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December Monthly Update

It's a clear, cold, and beautiful day here, and I'm watching the squirrels eating a pumpkin. I moved the decorative pumpkin from the porch to the back yard the day after Thanksgiving, and now a posse of three squirrels is taking it apart. I hope it provides them some yummy nutrition now that it's done being a fall decoration.

My next book out is Silver Bullet, the third Order of the Air book, which will be out in February. I'm so pleased with it, and I think it's the best one yet. It's certainly the longest! It came out in length between Black Ships and Hand of Isis, making it my second longest book. I am proud of it on so many levels, and I can't wait for you to see it!

Right now Melissa and I are finishing the fourth Order of the Air book, Wind Raker, which will probably be out next fall. We're above a hundred thousand words, and so we're into the resolution of the plot. This may be the best magic scene I've ever written. I hope you think so too!

As soon as I'm done with Wind Raker, it's all about Unascended. Amy's gotten going with her part and I've done a few scenes, but in the next couple of weeks I'll get down to the solid work on Unascended so that we'll be done for our March 1 deadline. I love writing Elizabeth, which are my next pieces. I've always thought she was an awesome character, and it's wonderful to try to get into her head.

I've also begun Serai, the sequel to Cythera, but I don't think I'll get far with it until Unascended is done. (Though I may moonlight a little!)

I'm itching to write another ancient world book, either Sacred Queen or Lioness, but right now I see no chance of selling either one and I can't afford to put four or five months work into a book that won't sell. I've been considering Kickstarter in the coming year, as it seems like that's worked for some authors. I would so love to explore the Age of Alexander through Thais and Berenice!

And there is Endless, the eighth Stargate Atlantis Legacy book which I'll work on later in 2014, and which will wrap up the plot of Unascended. More on that later!

So what are your thoughts, my friends? Anything you're particularly interested in? Looking forward to? Have questions about?

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ashabardon
Dec. 3rd, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
Ohhh a Kickstarter ... for Lioness please!
jo_graham
Dec. 3rd, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm torn whether to do it for Lioness or Sacred Queen. Truly a conundrum!
ashabardon
Dec. 3rd, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Though I have come to love Elza, I honestly prefer the ancient world stuff and you've not mentioned Lioness in such a long time ....
ashabardon
Dec. 3rd, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
Which isn't to say I don't adore Elza and Bea .... :D
jo_graham
Dec. 4th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you do!
jo_graham
Dec. 4th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Well, Sacred Queen is ancient world too. So I'm kind of torn between them!
angelsallfire
Dec. 3rd, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Did you ever make yourself an Elizabeth playlist? :)
I cannot express how much I am looking forward to Silver Bullet. You know I'm particularly fond of Mitch, but I'm really missing Jerry right now, and I'm very eager to see how Al and Lewis are doing.
jo_graham
Dec. 3rd, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC)
I haven't made the playlist yet. I was listening to the Atlantis soundtrack while I wrote the last parts, and picking out a few songs to play like "If I Wrote You" and "Water, Fire and Smoke." I think I need to figure out which NGOs she worked for (per Lost City and her conversation with Kinsey) because that's one of those very specific cultural things. I worked in DC for years for progressive NGOs, and I knew people at a lot of others, so it really makes a difference where she worked and when. And of course it would have been in the Clinton years mainly, which was also very specific.... Hummm.

I'm so glad you're looking forward to Silver Bullet! Jerry has some good stuff in Silver Bullet, the beginning of a plot that will take him through the next two books after Silver Bullet, culminating in Egypt in Oath Bound. And Al has a new challenge, one she never expected!
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