First, and for whatever it may be worth, here’s where things stand at this time. I’m on the final push to finish Power’s Shadow. I’m about three chapters ahead of what’s been posted here, and by my estimation there are less than 10000 words left to complete the rough/first draft. I don’t expect this to take me terribly long, so I’ll probably hit the finish line before these installments catch up to where I am. When that happens the plan is to discontinue the installments in favor of me using the time to get the manuscript in shape to publish. That has to be my priority because of Part Next–
Here at Part Next we have an entirely different set of priorities. The publisher and I have reached tentative agreement on the next Yamada Monogatari novel, and by that I mean the one after the book scheduled for this October, which is Yamada Monogatari: The War God’s Son. The fourth book has a working title now, which is Yamada Monogatari: The Emperor in Shadow. Minus points for using the word “shadow” in another title so soon, but it fit, so there. This book is not yet started, and it needs to be, and damn soon, because they’re going to want it finished in order to publish in 2016. I’m not particularly slow, but a book takes as long as it takes, so that’s another reason I need to wrap up Power’s Shadow as soon as I reasonably can. I’m not rushing it, but I’m not lollygagging either. I will get both of them done. Plus I’ve got a story notion that I would really like to write because the novels haven’t left much time for short stories, and I really like short stories.
I’m also doing a slow clean out of my nice corner office at the company I’ve worked at for (mumble) years. The site is shutting down, so I’m job hunting on top of everything else I’ve got going on.
No pressure. Just another day in the glamorous life of the working writer.