A bit numb, because I finished the draft of Merchant and Empire on Saturday. Now I’ve got to catch up on Day-Job reading and polish some things because academic competitions are starting to kick in, and I need to have students ready to go in January.
At the moment, the writing plan is to focus on Miners and Empire for November and get 50K words done on it. Since I average 2000 words per day, it is doable. A lot of the scenes and story are already in my mental files ready to go, and I have all the technical data on hand. For those who liked “The Scavenger’s Gift,” this is set in that area. It looks at how cities become free cities, and how society balanced competing interests, in this case farmers and miners. Then the fifth Familiars book will get done.
I have no idea what will follow that, but I’m getting hints of a possible fantasy story centered on Frau Holle and the Odenwald.
At the moment, my publication scheduled is: November Against a Rising Tide: The Powers Book Three
December: Dust of the Stars: Shikari Book Three
Jan-Feb: Stamm and Satus: Shikari Book Four
March-April: Next Familiars book
May-June: Fountains of Mercy: Colplatschki Chronicles Book Eight
Somewhere in there will be Merchant and Empire and then Miners and Empire
At that point I will have run through my unpublished back-list. You will notice that there is no Christmas-themed release yet for this year. I don’t anticipate one, but the Muse may strike.