I'd hoped to have this post done yesterday, since that would have been the logical time to put it up, but a certain story refused to let itself be finished until about two o'clock this morning, by which time it was a little bit late for blogging. But two AM, two PM, or whatever time it happens to be for you, ladies and gentlemen, I am FINISHED!
My latest noveling effort will be released on November 29, 2013, Black Friday (for those of you who aren't American, that's the day after our Thanksgiving, which is this coming Thursday). Killdeer, my first science fiction novel, is the story of Elspeth Kolesar, who went looking for new music and instead found a new race of people.
If this sounds familiar, it should. The first quarter of Killdeer was published in Cat Tales, as "Music Hath Charms", which is now the title of that section of the novel. I found out only when I went to look up this quote, in search of titles for the other sections, that this is actually a misquotation; the original play says "has", not "hath".
Given that one of the themes of Killdeer is language and what it can tell you about the person who uses it, I found this maybe a little funnier than it should have been, and decided to entitle the rest of the sections with deliberate misquotations from playwright William Congreve. So nobody come at me waving books of quotes, please!
I've also updated the Etsy site, as of a few minutes ago, to allow for pre-orders of Killdeer. While I'm happy to take orders from anywhere in the world, might I suggest, for European readers desiring hard copies, that you investigate your local Amazon site? I do intend to publish through Amazon Europe, and you'll save on shipping...
With Killdeer ready to go to press, I can also publish In the Bleak Midwinter, which I was keeping back because it, like last year's Sing We Now of Christmas, contains a sequel story to Killdeer. So for anyone wanting that holiday collection, or the unitary edition I've put together, Christmastime Is Here 2013, T-minus five days for that too!
To clarify about the holiday collections, In the Bleak Midwinter is this year's new writing, and will be available on all my usual platforms, while Christmastime Is Here 2013 contains all my holiday stuff in one volume, plus a bonus story, and will be available only through Etsy, with free e-book download included in the hardcopy price.
If you're wondering about the year I've tucked onto the end of the unitary edition... well, there's going to be another holiday collection next year, isn't there? And I'm not looking forward to coming up with two clever titles every year. So Christmastime Is Here (insert year) the unitary editions shall be called. Anne has, or hath, spoken.
And now for some other exciting news, before I get to the proper topic for the day. Some of you may recall that I entered A Widow in Waiting in a writing contest for independently published novels, sponsored by Shelf Unbound magazine. While it didn't win, it has been named a Notable Book and will be featured in the December issue!
So, having put you all (I hope) in a good mood, I can get to the true confessions part of this blog post, which goes like this: Surpassing Danger is stalled dead. I think and hope it should unstall within the next day or two, but I can't be sure. Could you accept another chapter of "The Spell of Sealing" in trade? Or would that just make it worse?
There's also a holiday-season surprise coming up for everyone. You may recall that over the summer, I wrote a story for Fandom4LLS, an organization of fan fiction writers raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Abiding by the rules of that collection, I agreed not to release that story on my own page for three months.
Happily for all of you, three months is up on the 30th of November, and so the first week of December shall see the first chapter of "The Raven and the Writing Desk", five chapters long and based on a question one of my readers asked: what if DV!Harry and Hermione, instead of just concussing Lucius Malfoy, had managed to kill him?
Also, the next time I blog, I shall be an official NaNoWriMo winner, and possibly I'll even be logging actual words on my official NaNovel again. Who knows? Please don't forget to comment, and to tell your friends about Killdeer, and I'll do my best to provide plenty of writing of both the fan fiction and original sorts! Thanks, as always!