So, these things happened today:
- Trader’s Leap, the twenty-third novel of the Liaden Universe® co-created by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, has been turned in to Madame the Publisher at Baen. . . .Leap weighs in at about 122,000 words and concerns itself with the doings aboard Dutiful Passage. The action in . . .Leap happens concurrently with the action in Accepting the Lance (due out in December). The action happens so concurrently, in fact, that for most of last year, . . .Lance and . . .Leap were thought by their fond authors to be one novel. No publication date as yet. If I were guessing, which you’d think I’d know better than by this point in my life, I’d say look for it in bookstores late in 2020.
- “A Visit to the Galaxy Ballroom,” a short story commission by Baen.com in support of the publication of Accepting the Lance, has also been turned in. Look for it on the front page of Baen.com in mid-November. The story will be free for everyone to read.
I still have one more professional commitment to fulfill, which it would soothe me to have it turned in before I hit Foot Surgery Day on October 18. It’s not technically due ’til the end of November, but, since the future is an Uncharted Country, I’d like to get it off the decks.
I also need clear the detritus of Having Written A Novel from my desk and its immediate surrounds, clear away the stack of administrivia that’s been waiting for attention, and make some more arrangements for my convalescence. My greatest fear for the recuperation period is that I will succumb to depression brought on by boredom and inactivity. I mean, you wouldn’t think I’d be bored, given that mountain of books over there that I call my TBR pile, but I’m pretty much used to getting up, getting around, and getting out. Also, I’m Particularly Unskilled at Just Sit There and Rest™.
Well. Practice makes perfect.
We have made some efforts to make the Command Chair interesting. Steve has very kindly put a birdfeeder outside of the Command Window, which looks over the busy street at the front of the house. The chair also faces the Big Screen, so I’ll be able to have waterfalls and fireplaces on view, not to mention — hey, let’s get crazy! — actual movies. And, yanno, I do have a laptop, so I won’t be cut off from civilization entirely.
So, anyway, that’s what’s going on at the Cat Farm and Confusion Factory on the first of October.
What’s going forward at your house?