Just a few days ago, I had the pleasure of spending an evening with Cat Rambo, marvelous writer and president of SFWA (who also has a Patreon you can find here).
She is an absolute delight! The kind of writer who knows her craft and her business, and is excited about sharing her knowledge and connections with others. The sort of person who is genuinely interested in others, and damned interesting in her own right. Our time together, chatting about everything from family dynamics to SFWA projects, was immensely enjoyable.
I drove home from our meeting buoyed both by her encouragement and her expressions of creativity. And I’m looking forward to jumping back into SFWA matters the moment I complete Breath of Stone.(And really, I so need to be jumping back in. Everything got sidetracked right before the holidays, and must needs be sorted out by spring.)
But nothing is being done before I complete Breath of Stone, darlings. Nothing. (Erm, expect a way, way overdue beta-read for a friend...) I’m down to one new chapter that needs composing and a couple that need some extensive revisions. Then it goes out to beta readers who have been so damned patient and supportive, I feel unworthy. Hopefully, those betas will enjoy the novel more than they feel the need to rip it apart. Once I hear their feedback, I’ll have a good idea on the upcoming release date.
The last year has made a few things abundantly clear: I cannot write a massive novel in the same twelve months I must shepherd my homeschooled son through the last year of high school, train a replacement to take over one business, move cross-country, and set the foundation to launch a new business in a new location. I don’t believe I’ll be willingly taking on that level of insanity again!
A few additional quick notes:
–A new Patreon article will go up next week! In this one, we’ll look at the key principles that’ll strengthen any fight scene, regardless of how simple or complex you want it to be. And the Patreon is only $35 away from adding author/fighter interviews and fight scene breakdowns as regular, monthly features, and about $115 away from adding a monthly video. (Yes, a video. I’m insane.)
–Remember that podcast on fight scenes I recorded for Beyond the Trope? It’ll be available for listening in a little more than two weeks! I’m hoping it sounds half as good as it was fun to record. As soon as I have the link, I’ll send it out to y’all. Okay, as soon as I have the link, and have listened to it myself, and have decided I don’t sound like an idiot… then I’ll let you know. :)
–I am registered for 4th Street Fantasy! I had a marvelous time last year, and can’t wait to not only connect with the cool folks I know through Viable Paradise and the awesome people I met last year, but to meet new people as well.
And now… back to the chapters!