Updates

9 Nov

Hi, everyone

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.

Chris

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28 Responses to “Updates”

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    I’m assuming that neither of the last two projects have a SF or Fantasy basis but I think the PI story sounds interesting. [Smile]

  2. David November 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

    The detective story sounds like it would be the most challenging for you to write and should hopefully result in something a little more unusual for us readers to peruse

    • chrishanger November 10, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

      It definitely would be challenging. I can’t decide which one did it!

      Chris

      My Site: http://www.chrishanger.net/
      My Blog: https://chrishanger.wordpress.com/
      My Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristopherGNuttall

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

        Both of them of course. [Evil Grin]

        Must be my crazy mind but I could imagine a mystery where two people tried to commit the crime which results in a very muddy trail for the person trying to solve the crime.

        Mind you, since IIRC the crime in your story is the theft of a painting only one person could have the painting. [Smile]

      • chrishanger November 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

        Could have several different people trying to steal the painting Chris Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:13:45 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

  3. lamparty November 9, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

    Just so long as your PI doesn’t drive a Baby Blue Rolls Royce Pickup truck! 😉 Always loved the Travis McGee series by John D. McDonald. Would love to see something similar!

  4. Charlie November 9, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    beyond excited for a new empires corps book and democracy’s price. Easily my two favorite series ever written. Congrats on the baby!
    – a loyal fan

  5. Mark P November 10, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Try http://www.classicshell.net/ if you want to a a MS classic start button.

  6. Ben Beath November 10, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    Maybe the First but from the perspective of the mercenary as well? something akin to Evan Curries series with the rangers?

    Love your work though and looking forward to more SIM!

  7. Bob Costello November 10, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    A small bit of advice: As one whose ex-wife had a birthday of December 23rd, DO NOT allow “combo gifts” from yourself or others if it can possibly be avoided. At least not between the ages of ~3 and ~16. And never, ever wrap birthday presents in Christmas paper – you aren’t having baby Jesus! 😉

  8. Walt DUNN November 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Good book! I like both story ideas too but lean towards the PI idea a bit more!

  9. Mark November 11, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    The Sister trying to overthrow the incompetent brother sounds good – (would her motivation be to competently serve the people or something a lot more sinister), as does the PI/Art Theft one. Would really, really like to see SIM #6 or a cisnerius sequel with same main characters as Cisnerius I prior to something totally brand new. Perhaps with the art heist one some inspiration might be had by watching some old David Nivens movies from the 50′-60’s? I enjoyed them when they ran as a Saturday Matinee on TV.

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

      My thought on this is “less than ideal ruler” might not mean “incompetent ruler”.

      IE he’s competent, but his goals are different than their father’s and she dislikes her brother’s goals.

      • chrishanger November 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

        His goal is basically creating an Islamic State. I was thinking he’d actually be the youngest surviving son (the others having been bumped off by their own father) who turned to religion for solace. Chris Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:04:52 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

    • chrishanger November 12, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

      A bit of both, I was thinking. More power for her, but also long-term security for her country (as her brother will drive it into the ground.) Chris Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 20:56:01 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

  10. mark møllegaard November 13, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    what happent to you website

  11. Joel Li November 20, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Sir,
    If you type so much may I recommend the usage of a mechanical keyboard.

    Guide on mechnical keyboards:

    Review of one such keyboard :
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/13037/ducky-shine-3-mechanical-keyboard-review/

    Now adays they are used tons for gaming (because gamers are elitist), but mechanical keyboards are historically used and made for typist to use. Except typist market too small so they started to promote to gamers 😛

    They are comfortable to use, fast to type on, durable and really made for heavy usage.

    • Joel Li November 20, 2014 at 7:48 am #

      I recommend these, because ….. I just finished Work Experience and … OMG I want to read School of Hard Knocks soooo bad.

      Work Experience was such a good book. Only think I would like more is see more interactions and grow for Emily’s familiar. From a Death… snake to something cunning, intelligent, smart 😀

      • chrishanger November 20, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

        Well, it can’t grow THAT far – it’s a snake. (Besides, talking animals aren’t going to be very prominent in this universe.) Chris Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:48:58 +0000 To: christopher_g_nuttall@hotmail.com

  12. Mark November 23, 2014 at 1:43 am #

    Perhaps the snake has an accidental encounter with Emily
    ‘s Alchemy Professor and gets an upgrade that she doesn
    t know about…

  13. Tim Wolfe November 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Would really love to see the conclusion of Democracy series, that was quite the cliffhanger..

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