Stone of Remembrance

April 2, 2012

April 2 Weekly 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.

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.

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.

E-Books

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.

A Song In Stone will be available in e-book form in late April from Adams Media. I will provide a link when the e-book is available. This week’s update: It’ll be available for Kindle first, probably later this month.

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. This week’s update: 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.

Current Reading

I am reading an excellent book by Jack Beatty entitled The Lost History of 1914, which contains both historical and “counterfactual” essays on the various participants. Beatty’s basic thesis is that the Great War was by no means inevitable. Some of the arguments are thin reeds, but others I find quite interesting.

Facebook Updates

March 27: A link to the troubling Creation Wiki. It’s really amazing what people believe – for example, that Einstein’s relativity theory is “liberal claptrap” . . .

March 27: Stupid questions that people ask of booksellers. Laugh out loud funny.

March 29: Sunrise City, a new board game that I backed on Kickstarter. Played it once so far: it’s a nice, beautifully-produced, one-hour board game.

March 31: Just plain funny.

April 2: The release of the 1940 Census. The 72-year confidentiality period has elapsed on this census, the first one to be released to the net (instead of microfilm). The 3.9 million records are organized by Enumeration District, but the Census will have a name-based index in a few months; a crowd sourcing project is underway to create it. The effort to make the data available is very cool; the public approach to creating a more useful index is almost as cool.

Upcoming Conventions and Appearances

May 25-28, 2012: I will be an attending author at Balticon 2012 in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

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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