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.
You can get it from Amazon.com, 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.
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 will have an article in the summer issue on the ”Proceedings”.
I am still reading Gordon Wood’s history of the Early Republic, Empire of Liberty. It’s excellent, but will probably be the current book on the nighttable for the next few weeks.
Gathering of Friends
I’m posting from the Gathering, where I’ve been playing games and relaxing after a rather stressful month. Already made a facebook appearance on Debbie Ohi’s wall, who bought a copy of my book.
I’ll be reporting on the games that hit – and missed – later in the week, or next Monday at the latest.
April 9: The flamingos put up a good fight.
April 10: 10 Guides for Freemasons. A very worthwhile summary of what we believe and try to hold.
April 10: A little web comic humor about all-nighters.
April 12: North Korea’s failed missile launch makes news. I don’t know if our government will hold them to account for this act of absurd defiance. On the following day, Borowitz reports that they’ve been ejected from the Axis of Evil.
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.
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 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.