Wow, you can tell how I’m busy I am by how much time goes between updates here. On a personal level, I’m on a new medication (Humira) for the health issues that have plagued me since 2013, and it seems to be helping a lot. I’m taking sharp advantage of that renewed energy to get to work catching up on various projects.
First off, I finished the first draft of Monster Academy: I Will Not Burn Destroy the Kingdom. That’s the third book in that long-delayed trilogy, and with any luck at all, I’ll have it shipped off to my Kickstarter backers this spring. That’s a huge load off my shoulders, and I cannot wait for my backers and then the rest of the world to be able to read it.
On that note, clever readers might notice I haven’t released the second book in that trilogy to the public yet. Once I have book three out to my backers, I’ll launch Monster Academy: I Will Not Burn Down the School too, and then I Will Not Destroy the Kingdom soon after that. School ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, and I didn’t want readers to have to wait too long for Kingdom. Now they won’t.
Next up, I’ve just started working on a novel for Exalted, a tabletop roleplaying game from my pals at the Onyx Path (and White Wolf before that). I wrote a prequel short story for it that appeared in Exalted: Tales From the Age of Sorrows, which debuted about a year back, and I have an approved outline, so hopefully this one will go fast.
After that, I’m getting back to Loot Drop, a modern-day thriller I sold to Tor/Forge ages ago and have been dying to write. The political landscape has changed a bit since I first came up with the idea for the book, and I think that’s going to be reflected in the final manuscript.
Meanwhile, I’m also working on a number of projects which haven’t been announced yet. I’ll post more details on those when I’m able. They include new tie-in novels, a new video game, and some other fun things.
On top of that, I have the rights back to Amortals, Vegas Knights, and Carpathia. I’m looking into ways to re-release those later this year, with new covers. That might involve a Kickstarter to get hardcover copies into your hands, but I’ve vowed not to run any more of those until I get the last of the Monster Academy books in my backers’ hands.
Still, that might be soon.
If you’re looking to catch up with me in person, you can find me at a number of events this year. I post them on my Appearances page as they come up, but in short, bullet-list form:
- Mystery to Me Author Slam (Madison, WI. February 25)
- Gary Con (Lake Geneva, WI. March 24)
- UW-Writers’ Institute (Madison, WI. March 25)
- Gen Con (Indianapolis, IN. August 17–20)
Anyhow, back to it!