December writing update
It’s a slow time with the holidays and all. Plus, I’ve got the first few drafts of Memories of Prophecies hammered out, so I get to relax for a bit. Memories is the sequel to A Testament of Steel, and it’s off to the editor right now. Fingers crossed it passes muster.
So a little about what I’ve been up to while I’m waiting to hear back from my editor, I decided to outline a series that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. It’s a sci-fantasy set in the 24th century and the MC is someone who has failed at his life’s ambition in the past. This is the story of his road to redemption.
I’m not sure how far I’ll get with it before I decide to kick it into gear and outline book 3 of Instrument of Omens, but right now, it’s a fun change of pace.
What else? Let’s see . . . Work has been an ongoing challenge with a new EHR (electronic health record). The less said about it the better.
To take my mind off the work related problems, I watch sports whenever I can. With Covid, I’m watching a lot of old games. I already know how they end, but there are the crowds and excitement, and it’s just a reminder of what life once was like and will hopefully be again. For live sports, I watched some MMA. Israel Adesanya, the MMA fighter with the coolest nickname-the Last Stylebender-completely outclassed and pasted Paulo Costa. That was cool.
And my football team, the Cincinnati Bengals, looked like they were turning the corner. Their rookie QB, Joe Burrow, was playing lights out. Awesome! And then, just like that, it’s all gone. Burrow tears an ACL entirely due to typical Bengals luck (bad) and incompetence on the part of the coaching (also a typical Bengals quality). I’m still pretty grumpy about that. Stupid Bengals. Sure would be nice to be a Steelers fan.
So now I have to take my mind off my stupid Bengals sucking like usual, so I turned to the old reliable: books.
Bryce O’Connor and Luke Chimlenko’s The Iron Prince is a big, bold escapist sci-fantasy adventure that leans on the “broken boy destined for greatness” trope and hits it out of the park. Love it!
Will Wight’s latest Cradle should be on everyone’s list. If you haven’t read it yet, you should.
Sarah Lin’s Street Cultivation 3. It’s a progression novel, and about a future where chi and purification have been monetized in modern times by large corporations. I enjoyed the entire series. It’s fun and popcorny, but Sarah does a great job with the characters. Simple things, but they live, which is really cool. I expected to love the world-building and premise, but it turned that it was the characters I liked the most about the series.
I also read A Deal with an Elf King, by Elise Kova. It’s a romance, but I’ve always been a sucker for a good romance, and this is most definitely a good one. Every 100 years, the elf king visits Luella’s small village to find a bride. The unlucky woman is taken into the land of the Fae where she will never again see her family. This year, the unhappy task falls to Luella. The characters are sharp. The dialogue is witty (I wish I could write dialogue that well), and the happy ever after is never in doubt with a few twists I didn’t see coming.
That’s it from me!
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