Hello, good morning, and happy Thursday. It’s the last Thursday of the month of November in 2018 (AD or CE). The biggest holiday month of the year approaches, filling children with joy and their elders with various species of dread, stress, and financial worries.
As revealed last week, on Thanksgiving, I unearthed a digital copy of my old short story, Solitaire. I have laboured on it since, editing it/rewriting it, and even sharing a copy of it with my employer (and a few coworkers). It’s short enough that he read it in one evening, and the next day—smiling—he told me that I was fucked in the head. This is just the sort of reaction I expected and for which I had hoped, and he clearly meant it well, so I was happy.
Because Solitaire is a truly short story (a relative rarity for me), the process of rewriting and editing it is going much more quickly, as a percentage of the work remaining to be done, than it usually would. I expect it to be ready for publication quite soon. It certainly won’t be available in time for the beginning of Hanukkah, but it should almost certainly be out before Christmas. Though, to be fair, it’s not a Christmas-ey story.
For those who might be afraid that Solitaire’s discovery would distract and detract from my ongoing work, I say, “Fear not!” (in the words of the Christmas angel). I’ve still been hard at work editing and rewriting Penal Colony (a more drawn out process than it is for Solitaire, but just as fun), and above all I’ve been writing steadily on Unanimity. It’s getting very close to the end, now, which is quite exciting for me. I think I predicted once, back when I was young and innocent and so many things seemed possible, that I would complete the first draft of Unanimity before the end of the year. This, I think, was overly optimistic. However, we’re not going to be much into 2019 before I get there. Then, it will take much less time to whip it into final, publishable form than it was to write it in the first place.
After that, of course, my short story In the Shade awaits completion, and then the book Neko/Neneko, to which I’m very much looking forward, then perhaps a second edition of Mark Red, with an eye toward then writing the second and third volumes of that series. And, of course, I’m going to continue to write my short stories as little breaks and diversions, and as I’ve said before, I’ll be putting them together into a collection soon (the ones that haven’t been released in paperback yet).
But it doesn’t end there; don’t get your hopes up! No, I have other books and short stories and series of books coming down the pike, like the ominous approach of the hosts of Mordor, or Birnam Wood coming to Dunsinane Hill. I’ll tease you with a few tentative titles, which you’ll hopefully be encountering more often in days to come: Changeling in a Shadow World; The Dark Fairy and the Desperado; a possible recreation of my two lost novels from my younger days, Ends of the Maelstrom and, of course, Vagabond (which I may change to The Vagabond). I also have thoughts of a horror novel called Entropy, and other books as well.
I hope I’ll be able to get them all written before some global catastrophe takes all such considerations out of our hands.
In the meantime, I’ll keep writing, and looking forward to posting here, hopefully for your amusement. Happy Hanukkah next week for those who celebrate it, and a happy time in general for everyone else.