This is my weekly post to bring you up to date on my world. I hope you find it interesting, informative, and/or entertaining.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 have just finished reading the third volume of Edmund Morris’ magnificent biography of Theodore Roosevelt, Colonel Roosevelt. TR, with all his flaws, is still one of my favorite Presidents of all time. Morris is a wonderful writer; he is clearly sympathetic to his subject, but as he points out, he is neither a hero-worshipper nor a “revisionist” repelled by Roosevelt’s attitudes, which are a century out of date but were extremely forward-looking for his time.
March 17: An article about home schooling by a particularly insidious sect of Christian Fundamentalists, the so-called Quiverfull movement. This is not, as I pointed out, me being critical of homeschooling as such, but this particular approach bothers the crap out of me.
March 20: A must-read guest post on Scalzi’s blog. No, really. Read it. This transvaginal ultrasound crap has got to be stopped.
March 20: Man bored of leading thing that doesn’t matter. A humorous bit about the Archbishop of Canterbury, who is stepping down. Make sure to look at this post in the replies, which is a hilarious Canterbury Tales parody from Iowahawk, a conservative blog.
March 21: 106 Excuses That Prevent You From Ever Becoming Great. A fine article that goes beyond the usual cheerleading platitudes about motivation and success.
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.