The Light At The End of the Tunnel (is hopefully not an oncoming train.)

21 May

Good news first, such as it is.

I did the second set of edits for Infinite Regress – Schooled in Magic 9 – yesterday and returned it to the publisher, so it looks as though we are still on track for a launch date of 5th June. Annoyingly, I will be heading to Malaysia on that day so keep an eye on the Facebook page – the blog post may be delayed by a day or two.

Second, I’m currently 16 chapters into Past Tense – Schooled in Magic 10. I’m hoping to get the first draft finished prior to going to Malaysia, but … well, let’s just say that my life has run into problems.

Third, the audio edition of Vanguard is now available and the audio edition of The Barbarian Bride is up for pre-order.

Now for the bad news.

To summarize a long story, my wife and I arranged to purchase a house in Edinburgh, with the intention of moving at the start of the month. (The agents claimed the house would actually be ready in march, but it wasn’t.) My plan was to move after Chosen … was finished, allowing us four weeks to settle into the house before we went on holiday to Malaysia. One thing led to another and while we have access to the house, to get it ready, we are not yet able to move in. We’ve been promised a move-in date of 3 June. This leaves us with no leeway whatsoever.

So what I’ve been trying to do, over the past couple of weeks, is get as much of the packing and moving done as possible. It’s frustrating because while my vast collection of books can be boxed up easily – I miss them already – most of the other stuff we need can only be moved on the day we go, which leaves us no time to actually organise it properly. (That’s why I’ve been taking days out from writing … sigh.)

But it should be over soon.


25 Responses to “The Light At The End of the Tunnel (is hopefully not an oncoming train.)”

  1. robert godfrey May 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    Good luck with the move.

  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard May 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    Take Care!

  3. iheartdeer May 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    I’m so excited for IR! I’m sorry to hear about all the troubles you’ve been having though. For some reason it seems like moving, especially into a house that is being built, never happens the way it is planned. Also, best of luck on your trip. I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts that things settle down and start getting better soon.

  4. Baldur Norddahl May 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

    Hey have you considered renting a 20 or 40 ft container? They will drop it off at the old place and give you some days to move everything into it. Then it gets moved to the new place and you will again have some days to move everything.

    If it goes really sour you can even have the container stored for a while until you get access to the new house.

  5. Scott May 21, 2016 at 10:47 pm #

    Hi Chris,
    Your idea of bad news for us fans is a minor delay in a book due to moving/personnel issue.
    With most of the authors I regularly buy from I’m lucky to get one book a year!

    I’ll gladly take your bad news anytime and be thankful…..

    Keep them coming!


    • chrishanger May 22, 2016 at 5:26 pm #



    • Veraenderer May 22, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      I agree with you, Chris is as productive as the other authors I follow combined Oo

  6. Michael A. Proctor May 21, 2016 at 11:50 pm #

    Chris, Very nice cover picture for Infinite Regression. Emily has an understated expression of earnestness on her face that is appropriate. Hope things come together for your move… that you can leave a lot of unpacking until after your vacation and that you have a kitchen that doesn’t need to be installed. Mike

  7. Walt Dunn May 22, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    Chris,I fully sympathise with the challenges. Overall we ended up moving around 27 times in 17 years,of which five were intercontinental, eight or so were interstate, the remainder were within within the same state and less that a hundred miles. The seven year Box keeps raising a cry of anguish! Hopefully, in a year or so you won’t wake up some morning, at Oh Dark Thirty thinking,”How many boxer were up in the attic and did I get them all?”

  8. Michael May 22, 2016 at 3:42 am #

    Awesome news Chris about SIMs 9 and 10!!
    Hope the moving goes well! Just don’t pack perishable items…..makes for interesting smells at your destination 🙂

  9. Jerry Caudle May 22, 2016 at 3:43 am #

    You write good books, and we don’t have to wait for you like George RR Martin! Good luck with the move

  10. Gazza May 22, 2016 at 5:16 am #

    Glad to see book is still on track with all that going on. Moving almost never goes an planed. Hope you days away are sunny and fun filled with little drama =)

  11. david May 22, 2016 at 10:52 am #

    i have already started counting down the days “schooled in magic” is by far one of my favorite fantasy series with only “the travalers gate trilogy” above it

  12. randallberger May 22, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

    Mate … IR was terrific and PT is Gripping! Can’t remember … is this the first time you’ve done a butt segue from one novel to the next?

  13. allusionblog May 22, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Might try mapping. Sort of tab a into slot b. The contents of this (drawer, cabinet, shelf) go into that (drawer, cabinet, shelf). Mapping where beds bookshelves, tables, chairs, desks go. Curtains/ hardware and tools for putting them up, locks/keys, address changes.
    Definitely insurance, since dates you will not be at home have been made public.

  14. Richard Parks May 23, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    I know that everyone of us has been in something similar, Chris. I know it is frustrating but things will work out.
    I also understand the book thing I have over 3500 hardback and an ungodly amount of “other” publications that when we moved that gave me a hyena and my wife a broke foot (true story) so I understand oh too well. Have a wonderful trip.

    • MarkR May 24, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

      Richard Parks, your excessive books gave you a hyena – I’m not sure you can have one of those as a pet?!
      (Damned autocorrect?)

  15. Joel Li May 26, 2016 at 8:40 am #

    Chris, treat yourself to the next Kindle Oasis 😀

    Should help your withdrawal syndromes.

    I moved to online books as soon as I could vpn to Amazon US, as Singapore housing lacks space that books require.

    Hope everything is going well with the move and holiday in Malaysia. If you ever come down to Singapore, I hope you do a book signing or something 🙂

    Although not sure how many people in Asia have access or read your books :DD

  16. William Ameling June 12, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    I am really waiting for Past Tense. I wonder how long she will stay in the past and how much old and lost history and magic Emily will learn. Obviously, the “statue” of her was her coming back from the past and her trying to touch it is what allowed her past self to revive and recover the books where her magical signature was left. I find myself wondering if Lord Whitehall could end up coming forward to the present time as well and taking over as the Grand Master of his school. I think that Emily is now closely tied to Nexus point and that on top of her already high magical power levels will end up making her extremely powerful as a magician, i.e. almost as strong as Void, and almost as strong as the necromancers, which is where her biggest internal threat is (becoming a necromancer herself or being driven insane by the power levels, not that I expect it to happen, but the threat is real).

  17. William Ameling June 12, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    I also wonder if a period of separation, i.e. going into the past and then coming forward to return, will help Emily resolve her feelings where Caleb is concerned and getting married to him.

    • William Ameling June 13, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

      Also how aware of time and able to think and remember was Emily while she was returning from the past as the “statue”? If she had a lot of time to think about magic while she was frozen it is hard to say how much she might have invented on her own about magic, but it could be a LOT.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard June 13, 2016 at 10:41 pm #

        Or if aware of being frozen as a statue, she might go insane.

        Remember that she had been turned to stone in an earlier book and remained sane only because people kept talking with her over the several days it took to restore her.

        If she returns from the past as that statue, we’re talking 700-1,000 years as a statue.

      • chrishanger June 16, 2016 at 11:39 pm #

        That’s the issue – thing is, changing a person’s body can and will change their mind too. That’s been a part of the series from book one .

        Imagine being unable to move, completely unable to move. Then imagine being stuck that way for years …


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