Good news first. I’m planning to start writing Warspite properly tomorrow. There will be a gap Thursday-Monday (owing to NOVACON) but I hope to have the book drafted out by the start of December. I won’t be bored after that as my editor has sent me the normal massive list of edits for The School of Hard Knocks (Schooled in Magic V), which I will attempt to tackle once the draft is complete. I’m hoping to get the editing for The Best Laid Plans done at the same time, but it will depend on just how fast the editor turns it around.
I’m getting to grips with my new computer, which I am more or less reserving completely for writing. Thanks to everyone who sent in suggestions – I upgraded the computer to Windows 8.1, which helped to some extent, even through the missing start menu is annoying and the tablet-like display irritating.
We’re still preparing for the baby’s arrival, with an estimated due date of 22nd December (the kid is going to hate us <grin>). We attended several classes on how to take care of a newborn child, which left me wondering just how the human race managed to survive several thousand years without accidentally dying out. I don’t feel remotely up to the task of taking care of a newborn, but it’s a bit late to change our minds.
My current plan is to take January off, then start work – either on Democracy’s Price or Never Surrender. I’ll post a poll on my discussion board or Facebook page nearer the time to see what my fans want. After that, I think I will probably write SIM 6 and then something new.
Which leads to the next question … what would you like to see?
One idea I’ve had is centred around a tiny Middle East state – somewhere loosely akin to Dubai or Kuwait. This state used to be ruled by a pragmatic king, but since his death his son has proved to be a less than ideal ruler. The new king’s sister’s solution to this problem is to hire mercenaries to overthrow her brother, then take power herself. Needless to say, it doesn’t work out as well as she hoped.
Another idea is a bit of a detective story. There’s a VERY rich woman who collects expensive paintings – and one of them gets stolen. She didn’t exactly acquire all of them legally, so instead of calling the cops she calls a PI instead. The PI discovers a trail of deceit and deception that leads all the way to a very old family crisis. It would be something out of my comfort zone, which isn’t a bad idea. But we will see.
Let me know which one you want, if – of course – you want any of them.