Stone of Remembrance

July 10, 2012

July 10 Update

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 09:07

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. It’s been a busy few weeks, so I’m just getting caught up . . . something I find myself saying with alarming regularity.

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.

Prologue Books, my e-book imprint, has reached a deal to create an audio book of A Song In Stone, along with a number of other books in their line. I’ve signed the contract and am awaiting details, but this is very exciting – people have been asking about this for some time.

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

Recently read:

  • The disturbing young-adult book on the Killing Fields, Never Fall Down;
  • A somewhat disappointing biography of our 9th president, Linda Conrad’s William Henry Harrison. I expected a little more detail on his earlier exploits, but like his presidency, the book is too short.
  • Matti Friedman’s The Aleppo Codex, about a tenth-century Hebrew Old Testament – a sort of complex mystery, very detailed;
  • Richard Zacks’ Island of Vice, covering Theodore Roosevelt’s year as Police Commissioner of New York. Other reading has introduced me to many of the cast of this interesting historical account, but this book gave me a new perspective;
  • An excellent autobiography of Jim Abbott, Imperfect – for anyone who doesn’t remember him, Abbott was born without a right hand, but was a very capable major league pitcher;
  • And the current book being read, Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom, a book about the Taiping Rebellion.

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 22: A disturbing movie poster.

June 23: Steampunk Me, from the Burke-Turi wedding.

June 23: Resistance is useful.

June 25: Some llamas.

June 25: 12 jobs going extinct. There was an interesting discussion on this topic, though some folks took it a little seriously.

June 26: A very cool magic lantern. I was at a lodge in Lincoln, Mass., and saw a presentation using this gadget.

June 27: Octopodiform deterrent.

June 30: My talk in Colorado. It went well, though it was during a period of wildfires, which kept some potential attendees away. I posted several pictures of things I saw – and even changed my profile picture. Take a look at the album from the Frontier Historical Museum.

July 3: “You’ve been doing thought experiments, haven’t you?”.

July 5: My argument is apparently invalid.

July 8: I agree about the need to avoid hyperbole, and am introduced to Godwin’s Law.

July 10: Relativistic baseball.

July 10: Abstruse Goose’s take on Walt Whitman.

Upcoming Conventions and Appearances

July 13-15, 2012: I will be an attending author at Readercon in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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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