Quick Update

11 Jul

Hi, everyone

This has definitely been an annoying week. Put bluntly, I messed up the timing and wound up finishing The School of Hard Knocks last week, but as we’re meant to be going to Australia next week (is there anyone in Sidney, Canberra or Melbourne on this blog/FB page?) Then there will be a handful of days in KL before we go to the Highlands of Malaysia for family gatherings.

What I’ve decided to do, right now, is start TEC9 when we get back from Australia and then take a 5-day break in the middle of writing. I hate doing that, but we will see how it goes.

In other news, I’ve spent the week plotting … stories, that is. I now have a workable plot for TEC9, BATG II, Bookworm III and Warspite, which will be the successor series to Ark Royal. My planned writing schedule is:

The Thin Blue Line (TEC 9)

The Shadow of Cinnititus (BATG II)

Either Hard Lessons or Warspite

Bookworm III

Either Hard Lessons or Warspite

I’ve also been trying to write the afterword for The Thin Blue Line, but so far it is refusing to materialise. Sigh.

On longer-term plans, I’m planning a three-book alternate history series set in 1990, where the Third Reich won its side of World War Two, then settled down into a long Cold War with America and Britain. After several decades of economic and political mismanagement, however, the Reich is on the verge of falling apart and breaking into civil war. Interested?

And, in the ‘no s***, Sherlock’ category, Malaysian bureaucracy is infinitively more efficient than British bureaucracy. Time to get a Malaysian visa for me – 1 day. Time to get a British visa for Aisha – 9 months and counting. <Goes off to bang head on wall>


27 Responses to “Quick Update”

  1. wraiththirteen July 12, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    Hard lesson please

  2. Ben July 12, 2014 at 11:31 am #


  3. Mark P July 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    Like the ‘Warspite’ title. Brings to mind British naval history.

  4. Jimmy July 13, 2014 at 12:04 am #


  5. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm #

    For what it is worth, there’s a book out set in Chris’ “On The Imperium’s Secret Service” universe.


    I’ve read it and enjoyed it. Oh, I’ve also reviewed it.

    Oh Chris, I sent you a couple of emails. Did you get them?

    • chrishanger July 17, 2014 at 12:33 am #

      Yes, I did. I’m just on holiday so any response is very limited. (I hate typing on an iPad.)


      Sent from my iPad


      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 17, 2014 at 2:00 am #

        As you said, You’re on vacation. I just was afraid they got lost. [Smile]

  6. Tarjei Jensen July 14, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    I like the alternate history bit. I would also think that a Nazi state would slowly disintegrate if it was no distracting its population with war. And I also suspect that it would happen faster than in a communist state.

    BTW : Don’t forget that Britain did not win the war, they were just on the winning side. They did not have an economy that could fuel a war at the required level which the US had. There is no accident that the biggest ship they kept as a museum was a cruiser.

    • chrishanger July 17, 2014 at 12:33 am #

      It is trying to fight a war in South Africa. (Grin)


      Sent from my iPad


      • Tarjei Jensen July 17, 2014 at 11:24 am #

        BTW. The Britsh love for doing stuff by the book could be an interesting plot in a book.

        Keeping the End Of the World from happening is not a reason to hurry up anything.

      • chrishanger July 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

        True. Chris Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:24:03 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

  7. Gabrielle July 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    in answer to your question I’m from Geelong which is 50 minutes from Melbourne. Um, did you have a question?
    Currently reading “On the Imperium’s Secret Service” and enjoying it but really looking forward to School of Hard Knocks 🙂

    • Gabrielle July 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

      Although I’m a little confused given I thought School of Hard Knocks was supposed to be book 5 in the series [oh well doesn’t matter – I’ve probably missed something].
      Really looking forward to Bookworm III – although you’ve left yourself a challenge with how book two ended. It was definitely a game changer 🙂

  8. johntae71 July 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm #

    Lets just stay away from flying on Malaysia Airlines.

    • Paul July 18, 2014 at 6:58 am #

      to soon.

      • johntae71 July 18, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

        Sorry, I wasn’t being funny. Chris and family travel between the UK and Malaysia often and they’re traveling this week.

        I’m hoping to see an “We’re Okay”

      • chrishanger July 19, 2014 at 12:05 am #

        We’re fine, just currently in Melbourne. Good bookshops.


        Sent from my iPad


    • chrishanger July 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

      Tell me about it. The stewards spent quite some time today assuring us that Air Asia (otherwise known as airsickness airlines) wasn’t flying over a war zone. Chris Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:00:05 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

  9. johntae71 July 20, 2014 at 4:27 am #

    What’s up with the Darkest Hour?

  10. JC July 24, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    Just finished the Ark Royal trilogy so news of the Warspite follow ups is brilliant. Hoping that there will be a bit more action on the ground this time. I really enjoyed the parts with the Royal Marines and Major Parnell.

    • chrishanger July 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      Thank you! I certainly intend to use the Marines more in the next series Chris Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:42:29 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

      • JC July 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

        I’m pleased to hear that. By the way are you the most prolific author in the world? I’ve only read the Ark Royal series but if all your work is as good then I’m in awe at the speed you churn them out.

      • chrishanger July 28, 2014 at 9:02 am #

        It’s a learning process. Ark Royal took me several years to learn to write (grin)


        Sent from my iPad


  11. Dan July 30, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Would like to know when will your books go hardbound or paperback?

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