I Ain’t Dead

28 Jul

I ain’t dead <grin>

Actually, I got a pair of PMs asking if I was alright. My health has been something of a mix these days. I wrote for four day, then had to take three days off and then wrote for another five days. Right now, I feel reasonably fine. It’s starting to look as though I get two-three weeks of relative health, followed by a few days of poor health. I’m due to visit the clinic on Tuesday, so hopefully we’ll get some answers.

The good news is that I’ve managed to write 25 chapters of The Broken Throne. It’s a curiously challenging book, all the more so as Emily cannot be involved in most of the action. But there will still be plenty for her to do. I’m hoping to have the first draft completed by the 4th, although no promises. My health may complicate matters.


After that, I’m not sure. Para Bellum is the clear favourite, but I need to work a little more on the plot. We shall see …


38 Responses to “I Ain’t Dead”

  1. M Boddy July 28, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    Glad to hear you are doing well Chris; I hope you can get help at the clinic.

  2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 28, 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    Glad you’re not dead so I won’t have to contact that necromancer who claims that he can raise the dead.

    He refuses to promise that the dead he raises will be “just like they were when they were alive”. 😈

    • J. Ferengi July 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

      Christopher, listen to what your body tells you and follow it without fail. Maybe a few of your symptoms might give you help from some of us that have similar problems. It may not be me for I will keep quiet unless I have something to offer. Wonderful that you have made progress on the broken throne. So is Emily going to show up to eliminate her 4th necromancer? Good luck at your doctor visit.

    • Mark August 8, 2018 at 11:37 am #

      Any news on Chris?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard August 8, 2018 at 2:34 pm #

        He must be feeling somewhat better as he posted chapters of Broken Throne today & yesterday.

      • vendey August 8, 2018 at 5:05 pm #

        Where did he post those?

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard August 8, 2018 at 5:13 pm #

        Chris posts snippets on Baen’s Bar Slush Pile conference.

  3. Jared July 28, 2018 at 10:18 pm #

    It’s good to hear you are alive. Aside from your books you frequent blog post are one of the things I like. So many authors won’t communicate for months on end and as a fan it sucks to not have a small glimps in the progress of the work.

    Still, I hope they’ll figure out your health, and hope for your full recovery!!

  4. Pyo July 28, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    Shame about your health. Those drawn out struggles really can suck the joy out of life, especially when you have no clue what’s going on or whether it’ll ever be over.
    Hopefully the worst is behind you.

    That aside –
    “… all the more so as Emily cannot be involved in most of the action.”
    And there goes my interest in the book up in flames, the ashes scattered into a thousand directions …

    • Jared July 28, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

      Are you kidding? I was thinking it might not be such a bad thing. The books are great but this next one promised to be Emily beating the bad guys. And as great as that sounds I would like something unexpected and Chris’s comment shows that there might be more going on then just a simple civil war.

      • Pyo July 28, 2018 at 11:16 pm #

        Well, my experience with the series can be quite accurately summed up in a simple decision tree … that actually doesn’t even need to be a tree:

        Did Emily reasonably regularly throughout the book resort to taking active action?
        Yes: I probably enjoyed the book.
        No: I probably did not/not as much enjoy the book.

        And because I like saying it: correlation is not the same as causation. So it’s not necessarily strictly because of the action thing. But it seems to exacerbate the issues I occasionally have with the series, so …

      • Hanno Frerichs July 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

        The Book and Emily will be good, and lets be realistic Emily will be involved in many of the main actions, but if I recall it correctly there is a 3 front civil war underway so Emily can’t logically be involved in everything.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard July 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

        Chris used “interludes” in Princess In The Tower and plans to use more in Broken Throne.

  5. Ihas July 29, 2018 at 1:30 am #

    I keep wondering what it would do to Emily for Randor to win and the whole kingdom, including Cockatrice, becomes just another part if the waste or blight or whatever it’s called. I think that would drive Void’s point home in a lasting fashion.

    • Ihas July 29, 2018 at 1:39 am #

      Or for Allassa or Jade to go Necro.

    • Jared July 29, 2018 at 2:24 am #

      I think it would prove void wrong.

      • Ihas July 29, 2018 at 3:46 am #

        But Emily is the proximate cause of Randor going necro. If she had not gotten caught playing game of thrones, Randor would have gotten what he wanted. Emily’s friends would have suffered, but the result of her interference is terrabad for everyone. If she had done as Void wanted, and focused on the necromantic threat, things would have been different. And he has been lamenting all the kingdoms being focused on infighting instead of the greater threat since book 1. Now Emily has gotten caught up in it. Randor’s victory, and the consequent destruction of all Emily holds dear because she was focused on the wrong thing, would prove him right.

      • Jared July 29, 2018 at 5:56 am #

        Void thinks that a bickering populace is a bad thing. and of course he’s right. But he’s wrong about how to fix it. A strong, educated, and technologically advanced people would be highly effective against the necromancers and their armies. Void wants Emily to focus on her training to become a powerful sorcerous. and while this is important. the allied lands has had this same approach to the problem for centuries. yet it has continually lost to the necromantic threat. and now with a necromancer popping up behind the front lines shows that Voids approach isn’t working.

        Yes, Randor chose necromancy because he felt threatened by his daughter and by Emily. Yet he was already heading down the path of madness before he found out about Imaiqah. if Randor can choose to be a necromancer then so can any other weak magician. The only real way to combat this is to educate the people and increase their tech base. So that it is easier to spot the signs of madness and make it harder for the necromancer to gain a strong foothold before something can be done about it.

        You know this isn’t really that different then the history of Eroupe and the establishment of a constitutional government.

      • Pyo July 29, 2018 at 9:36 am #

        Void is basically the classic fictional “authoritarian leader” fantasy. Where, if you are just strong and badass enough, everybody lines up behind you, and then you can ignore everything “wrong”, like political squabbling, and focus on what’s important, ie. military solutions.

        It’s often portrayed in fiction as a working solution, and seems reasonably plausible at first glance, too. But history really teaches us that such approaches are far too fragile to last, or that they don’t work in the first place.

        That aside; why the heck should Em even want to save the allied lands if she considers their society to be highly unfair? If, on top, they also went and messed up the lives of her few friends, well, I don’t see where her motivation would come from … from her perspective, the rest of the necromancers just sit somewhere beyond the borders, not bothering anybody. Meanwhile, those people before her are trying to kill her friends.

        Anyone would chose as Em did, I’d think. And she’s right to do so, too. If Void has a problem with it he should have interfered long ago, making sure it didn’t happen in the first place. He certainly could have done so. Turning around now and “blaming” Emily is just hypocritical.

      • G August 1, 2018 at 4:03 am #

        Ultimately, what everyone fights for is friends and family–tribes, nations, culture are just an abstraction…if everyone Emily loves is slaughtered, why bother fighting for the Allied Lands?? I do hope Emily acts independently, and doesn’t just sit around waiting for Alassa or Jade to send her somewhere…

  6. A Ron Carmichael July 29, 2018 at 4:06 am #

    Pharmacist/reader urging you to have a 25(OH)D level requested by your physician, and insure the value is AT least 50 ng/ml(125nMol/L for y’all Brits). Don’t leave that “on the table” by having less than 50 ng/ml.

  7. Fleeced August 2, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    Stay safe, Chris – and be well. Health issues (especially the ones hard to pin down) are no fun.

  8. Ligger66 (@ligger66) August 2, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Hey, Chris, would u be able to make a post about how you write books. Like kind of a timeline and what goes into designing the plot of a series and that kind of thing?

    • Vaporus August 2, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

      He’s become somewhat inactive of late but Kevin Hardman has some good stuff about publishing in his blog. I always find it interesting reading about different authors methods.

      • Ligger66 (@ligger66) August 2, 2018 at 6:47 pm #

        He’s still pumping out 4 or more books a year which is a heck of a lot faster than most authors.

  9. Bryce August 3, 2018 at 2:30 am #

    glad you are mostly feeling good, I hope it stays that way. I also hope we are still on for the 4th to have the first draft done:)

  10. Puffin Muffin August 3, 2018 at 2:35 am #

    Please get well soon… I’m having to re-read GOT while waiting for your next book.

  11. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard August 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

    I’m on Chris’s Beta Reader Mailing List and the following was mentioned when he sent the final docs for The Broken Throne.


    Hi, everyone

    Please find attached the last two files for The Broken Throne. I hope you enjoyed reading it.

    The good news is that the doctors have finally started to get a handle on what’s wrong with me. The bad news is that the best case is a very nasty infection (perhaps TB) and the worst case is lymphoma. Next week is not going to be fun, as I have two more appointments before they think they can finally say what’s wrong. However, I do intend to edit the files on Wednesday or Friday, depending on how I feel. Please send any remaining edits before then .

    Wish me luck, please.


    End Quote

    End Quote

    • Bryce August 12, 2018 at 3:24 am #

      well I hope you can get well soon.

    • Wazman August 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

      Thanks Paul for sharing this I’d pray that its not the worst case but the guy up stairs rarely listens to me. But regardless we all hope for the best for you Chris and are pulling for you.

    • David Graf August 15, 2018 at 4:09 am #

      Thanks for the update. My prayers are with Chris and his family. May the news be good.

    • Peter Rhodan August 15, 2018 at 8:48 pm #

      Hey Paul,
      I’m glad you like Chris’s writing too. I used to see you comment all the time in the Weber pages. 🙂

    • Yiha September 3, 2018 at 6:24 am #

      I dont think you doing the right thing in posting personel information given to you privatly.

  12. Mark August 12, 2018 at 12:00 am #

    Hopefully Chris, it will be an infection and not either of the other two possibilities. Will pray for you.

    • Tim August 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

      Never posted here before but feel moved to join the best wishes Mr Nuttal sir, I’ve been enjoying your books for quite some time, and hope and pray that we will all have many more to enjoy in the years to come!!

  13. stonefly69 August 13, 2018 at 10:34 pm #

    Chris: we are pulling for you and hope for the best. This is just to say you are a wonderful author and I enjoy your series immensely. Thank you!

  14. David Graf August 31, 2018 at 3:26 am #

    As you know from his Facebook entry, the news is not good for Chris with him having to deal with an aggressive form of lymphoma, but let’s do something to help him out. On this blog, he has a “Donate” button which works through PayPal. The good news is that you do not need to have a PayPal account but you can use a debit or credit card including AmEx to contribute. Even though his medical bills will be covered as he’s in England, you know that there will be other bills. After all the enjoyment he’s given us, his readers, over the years, this is the least that we can do in return. Here’s the link on this site: http://www.chrishanger.net/cookiejar.html. Another way of getting to this is clicking on the Cookie Jar link on the first page you get when you bring up his blog. The Cookie Jar link is on the right side of the page under “Interested?”.

  15. elkwood September 4, 2018 at 12:54 am #

    Holy cow ! Really sorry to hear about your illness. Hope u get better soon Chris !!!!!!

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