May ’20 State of the Author

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The draft of Horribly Familiar is done. 75K words. The last section needs to “rest” this week, but it’ll probably be ready for Alpha readers at the end of this week.

I’m thinking that there might be a short story, “Familiar Vows” to bridge the gap between this and the next book, and to cover the adventures of André, Lelia, and the Utah Wedding. A small family affair, only a hundred guests or so . . . Next on the list will be White Gold and Empire. I don’t know if I’ll work on the next Familiars book after that, or focus on Walls of the Fifth River, the novel that’s been excerpted at MadGeniusClub.

I have a short story coming out in an anthology this summer (details to be announced later.) I also hope to get that collection of Staré folklore done this summer. I won’t be going on my usual history trip in June, so I should get some writing done, more than usual.

Day Job wraps up next week. There will be much relief and rejoicing (at least among the faculty) when we can drop the curtain on this academic year. Part of me is glad I had so much more writing time this spring. The rest of me is hitting that part with a clue-bat, because the stress level has been miserable for everyone. I’m not good at teaching on-line. I didn’t even try to do video conferencing, in part because so many people had internet problems. E-textbooks and on-line learning do NOT work at this level, not for 90% of students. Sister Scholastica and Mrs. Hankie (junior high counselor) went above and beyond trying to get students the resources that they needed.

That’s pretty much it. I’ve been reading cosmology (Chet Raymo’s essays), books on leadership and self-motivation (Admiral McRaven, Dan Crenshaw) and Japanese folklore. I needed the brain break.