Stone of Remembrance

June 26, 2008

Walter Hunt Author Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 2

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June, 2008

Welcome to the second issue of my mailing list newsletter for 2008, intended to provide you with information about my work, my website www.walterhunt.com, and my activities and appearances.

Books Update

The Dark Wing is now in its fourth printing in paperback.

It has also appeared in Russian language and is available at Ozon and Books.ru. Thanks to vorchun for passing this information on to me.

The Dark Wing is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Die Dunkle Schwinge”, and can be ordered from amazon.de.

The Dark Path is now in its second printing in paperback.

The Dark Path is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Pfad”, and can be preordered from amazon.de.

The Dark Ascent is now out in mass-market paperback.

The Dark Ascent is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Stern”, and can be ordered from amazon.de.

The Dark Crusade is now out in mass-market paperback.

The Dark Crusade is now out in Taschenbuch-Format (paperback) in Germany under the title “Der Dunkle Kreuzzug”. It can be ordered from amazon.de.

A Song In Stone will appear in hardcover in November 2008.


A Song In Stone can be preordered from amazon.com.

Madness In Harmony will (tentatively) appear in July 2009.

No ordering info yet.

What’s Been Happening

Normally I would tout my extensive blogging at Stone of Remembrance in this space. Instead, I’m going to rise on a point of personal privilege to explain why there hasn’t been much there recently (by which I mean during the last month.) The reason is simple: I’ve been writing at a great rate. Not an Ed Greenwood great rate, mind you, but fast for me. Also, this has been a particularly busy, and trying, spring and early summer.

The reasons for this are various.

  • The Masonic year just ending has been somewhat arduous. As reported on this blog, a dear friend and Past Master of Mount Hollis Lodge died suddenly a few months ago at age 39. As a result of my unwillingness to see my efforts on behalf of Mount Hollis be dissipated, I have allowed myself to be elected Senior Warden for the coming year (the #2 position). This is not intended to lead to another year as Master. Repeat: it is not intended . . .
  • A Song In Stone, the Rosslyn book, was the top priority earlier in the year. It’s out in ARC now and has been sent out to reviewers, including a number of Masonic publications. I am hoping that my many Masonic friends will find it compelling. Which leads to . . .
  • Madness In Harmony. This is the work for hire book for Wizards of the Coast. See below.
  • My wife has recently undergone a minor knee operation, which has complicated our lives somewhat. She will come out of it stronger and healthier, so if anyone was concerned about her ability to continue to kick my . . . well, stop being concerned.
  • I’ve been traveling: Minnesota in March to teach a week-long course in historical turning points, and to attend Marscon; Ohio in April for the Gathering of Friends; BayCon in Santa Clara, California in May. I have also given a talk about Rosslyn and the upcoming book at several Masonic meetings, including in Framingham, Newton, Brockton, and most recently Holyoke. More will come in the fall.

And that’s just the things on the front of the desk.

So a friend of mine said on the blog, “Walter doesn’t live here anymore.” Not quite true: but I have been on a long hiatus. Writing, as it turns out. And dealing with what we colloquially call “real life.” You could ask my friends at the game club how often I’ve missed coming this year – more than any year since I was fifteen, except when I was in college or in Europe. The last two writing projects – A Song In Stone and the new book – are not what you’ve seen before. Aside from writing quality, which I know has continued to improve, they represent a real departure for me. This has been scary, and it has been a challenge, and it is what is happening. Thank you all for coming along for the ride.

I’m looking into the possibility of releasing a podcast version of Sword and Sun, but that project is in a preliminary stage. I’ll keep you informed of progress through the newsletter and on the blog.

My blog also shows the current top ten games in my Boardgamegeek collection; I’ve gone through the process of entering it into the Geek – it’s fairly accurate now and in excess of 600 games. We have been playing Race For The Galaxy a lot, and we are eagerly awaiting the publication of Agricola.

Projects in the Dark Wing Universe

We’re still on hiatus, and my creative energies have been focused elsewhere. Still, I appreciate the mail I receive – especially when folks say, “where’s the next book?” I have to answer that it’s in the hands of Tor Books to decide, but that I’ve not abandoned it. Thank you for all of your support and input.

I’m looking into the possibility of releasing a podcast version of Sword and Sun, but that project is in a preliminary stage. I’ll keep you informed of progress through the newsletter and on the blog.

A Song In Stone

“A Song In Stone”, my new novel to be published in November 2008, begins with a premise that was suggested by the guide who showed me Rosslyn Chapel. This structure, a confection of sculpture and artistry, is an unfinished part of a larger church originally built in the fifteenth century. It has fascinated historians and mystics for centuries; it is even the final location in “The DaVinci Code”. When my guide showed it to me, he pointed to a part of the interior and told me that the sculpture there was a complex, undecoded piece of music. The light went on . . . and now it’s a novel. The majority of the book is set in Middle Ages France and Spain, and (among other things) reveals the linkage between Gothic architecture and polyphonic music. I believe that it is a significant piece of writing for me, worthy of my readers.

Here’s the cover blurb:

There is a mystery in a chapel, and a man who must find the answer.

A Song in Stone begins with the premise that Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland is part of an unfinished larger church – and that it contains a mystery, one clue of which is found in the intricate stonework of the chapel. It goes from there to the Middle Ages, taking Ian Graham, currently-unemployed television personality, with it, literally, as he tries to learn the chapel’s secret before it is too late to return to his own time, his own life.

Madness In Harmony

I can’t go into too much detail at the moment about the current writing project, except to note that it includes an interesting cast of characters (Aristide Bruant, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean-Martin Charcot, Sigmund Freud, William Davey, Charles Dickens, Jr., Guy de Maupassant – to name a few of the real-life ones) and that it’s set in Paris toward the end of 1885. There is an object that is highly desired by two rival groups of mesmerists. And, by the way, mesmerism actually works . . . since the last newsletter I have written around 70,000 words. It’s due in mid-July. It’s almost finished. You’ll like it.

The Colonial Project

Currently on hiatus. There is some interest, but it has to wait until the other projects are done.

Upcoming Appearances

2008

I will be at Readercon in Burlington, MA, 17-20 July 2008.

I will be at the 2008 Worldcon in Denver, Colorado, August 6-10, 2008. We look forward to our first visit to Colorado; we’ll be going out on Monday to enjoy the sights for a few days. As soon as my program items are finalized I will post them on the blog.

I have been invited to Albacon at the Crowne Plaza City Center in Albany, New York, October 10-12, 2008. My good friend Wombat offered to help with a launch party – though the book will still be three weeks away. My publisher has offered to have some ARCs available, and Anne McCaffrey will be Guest of Honor: how cool is that?

I will likely be at Philcon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, November 21-23, 2008. This is a few weeks after the publication of A Song In Stone. (I proposed to my wife in Cherry Hill in July 1981, on the morning we found out our rental car had been stolen. Fond memories indeed.)

2009

I will be the Author Guest of Honor at Arisia in January 2009. I’m already up on the 2009 Arisia website – I’m really looking forward to it.

I will be the International Guest of Honor at Dortcon in Dortmund, Germany in March 2009. This invitation was something of a surprise, but since my books are out in German (and I speak the language), it should be a good con for me. Hope some of my German fans (which I do seem to have!) will come.

Montréal has won the 2009 bid during the Worldcon in Yokahama. We will be in attendance, as we presupported the bid.

Worldcon Bids

I need to sell a lot of books to be able to attend the proposed Australia Worldcon in 2010, but would really like to go. This bid will be stepping it up at regional conventions, and I expect that there’ll be some competition on planet. We’ll see.

According to Chaz Baden’s page there are two announced bids for 2011 – Seattle, which announced some time ago, and Reno (which was announced at BayCon when I was there last month.) I’ll go to either, but we have already presupported Seattle.

There is only one bid announced for 2012, Chicago (as I reported on my blog a couple of months ago.) There is a bid in the works for somewhere in Texas in 2013, but it doesn’t have a web site yet. At LA Con I recall seeing a table for a Worldcon bid for Washington, DC for 2010 or later, but can’t find any information on it.

Yahoo Mailing List

Some local fans have set up a Yahoo mailing list for my writing. As I say at public appearances – you can ask any question you like (just be prepared for me to answer as I please.) I hope you’ll join the list and be a part of an interactive discussion.

What I’m Reading

I read the Economist, a weekly news magazine. You should too.

As reported earlier, I’ve just joined the jury for the Philip K. Dick Award, which makes me a Dick Judge. So I’ll be reading quite a lot over the next several months.

I’m currently reading Four Hats In the Ring, a book about the contentious 1912 election. (If you can name all four principal Presidential candidates in 1912, you win a cookie. No peeking. I knew them all.) It’s superbly written and a fascinating look at an event a century ago, particularly interesting in light of the exciting contest going on right now in American politics.

Final Thoughts

Thanks to everyone for their continued encouragement and support. Having a chance to write professionally means I get to do what I truly love, and I hope you will always feel that your confidence in me is well-placed. Keep reading, and keep in touch.

Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Content © 2008, Walter H. Hunt.

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