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June Update and some random questions

Good morning everyone, and welcome to summer! (Or winter, for my friends in Oz!) School will be out next week, which will cut my writing time considerably. I'm trying to finish up Cythera before then, at least the first draft. It's a lot easier to edit than it is to write erotica with a small person bouncing through the room wanting snacks and to go swimming and to get on my computer to play Zuma! But I'm only about 13,000 words from the end on Cythera, so hopefully I can finish that up this week.

I've also got edits on Silver Bullet back from David at Crossroad Press, and Melissa and I have divvied them up. I'll be writing a new scene/expanding an old one with Lewis and Mitch using magic to find a plane crash in the Rockies in winter as a snow storm moves in. Very exciting stuff! I love Silver Bullet so much.

Speaking of the Order of the Air, we've got about 20,000 words of Wind Raker. Unfortunately it's mostly a chunk in the middle. Several people have asked me if Jerry will ever find a love interest/find happiness. Yes. In Silver Bullet Jerry finds some night life but not love, however in Wind Raker Jerry meets someone he's truly head over heels about for the first time since Gil died. However, the course of true love never runs smooth! There are obstacles. Big ones!

A reader asks if there will be another anthology of Numinous World short stories like The Ravens of Falkenau. Yes, probably. However, I need a nice mound of stories to do that, about 50,000 words worth, preferably including one novella, and I don't have enough yet. I've got one set in 18th dynasty Egypt and one in seventeenth century Hawaii, and a few shorter pieces here and there. I've also got the beginnings of two novellas about Lydias, The Throne of Serapis and Sword of Pharaoh, which will be finished at some point. I've also got several twentieth century ones, which do overlap with The Order of the Air, especially since Gull/Lydias/etc will appear as a major character in Wind Raker.

And then there's Elza! The Emperor's Agent will be out this summer! I'm incredibly excited, as I think this is my best book so far. If The General's Mistress was the story of how Elza escaped from respectable life and found herself, this is the story of how she finds her power. What if she stopped reacting to things that happen around her, "a bark thrust here and there by the tide," as she tells Bonaparte, and becomes instead the captain of her own voyage? What if she stopped running from her abilities and claimed them? I love this book so much.

Still no word on more Stargate books. I'll update you as I know.

So that's what's coming along! Any thoughts, my friends?


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Jun. 1st, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yay, a chance at more Lydias!

*dances in circles*

And Gull in Wind Raker. *grins* It will be interesting seeing her from an outside perspective.
Jun. 1st, 2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
More Lydias! It will be fun to get back to him at some point.

Yes, Gull in Wind Raker. Looking at her from outside is really really different!
Jun. 1st, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
TWO Lydias novellas? My cup runneth over.
Jun. 1st, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Two! The first one is Throne of Serapis, which is about five years after Stealing Fire. Ptolemy is in need of a man to undertake a hazardous journey to the Black Sea, and after all, "Who else can I get to bring back a god?" Also Chloe is now seventeen, and she'd like this marriage to be a real one. Erp. The journey unfortunately leads straight through lands held by Cassander, and he is no friend to Bagoas, who has come along to translate. Double erp.

The second one is Sword of Pharaoh, which is about twenty years after Stealing Fire. Demetrios the Beseiger is has gone to war against Egypt's ally, Rhodes. Unfortunately, a naval defeat has left Ptolemy's navy in shambles and it will take several months to be able to send any substantial relief. Can one man with three hundred picked veterans help the Rhodians hold until Ptolemy can come? The real Lydias did -- Athenagoras of Miletus, Ptolemy's general and old Companion. (This is where I found him -- in Diodorus!)

Edited at 2013-06-01 07:06 pm (UTC)
Jun. 1st, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
*dances more*

Lydias and Chloe coming into her own? This is win.
Jun. 2nd, 2013 12:18 pm (UTC)
Chloe's not a bit reluctant to marry Lydias. Yes, it's an arranged marriage, but she's Pharaoh's daughter. Of course she's going to have an arranged marriage, and it's going to be to one of her father's officials or to an ally far away. She wants to stay in Alexandria and not go far away, and she's kind of had a thing for Lydias ever since he was the young soldier who carried her out of Babylon before him on his horse! Ptolemy would never make her marry someone she disliked, and he's picked someone Chloe thinks is quite heroic and not at all old. So she's pretty good with this. And the living with her like a sister thing is all well and good when she's thirteen, but four years later she'd like him to get on with it!
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Jun. 1st, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Oh yes! I just described them in the last comment. Lydias!
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