Stone of Remembrance

May 8, 2012

May 8 Update

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This is my weekly post to bring you up to date on my world. I hope you find it interesting, informative, and/or entertaining. One day late this week, but that’s an improvement on the last update.

Writing Projects

1632 Novel

I am particularly occupied with a novel set in the 1632 Universe, for Baen Books. This is under contract and will likely be a 2013 release. It is set in 1636, and takes place mostly in the New World; this is a venue hitherto scarcely touched in the milieu, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with Eric Flint on this novel. Update: Eric and I are currently consulting on the book, and I hope to have news on this soon. (No new news this week.)

Elements of Mind

Two plus years ago I wrote a novel at lightning speed, set in the middle 19th century and dealing with the great pseudoscience, mesmerism. This novel has been well received by those reading it (or hearing excerpts at conventions). It is in an editor’s hands, and I hope to have good news on the subject in the next few months. (No new news this week.)


A Song In Stone is available in e-book form from Adams Media.

You can get it from, or from the Apple iBookstore.

My Dark Wing series will be appearing in e-book form in the Baen library later this year. Contracts for this effort have been signed; I will provide links when the e-books are available. Update: I have recently answered a few questions from a copy editor, who seems to be near the end of the third book, so I hope to have more news soon. (No new news this week.)

King and Country

The alternate-history novel (some of you may know it as the “Ben Franklin” novel) is on hold until the 1632 book is out the door. I want to get back to it later this year.

Other Writing

I contributed a short piece to Ring of Fire III, a collection of stories set in the 1632 universe. It’s only my second published short story. Torg say, short fiction HARD.

My most recent article in TROWEL Magazine is about Past Grand Master George M. Randall, and is entitled Apostle in the Wilderness. I will have an article in the summer issue on the ”Proceedings”.

Other Projects

Rails of New England was published last spring by Rio Grande Games and is getting good reviews from strategy gamers. Be sure to get the revised rules.

I will be at Origins at the end of May, working for Rio Grande, so if you’ll be there and the game interests you, come to our demo room.

Current Reading

This week’s reading material is Craig Shirley’s superb December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World, a day-by-day account of that month, drawn from official and unofficial accounts from America and elsewhere. It’s amazingly compelling – particularly the few days before the Pearl Harbor attack. Knowing what’s going to happen (and knowing that the people in the story have absolutely no idea) only enhances the narrative.

Facebook Updates

April 30: A modern take on the Bayeux Tapestry. Make sure to take a look at the animated tapestry link – thanks to Kristen Page!

May 1: Literary devices are explained.

May 2: A flowchart indicating what our early exposure to D&D did for and to us.

May 2: A humorous memento mori.

May 2: Death By Puppets brings us this short video. By the way, the web comic Tree Lobsters is one of my favorites – it’s the best arboreal seafood comic on the web. You can’t prove they don’t exist.

May 2: A collection of cards showing a weird Mardi Gras parade from the 1870s.

May 3: An article on the 1859 auroral storm. What effect might this sort of event have today?

My wall was pleasantly interrupted with almost 300 posts wishing me a happy birthday on May 4. I am now 53, thank you very much: my last prime number for several years. I am duly appreciative of everyone’s well wishes. This apparently lines up with “Star Wars Day”, which I did not know.

May 4: A Magic card I wish I had.

May 4: A leftover bit of info from last week – a link to Frankie’s Donuts in Niagara Falls. We stopped there just before leaving town.

May 5: A darkly humorous inquiry to Dr. Laura regarding other Biblical injunctions we might need to check on.

May 5: An expose of a disturbingly corrupt “prosperity gospel” ministry. For a capper, take a look at the theme park these wingnuts have built. But for God’s sake, turn your computer sound off before you do.

May 6: My daughter’s installation as Worthy Advisor of Natick Assembly #28, IORG. So proud of her.

May 7: A description of a hardware keylogger, which could compromise users of public computers. As is pointed out in the comments, however, there are more insidious methods in software that make them even more easily compromised.

May 8: RIP, Maurice Sendak.

Upcoming Conventions and Appearances

May 25-28, 2012: I will be an attending author at Balticon 2012 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I have not yet received a schedule.

May 30-June 3, 2012: I will be at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. I’ll be working for Rio Grande Games.

June 30, 2012: I will be the guest speaker at Glenwood Lodge #65 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Looking forward to visiting the brethren there again.

August 30-September 3, 2012: I will be an attending author at Chicago Worldcon, the 70th Worldcon.

I have not made a commitment for a convention in the fall, but we are already signed up to attend San Antonio Worldcon on Labor Day Weekend 2013, and have presupported London in 2014.

Parting Words

I continue to appreciate the support and encouragement I receive from family and friends. The loss of a long time and close friend last fall reminds me as always how slender a reed life is, and how much I feel compelled (as the Masonic lecture says) to “contribute to the common stock of knowledge and understanding.” I try to say what I mean, to convey my affection rather than withhold it, and to be truthful and honest to those I meet as well as to myself.

Thank you for reading.

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