So, there have been Questions.
No, I don’t know when the eArc for Accepting the Lance will come out. I really wish people would stop asking me this question, first thing after we’ve announced a manuscript has been turned in. Or at all, really. I usually know when an eARC has come out because a reader tells me.
No, it’s not likely that the publication date will be moved up from December. Myself, I’m amazed that Baen is getting . . .Lance into print in 2019.
No, it is not a 200,000 +/- manuscript. There’s a reason for that. I’ll explain it later. For right now, let’s just say that. . .
. . .yes, we are scheduled to deliver another book this year to Baen. Its subject is the Dutiful Passage; and it does not yet have a title. About half of it is written, and, honestly? I won’t even look at it until March. No, I don’t know when this novel will be published, and don’t even start with me about the eArc.
Yes, Steve is writing a third book detailing the life and times of Jethri Gobelyn. It, too, does not have a title. Or a deadline. We’re aiming for early 2020.
Yes, there is a brand! new! Liaden Universe® chapbook in your future. Possibly, I will finish drafting it at Boskone. I’m not particularly busy at Boskone, so that actually is a possibility.
No, the rest of my life has not, unfortunately, settled down. My sister is still dead; my father is still in hospice dying of cancer, and I am still charged with making sense out of the dire mess of his paperwork, which also includes pushing and shoving and shouting at the universe until it forks over with Needful Things. This is an exhausting procedure, as many of you know from your own experiences. This is all, of course, in addition to catching up all the stuff I let slide while we were finishing the book, getting paperwork together for the accountant, and the rest of the things going on in our lives which include. . .
Boskone, as mentioned. This is a good thing. I’m looking forward to Boskone. A couple weeks after we come home, Steve will be undergoing outpatient surgery to replace the “generator” that powers the I(mplanted) C(ardioverter) D(ebrillator) in his chest. They tell us that this is a very simple procedure, requiring only a minor incision, the replacement of the battery, and some glue. A couple weeks’ recuperation at home. No biggie, they say. Still worrisome as hell, if you ask me, and you did, so there you have it.
Yes, the cats are fine. I have been overworking the coon cats, but they have risen nobly to the occasion. Scrabble has even taken a couple shifts with me, to give the primary care workers some time to care for themselves.
I think this answers all of the current crop of questions. Y’all stay well; thank you for care.