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December 2021



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End of month roundup

Well, the new issue of Abyss & Apex goes online at midnight Eastern time. That's three issues in, and I'm really happy with this one. Some very solid stories, I think: good stuff. One thing I love about being bimonthly is that we can be very picky, for a semipro.

Sometime in the next two months, we should also be debuting a new regular column by an industry professional, unless that goes pearshaped. :-) (ooo, I'm such a tease.)

SO I'm in the position currently of trying to get my ducks in a row to think about what I want to work on after Scardown, as I expect to have a draft by the end of May or by June at the latest. Which seems awfully close, somehow.

My options are: The Stratford Man, a historical/alt hist fantasy that is currently scaring the crap out of me researchwise; Between the Bones, another Edda-world novel that I think I should probably shelve until/unless I sell the other three of those; an untitled novel featuring a forensic sorcerer about whom I've written a shortand two novelets; A Glass of Rain, which is the sequel to Bridge of Blood & Iron; and Wetwired, which is set in the same future as Hammered/Scardown but isn't quite a direct sequel. Or I could try to write A Treachery of Princes as a YA book after all, but I'm not sure I'm cut out for YA.

Sadly, I think the scary historical novel is winning. ::fear::

It's hard to prioritize what one should be working on next when one doesn't have an idea of what one will sell first, if anything.

Ah, well. At least I'll have a nice big pile of Emergency Manuscripts for some time in the future.