It’s been a bit of a frustrating week.

24 Feb

It’s been a bit of a frustrating week.

For some reason, my health decided to have a collapse on Monday evening, so I basically wound up taking Tuesday off. I wasn’t in a good state on Wednesday and Thursday, so I wrote only four chapters of Invincible (and a further two on Saturday.) I’m hoping to finish the first draft by the end of next week, but we will see – I have some other work to do on Wednesday.

On the plus side, I wrote out the plot for The Family Shame, a story that basically follows Isabella’s life after the events of The Zero Equation. I’m thinking that will be the next Zero book, instead of The Alchemist’s Apprentice, but we will see. I’ve also sketched out the plot ideas for The Long-Range War, which will be A Learning Experience 5. It will draw on characters from pretty much every previous book (rather than being stand-alone) and may be the first part of a two-parter. I’ll finish that soon, I hope.

I’ve also been writing more Heinlein reviews, as you can see if you check out my Facebook page, and a handful of articles. I’ve actually been giving some thought to turning them into a small work of literary criticism – Heinlein for a New Century or something along those lines. It’s astonishing how many canards about Heinlein’s work – particularly the ones put forward in the last twenty years or so – simply don’t stand up to examination. Would anyone be interested in reading such a book?

It’ll be a very long term project, I think. I’ll have to finish reviewing most of his work first, which will mean rereading some of his older books … it sounds like a chore, doesn’t it? <grin>. It won’t interfere with the rest of my schedule, I think.



13 Responses to “It’s been a bit of a frustrating week.”

  1. Jared February 24, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

    I was sick for two weeks in January. It was awful.

    I’m glad to see some more learning experience books. I like that series!!

  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard February 24, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

    I enjoy your books so take care of yourself. 😀

  3. Bob Stewart February 25, 2018 at 2:00 am #

    I just read “Alassa’s Tale” last night, and enjoyed it a lot. I can see you’re in the process of nurturing a number of threads that will come together rather spectacularly. The children are growing up. Yes? Emily’s experience is surely overcoming her frequent bouts of self-doubt and aimless introspection.

    I hope your illness is of the cold/annoying cough sort, and not something more complex. I was beset by several sequential colds that just coincidentally occurred immediately after seeing the grand kids. The worst was handled with a couple nights using night time Theraflu which allowed me to get to sleep. I noticed that the pull date for the packets I used was 2013, suggesting I was a bit behind on keeping my immune system synched to the latest bugs.

    Take care!

    • Rog March 3, 2018 at 4:58 pm #

      Bob I don’t think they put anything in there to address the bug. It’s just some stuff to make you comfortable, clear congestion etc… My primary concern with an older product that expired in 2013 would just be that it was less effective.. or might even be bad for you.. (apparently not for Theraflu)

      I agree with you .. I want Chris writing for a nice long career..

      As per Heinlein, I read him many years ago when a teenager, nice fantastic stuff, on the deep side is about what I remember. I’ll have to read him again. (I normally only read a book or watch a movie once..)

      Yah seeing your opinion / considerations on his writing would be interesting.

      Get well Chris!

  4. randallberger February 25, 2018 at 7:18 am #

    Chris … please … health first, books later … don’t take a “deadline” literally … like in a POW camp … it’s a metaphor in writing. We want you alive and ticking. It’s been a nasty winter up there, I believe …

    I suggest: single malt, fireplace, slippers, iPad in that order … Hovering between 20C and 30C down here in Melbourne … 70F and 90F … I’ll try and send you some.

    Frankly, with the events of Chapters 27-29 in IMP, I reckon you’re just a giant pricktease! They arrive around 2am local, and you’ve got me sneaking a peak when I wake for a leak! Bastard!

  5. Pyo February 25, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    Cold’s going around here, too. Was on some conference this week and everyone was coughing and sniffling or just generally being ill … when people all around the globe had come to discuss [topic]. Must have been incredibly annoying to have the experience sabotaged like that.

    But nothing to it except to try and relax and recuperate.

  6. Bryce February 26, 2018 at 2:08 am #

    Sorry to hear about your health hope you get better soon. Is there an update on the next book in the SiM series. or is that on hold right now?

    • chrishanger March 4, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      I’m planning to start writing it next week.


  7. Rhino February 26, 2018 at 4:55 am #

    As we used to joke in the service, you are not authorized to be ill. A mild hay fever might be okay after SIM #100. Truly hope your malaise passes quickly. I read somewhere there is a mystery virus masquerading as the flu filtering around the earth, nagging but survivable.
    I, also, would hope for progress with Emily. Poor girl is wandering around out there without cause or direction. She has friends in dire straits, a castle in serious need of remodeling and a tutor impatiently tapping his toe waiting for her arrival. None of those, sadly, can be resolved by a lobbing a nuke. But I’m sure you have clever twists and turns to reveal – the problem is waiting for it.
    Get well soon, can just see you writing feverishly to satisfy my needs (sans fever).

  8. Mark February 28, 2018 at 5:02 pm #

    Hey Chris, I would love “Heinlein for a new Century”. I would also love to see more of Isabella, as well as SIM.

    • sam57l0 April 26, 2018 at 8:31 pm #

      Me, too!!

  9. Phil Casale March 1, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    any idea when “A Princess in a Tower” will be released?

    • chrishanger March 4, 2018 at 9:26 am #

      I’ll be writing it this month.


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