudos.

        • Katie Dixon says:

          I have to say, while I respect the original posters right to have a different opinion, I love your tradition of “nothing happens”. I came to your books through recommendation from Debora Geary, and both of you in different ways have made me come to realise that stories are all about the people in them. I’ve become thoroughly invested in Ishmael’s life and can’t wait until the next glimpse. Happy holidays to you

  9. Robert Van Hook says:

    How’s the writing going? You gave yourself two weeks, and, well, it’s been two weeks.

  10. Nathan,

    I have enjoyed the Trader’s Tales several times in kindle and podcast formats. When I discovered Ashes Born and Milkrun I was delighted and read both in kindle, and listened to Ashes in audible. I also enjoyed discovering the last two books of Lammas Woods.

    Please keep up the good work.


    .ps. Your voice on the podcasts is soothing and I listen. To them between, Uber riders to relax.

  11. robert archambault says:

    Here’s hoping you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Just out of curiosity, what became of Cape Grace? I would really like to hear Sarah Krugg’s story.

    • I’ve still got it on the board. With 35k words in, I know what I need to do next, but haven’t had the spoons to get back to it.

      One of these days. 🙂

  12. Anne Taylor says:

    A year or two (maybe three) ago I had contacted you about purchasing a full set of autographed Solar Clipper books for my husband. Unfortunately, it was in there somewhere that your health and such went haywire. Could we give this plan another try? At your convenience.

    • Yes. Email me next time. I need to restock. There are a few people looking for sets.

      New Year action.

  13. Merry Christmas to you also! While I wait for the next new, I decided to reread the Golden Age, and am picking up things I missed on the first two passes. Great writing, really enjoying them again!

  14. Thanks so much for mentioning bullet journals ( bujo ). Got really excited viewing YouTubes about them! This may really work for me! Thanks again!

  15. Do you know if the Whispersync function is going to work for In Ashes Born? I’m not seeing this as an option for this book.

    • It should.

      • I have been informed by Amazon/Audible that the eBook and audiobook for “In Ashes Born” are not paired at this time. I was instructed to send an email to the Audible Content Team requesting a review of the property for inclusion in Whispersync for Voice. I have done so and will let you know if there are any issues. Don’t want to take you away from writing if I can help from my end.

  16. Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

    Really enjoy your writing, and am looking forward to more solar clipper stories.

  17. Merry Christmas…

    And for a present from my wife, I got an OTTER WELKIE THAT SHE CARVED HERSELF. Complete with purple shell heart.

    Hope you realize what you inspire, Mr. Lowell!

  18. Bud Hatfield says:

    Well, back to “Quarter Share” and do the series again. I find something new every time!

  19. Eleanor Stanley says:

    Mr Lowell: A heartfelt thanks from a devoted reader and fan of your work, especially the “Ish” stories. Your writing and audio work has enriched my life more than I can say with a few typed lines. I have read and re-read many of the Solar Clipper books, then downloaded and/or purchased the audio versions and listened again. Your reading voice and interpretation of the characters is fabulous and uplifting even in the darkest times of the story. Now I have had the opportunity to read and enjoy In Ashes Born & Milk Run and the magic continues. Please know you and your work are appreciated! Sincerely, ES