30 Apr

It’s been a very frustrating week.

As some of you know, my wife and I are in the process of buying a house. Said house is complete, save for one minor issue that could be handled easily, if we could just cut through the red tape and get on with it. We were supposed to get the keys to the house tomorrow – more realistically, Monday – but we are basically in limbo until we get that issue handled. So we don’t know when we will be moving in and we have to vacate our current house at the end of May.

To add to these woes, my son’s swimming lessons have been cancelled until the problems with the swimming pool are fixed. We’ve tried taking him to one public swimming pool, but it’s really too cold for a baby.

And neither of us are particularly healthy.

The long and short of it is that my current project, Chosen of the Valkyries, has been delayed quite badly. (I was actually behind with my editing too, which is another cause for discontent.) I’m hoping to finish the manuscript tomorrow, but with the way we’re both feeling … well, I can only hope.

On the plus side, I’ve been jotting down plot notes for The Sergeant’s Apprentice, which will be Book 11 of Schooled In Magic. I’ve also got several other plots underway – I’m currently planning to finish Vanguard and Twilight of the Gods, then try and do a couple of stand-alone books. We shall see …

There will also be a number of other audio books coming out in the near future. Watch this space.


24 Responses to “Frustrations”

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard April 30, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    Take care Chris.

    Oh, I posted a comment in the SIM wiki concerning Lone Powers.

    Hope you think it helpful.

  2. Bob Stewart April 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

    Chris, don’t get buried in the weeds. Your family and you will be fine and that is priority number one. The temporary disruption of the swimming lessons won’t amount to anything to your child now or in the future. And you can always treat the housing scheduling problem as a surprise vacation! The Sargent’s Apprentice sounds terrific, a step forward into adulthood. Temperance and discretion, that’s the ticket.

    • Joseph J Caudle May 5, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

      I hadn’t read most of your fantasy books but just read all 8 existing books in SIM….really enjoyed them, although I am more a fan of hard Sci Fi. Congratulations on buying a home….A swimming pool in Scotland? Can you use that more than 3 days a year? 🙂 l

      • chrishanger May 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm #

        Not if you are a baby, it seems. Outside schools, swimming pools seem to be too cold for infants.


  3. Dave April 30, 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Wow sounds frustrating i wish you luck that you get through it all rather quickly
    I have a couple questions
    Can you give a time when infinite regress will be released also do you mean book 10 in your post or was it not a typo and meant to be “11”

    • chrishanger April 30, 2016 at 8:07 pm #


      June is the planned date for IR, but it depends on editing.

      No, Book 10 is Past Tense; The Sargent’s Apprentice is Book 11.


      • dave May 1, 2016 at 2:06 pm #

        Can’t wait for IR thank you for the update

      • Gazza May 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

        JUNE!!! but I need my FIX!! The problem with a good book is most places, the law won’t let you chain people to a chair to write you the next =)~

      • chrishanger May 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

        I’ll take hard cash instead


      • G May 2, 2016 at 6:44 am #

        I hope your feeling better…can you give some color on whether the series continues through Emily becoming a full adult (finished with Whitehall and apprenticeship and settled somewhere)?? Hope so…enjoy the series…or is the series still ending around book 14??

      • chrishanger May 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

        Yes, she will grow up


  4. MAD-ness May 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    Most exciting SiM book title in a long time!

    Really looking forward to seeing her take that type of step forward.

  5. Disclancer May 1, 2016 at 11:09 pm #

    Sorry to hear your under the weather Chris. As someone with a significant history of anxiety (and a medical student) I would echo the sentiment already expressed. Try not to get buried in the little things.

    Quick question, are you still planning to do Past Tense next? No pressure, just my own neurosis kicking in 😊.

    Take care!

    • chrishanger May 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm #

      Yes, I am. It just depends on the timing.


  6. shrekgrinch May 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Guess you aren’t moving to the US as you had planned, then. 🙂

    • chrishanger May 2, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

      Not at the moment. But that’s in the future.


  7. G May 13, 2016 at 5:43 am #

    In The Sergeant’s Apprentice, you might consider picking up on a plot point left from Trial by Fire where Master Gray has her fight defensively only against the entire 3rd year defensive magic class–at the end, he points out that she could have manipulated her external environment (sleeping gas, raising earth barriers) while continuing to cast spells…multiple attacker situations where she would have to cast/juggle multiple simultaneous spells with perfect control as well as power…thank you for inventing such a wonderful world…

  8. Terrie Wiese August 21, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    It’s August. Hope all is well with you and your family. Looking forward to book 11, the The Sergeant’s Apprentice. I didn’t know how many books are in the series. I just got through to book 10. The series was hard to put down. Good read.

  9. christine September 16, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Just read all ten books of the schooled in magic series. Could not put them down, even when on a cruise in the Pacific. Hanging out for book 11.

    • chrishanger September 16, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

      Thanks! It’s second in the line.


  10. Billy Lassiter September 26, 2016 at 5:24 am #

    Hope everything works out. Have reread all ten SIM books for the eighth time. To bad you can’t write as fast as I read. Your’s is not the only series I am waiting on. I will miss the Xanth books. RIP Piers Anthony.

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