Took Daughter #1 off to college yesterday. A mere two hours away. Still: someone who has been in my home everyday (yes, yes… field trips, sleep-overs…) for the past seventeen years suddenly… isn’t.
It’s a hollow silence; a fake peace. Much of her stuff is still in her room and bathroom. Her dog – who is now de facto our dog – goes from window to window with sighs. This, coming on the heels of the raw close of “Crosses & Doublecrosses” was enough to make a special trip to the liquor store for some summer gin. I drink a little to write; I drink a lot to make this world go away.
As I always quote: “you can get used to hanging if you hang long enough,” so too will the ache of her relocation pass. Time, after all, wounds all heals. In the interim, unable to write, I took some assessment of my collexion of short stories from MachCiv. Of those I can use (not in someone else’s sandbox), there are six, totaling 20.6k words. One of them, the story of how Arpad and Lily meet, fell in love, get married, is currently 11k but I need to add at least 8k to complete it. Emma’s story will need to be doubled or cut. And, there is at least one if not two more in mind: when sergeant John Brunelli from both of Nichole 5’s books comes to Japan as an old man to fulfill his promise to see her again; that, and a short about the machine Ninon, who you will meet in “C&DC”… who loves to fly to the stars.
That gives me one book that’s – hopefully! – less than a month from publication. Another raw manuscript complete that should be out by Thanksgiving or Christmas. And a collexion of Machine Civilization shorts (with commentary before each!) sometime mid to late winter 2020.
“Doin’s better than thinkin’.”
And going out with not one bangs but two! First, in Straight from the Library we’ve a kind of character interview. I wrote it as a machine recording from their future… an exchange between Nichole 5 and a human questioner. It’s a little… odd. But then machine memories will be.
The other stop is Hope, Dreams, Life… Love. Things my stories are made of! The handful of usual unimportant questions about me, but then I get to share! A link to the somewhat rough short story I now call “Factory Girl” but is linked to under “Nike 1”. I play in someone else’s sandbox to try to give two of my more tortured characters a chance at redemption.
It’s been a fun month, everyone! My wife starts a new job on the 18th! I also on the 25th! Being Lent, I’m writing at least 1,000 words per day! Knocking out the rest of “Worlds Without End” is in my grasp! I hope everyone has enjoyed finding out more about my stories… please look forward to more!
C.A. Milson is kind enough to share a Thursday with me where I answer a few questions about myself but try as always to keep the focus on my books!
Happy Ash Wednesday! Try to make it to church! In the meantime Viviana MacKade allows me some time to give an overview of my future history.
Wherein Independent Authors ask: what are your plans for the future? Using “show don’t tell” as a model, I provide two goodly excerpts of my next novel, “Worlds Without End.” To borrow the warning from ‘A Princess Bride,’ there is kissing.
I answer a few, but probing, questions while stopping in at Sybrina Publishing. I talk about the things that tend to make Millennials break out in hives: children, faith, and work. Alita gets a hat-tip.
IIRC from three years ago, the lovely and talented BooksChatter, besides giving me interesting questions to answer, also puts together a soundtrack. Given how much BC has been rooting around in my Instagram posts (@machciv), I wonder what it will sound like?
The last of the Q&A questions hits a little too close to home, but I answer it anyway, as my copyeditor prodded me to made this addition to “Foes and Rivals.”