Stone of Remembrance

June 21, 2012

June 21 Update

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This is my as-often-as-I-can-manage-it post to bring you up to date on my world. I hope you find it interesting, informative, and/or entertaining. With a wedding to attend this weekend and the trip to Colorado next week (see below), I’m trying to shoehorn everything else in.

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: I am working on updates and changes suggested by Eric, and will have more to say in a few weeks. The effort continues.

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. (I expect some news very shortly.)


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

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

Update: I have another news item that I will be able to bring to you all soon – there’s something exciting on the way. More on this as it develops.

My Dark Wing series is now available in e-book form from Baen Books. Interest in these titles, in this form, will help encourage Baen to consider new material in the universe. I am extremely excited to have my first four books on my iPad and iPhone, and I hope you will consider them.

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 the ”Proceedings”. My next article in the fall will be about Grand Master John T. Heard.

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.

At Origins, I made a game design pitch which I think is going to turn into something exciting. More on this as it develops.

Current Reading

This week’s reading material is Gregory Dyson’s Turing’s Cathedral, about the building of the first computers. I have a stack of books to look at, including (believe it or not) a biography of William Henry Harrison.

I’m getting lots of book recommendations by listening to The John Batchelor Show, mostly as a podcast. John is conservative, but extremely literate and articulate. He’s seemingly the anti-O’Reilly: He has informed guests on his show, asks good questions, and lets them talk. He’s not Hannity or Limbaugh by a long stretch.

Facebook Updates

June 7: Here I am, playing a game by Chris Kirkman, who’s publishing a game I backed on Kickstarter: VivaJava.

June 9: The Canadian Borg. Prepare to be assimilated. Courteously.

June 9: Some cool roadside sculptures.

June 11: It’s the Sesame Lodge. Freemasonry, notwithstanding, still survives.

June 11: Some pictures from Norumbega Fraternity’s June meeting:

June 11: Some copy-editing symbols you might not have seen.

June 12: Parodying the anti-science evangelicals, as if that’s even necessary.

June 12: An interesting discussion on American Exceptionalism, based on this Neil Cavuto op-ed.

June 14: Chorizo brains. ‘Nuff said. I love my iPhone.

June 16: Another TV series that looks interesting: Copper, set in 1860s New York.

June 18: It’s Popeye the Sailor Moon. You may not want to click on this link.

June 20: Randall Munroe’s diagram of the Exoplanets. Cool.

June 21: Some familiar faces in some cool uniforms.

Upcoming Conventions and Appearances

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.

October 12-14, 2012: I am likely to attend Capclave in Rockville, Maryland.

We are already signed up to attend San Antonio Worldcon on Labor Day Weekend 2013, and have presupported London in 2014. We are watching bids for the 2015 Worldcon but have not supported any bid yet.

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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