Tuesday, October 30, 2012

In Which the Author makes a small announcement of incommunicado

Hey there

As you can see by the total lack of updates this month, my life's gone on one of those weird sabbaticals again. Next month, when I should be doing Nanowrimo, I will instead be moving out of state and selling off almost everything I own to get there. Including the computer. Which means I won't have a lot of communication with people until I can acquire a new one. I do have two things you should know: I can always update my personal Twitter feed @arlnee via my cell phone (which is not a smartphone, so texting to Twitter is about all I can do with it, other than, you know, make phone calls) and where I am moving will have a business center so I can occasionally log in and get email and the like. Other than that, nada.

Yes, I am still working on Honor. Yes I still will get it done. I had hoped to have it completed before Christmas but with this new schedule I do not know if I will be able to jump back on and get it done before then. My brain is in several different directions at this point. But it will get done. It is getting done.

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Also, wanted to post to say RIP HMS Bounty, and those who lost their lives during Hurricane Sandy: Captain Robin Walbridge and crewmember Claudene Christian. Those who read Adrift might know I like tall ships a little bit. I was wondering myself why this ship went to sea before the storm knowing it was coming. The answer is, that a ship at sea can move and weather a storm better than at port, getting knocked into the pier and so on (and for pier, look at the famed Atlantic City boardwalk and see what happened to it. Now imagine a tall ship next to it.) So they tried to get out of the way and lost engines and abandoned ship. People will second guess what happened for a long time to come, but after reading the accounts, I cannot do the same. My heart goes out to the families of the lost and those who sailed on her, being true mariners, who went out knowing the odds and the treachery of the sea and went out anyway.

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When my personal fortunes change I will certainly let it be known. Until then: au revoir, adieu, à bientôt

Thursday, October 11, 2012

In Which the Author says finally

Good News! I finished polishing a book and it's done and ready to go!

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but it's not Honor. It's the other one.

Sorry.

I finished getting my book for Harper Voyager's open call for sf/fantasy manuscripts together. So that's now out of the way and I don't have to think about it again either a) ever (if it gets accepted) or b) in three months (when it's no longer exclusively submitted with them and I can shop it elsewhere, which I guarantee you, I shall). SUPER special thanks to both Trout and Val for helping me beta that thing and work out the plot bugs.

But the best news is that now that that's out of the way, the only other book on my plate is YOU KNOW WHAT.

Just give me a day to catch my breath and I'll get right back on it. Oh and ps: betas, can I get a status update? Don't need 'em back now, just need to know where I am and where you are. Thanks.

Writing is easy. It's the waiting that's a killer.