Sunday, March 11, 2018

Projects, Computers, Hair

My latest novel, the ‘fantasy adventure’ WOMAN OF THE SKY, was officially released yesterday, March 10. It was generally available everywhere by then, at our own shop, at online retailers, etc. The date was just to have a release date. WOTS is the third and final installment of my Mora Trilogy (which followed the events of the Malvern Trilogy, set in the same time and place). If I write more stories set in the Mora world, it will be a couple years down the line — there are no ideas burning to be put into words right now (though I have a good idea where I would go, when I get to it).

So, what are my current projects? I am still plugging along on ASANAS, my mainstream-ish attempt (It might even be styled ‘women’s fiction’). It has been neglected the last couple works as I needed to turn my attention elsewhere. Fear not, I shall finish off the fourth and last section reasonably soon. In that I have the story all plotted out, it becomes a bit of paint-by-numbers at this point, which makes it more difficult to remain interested!

Beyond that, I am jotting down ideas and passages and so on for the sequel to THE EYES OF THE WIND. The continued story of Marana and Saj will be titled THE JEWELS OF THE ELEMENTS and it is likely that it will be the only other novel that focuses on the pair. Their children are another matter. As usual, I am ‘building’ the novel in an almost Nabokov-like manner, and do not sit down and write a linear first draft — by the time I have a draft narrative it has undergone lots of revision and rewriting. In essence, it is what most would probably call their second draft.

One of the things that has been taking up my time is getting the recording space (dare I say studio?) back into operation. That included getting a new computer set up and, as long as I was at it, I moved everything around! Actually, I moved the PC I bought for the office a couple months ago; that had always been my intention as it was better suited to the role, a fast i7-powered machine with lots of ram. Now I have a Xeon-powered PC in the office for graphics and probably some of my writing. Pretty powerful too but not quite as fast. Different needs for different jobs.

Anyway, I do hope to get some recording done in time. Shoot, I hope to get lots of things done in time. I still have time, I think! I’m not young but I am in excellent physical shape (though that can be deceiving, I know), the leanest I have been in my life and more muscular than most  guys half my age. Maybe even a third my age. I’m hiking 10K a couple times a week, still lift weights pretty much every day.

And I’ve let my hair grow back out to head-banger length. As they say, if you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if you’ve still got it at my age, flaunt it all the more!

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