Quick (Again) Updates

11 Aug

Hi, everyone

Good news first – I’ve only got three chapters to go for The Thin Blue Line (TEC 9). I hope to finish it tomorrow, then send it to be edited and get it up within a week or so. I also need a cover, which hopefully will be ready on time too. This is a stand-alone piece, of sorts – it might be a good idea to reread When the Bough Breaks beforehand, as Belinda reappears in this volume.

After that, I’m going to write a short story (5K-10K) for an anthology of MIL-SF writings. I’m planning to do one set in either the Ark Royal universe or The Empire’s Corps universe. Which one would you like?

-One story would be the origin story of the hero of Warspite – basically, a ‘what I did during the war’ story. He would be pitted against a remorseless alien foe, all alone in the night.

-The other would be centred around a small Marine detachment in the middle of a city, during a war. I’ve got several separate ideas for it, but none really gelling yet. The core one is basically ‘Christmas in wartime’ when the Marines try to celebrate despite being under heavy fire. Another one would be more sentimental, I think.

Paul suggested one featuring Roland, the former Crown Prince. I’ve given it some thought, but it would really be more of a character story as he makes his way through Boot Camp. How does that sound? But it would be less exciting than either of the other two stories, I feel.

That said, my life is seeing more changes. <grin>.

Hopefully, we will be going to the UK for a year or so, after long battles with the UKBA to get permission for me to live there with Aisha. There’s a complete lack of actually useful communication from them, so while we have the stamped passport I’m still left a little unsure of the exact procedures. They start by demanding a lot of documents, then they give us the stamped passport and … what? Do we still need the TB form? <bangs head off wall several times.>

So I’ll be going to LonCon on Saturday and Sunday coming, then heading back to Edinburgh (after having made a few bookshops in London a little bit richer.) Then …

My current plan is to write Barbarians at the Gates II next, then go on to either Hard Lessons (A Learning Experience II) or Warspite (Ark Royal V2) Let me know which one you’d like.

It’s been a busy month for my publishers, in other news. Both Study in Slaughter and Necropolis have been posted on Amazon. Paper copies of Schooled In Magic should be available within a week or two. If you liked them, please write a review.

I’m probably going to be working through the edits for Work Experience (Schooled in Magic IV) in the next couple of weeks, then hopefully have it up in a couple of months. The School of Hard Knocks (SIM V) has been accepted, but no publication date yet.

I also have the planned titles for the next three books in the series. 6 – Love’s Labour’s Won, 7 – Trial By Fire, 8 – The Parting of the Ways. Assuming everything goes according to plan, Trial By Fire will serve as the end of the first story arc. Then things really start moving.

Anyway, back to the writing for me.

Chris

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25 Responses to “Quick (Again) Updates”

  1. Willard Goins Jr. August 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm #

    Whatever you write, I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. Brialo August 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

    Ark Royal would be the first choice for me

  3. Gerry D. August 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    I love that you are such a prolific writer! 🙂

  4. Vlad August 11, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    Empire series is my preference but I do like Ark royal as well 🙂 can’t wait to
    read it

  5. COL G August 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

    Glad to hear “Barbarian at the Gates II” is next. Just finished the first book and really looking forward to II. Ark Royal for my vote.

  6. wraiththirteen August 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    Hard lessons please. Looking forward to the changes in sol.

  7. andrija August 11, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    Yep, Hard Lessons also gets my vote 🙂
    And I think that I would like to know a bit about Roland, how the Marines experienced the events that impacted the Imperium etc.Would like to know what’s happening in the Core Worlds.

  8. Paul August 12, 2014 at 4:09 am #

    My vote is for Hard Lessons. I say this because the Warspite story is a new series, while the Hard Lessons story would help you focus on finishing the Schooled in Magic series. I enjoy your prolific writing so I do not foresee that completing Hard Lessons would significantly delay Warspite. I honestly look forward to both titles.

  9. wardawg August 12, 2014 at 5:21 am #

    Belinda in another book. Great news! I didn’t understand a single word you wrote after that.

  10. johntae71 August 12, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    I’d go with Hard Lessons. You’ve got a long long flight to catch. Plenty of writing and thinking or thinking and writing time.

    You should write and Ode to modern word processing software and laptops.

  11. Thomas Stewart August 13, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    Of those choices, I’d actually like to see the book with Roland first. Though I’d really love to see Bookworm 3 sometime, too. =)

  12. Charlie Thurman August 14, 2014 at 2:21 am #

    Chris,
    Your ideas about themes for a short story all have merit, and any one you choose has a certain appeal. The one that strikes a chord with me is the one about Marines at Christmas. The Christmas Truce in France during WW! came into my mind, and the idea that two armies who were locked in one of the most titanic struggles in history, took time out from the war to celebrate the day, struck me as remarkable. To a soldier away from home during Christmas, the day takes on added meaning.

  13. johntae71 August 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Have a safe and uneventful flight and lets take a break on flying through south east Asia for a long while.

  14. Gregory August 17, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Ark Royal please.

  15. Dennis The Menace August 19, 2014 at 12:25 am #

    Hard Lessons, please.

  16. M Harold Page August 19, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    EDINBURGH CALLING – Andrew who met you at worldcon said you were moving to Edinburgh and wanted to meet other writers in the area. I’m one. There’s also a crit circle I used to frequent that might interest you.

  17. Austin August 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Looking forward to Thin Blue Line. Been incredibly busy for the past 6 months so I haven’t had a whole lot of time to read and comment on your stuff, but I’m finally caught up with everything else and have some free time.

    And I’d like to see Hard Lessons. Though I haven’t had a chance to read Barbarians at the Gate so it’s sequel might be good, too. Sorry to say but I never got into Ark Royal.

  18. LA Cruising August 19, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    Thanks for the info on SIM. Love it that you have so many more planned. Pretty much my favorite of all your active series.

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