Well, another update.

16 Nov

Well, another update.

The good news is that I went to the doctor on Tuesday and he said that the inflamed lymph nodes were retreating, which is a good sign. I’ve been feeling a lot like I did two years ago, before this nightmare actually started. That said, there was a minor panic today when I went for chemotherapy and my white blood counts from Tuesday were found to be low, so they had to take and test more samples before they decided I could go ahead and have the treatment today. I currently feel a little wobbly, but otherwise ok.

I’m also fourteen chapters into The Alchemist’s Apprentice, with hopes of finishing in a couple of weeks. The story seems to be fitting together nicely, more or less as planned; hopefully, it will work well as a completed novel. I’m leaning towards Family Magic next, as it will be something new, but we will see. I have other commitments too.

I’ve been reading lots about the Thirty Years War (for Godpower) and the French Revolution, the latter at least in part for a prospective magic-v-science war idea that keeps nagging at the back of my brain. The irritating thing is that most of it is too close to the Royal Sorceress universe, to the point where I am considering putting it in that universe, or too close to the Schooled in Magic universe. I’d like to mess around with a story along those lines, but – so far – I don’t have a good plot.

What do you think?


35 Responses to “Well, another update.”

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 16, 2018 at 9:26 pm #

    Take Care Chris.

    Oh, I Want Cursed (next SIM novel)! 😀

    • Mike November 18, 2018 at 3:13 am #

      I’d love to see another royal sorcress

      • Mike November 18, 2018 at 3:14 am #

        Also get better, take care man.

      • Ahrakeen greenmoon (@Ahrakeen) November 18, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

        Same i rather loved royal sorceress . it’s sense of intruige was interesting

  2. Robert L. Smith November 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    Cant help you all with the book idea… Im not a “magic” guy, although the magic vs. science – thats got potential and is the sort of thing that might get me to crossover.
    Im still a large fan otherwise, and am pleased at the good news, health wise.
    Prayers getting answered.

  3. Dan November 17, 2018 at 1:17 am #

    Glad to hear your getting better hope you make a full recovery. Both those ideas sound good personally though I’ve always wanted to see a fantasy world with both science and magic mixed working together.

  4. stephen wilson November 17, 2018 at 1:54 am #

    Another vote for Cursed. Although i’m pretty sure I will end up getting the Alchemist’s Apprentice. Sounds like a nice read, when I have to suffer being in the same room as the TV Soaps over christmas :-). The things we do for a giant turkey leg.

  5. Kell Harris November 17, 2018 at 5:15 am #

    The broken thrown left us at such a cliff hanger. Way cruel chris. Glad your starting to feel better though.

  6. Mike November 17, 2018 at 7:03 am #

    Another Schooled In Magic fan. I’ve read them all. They are actually my favorite books. I buy them the day the come out on Kindle and read them in a day. The Broken Throne was the best one yet, but it left everyone on tenderhooks. Ending the series at this point would be like not having a Florida vote screwup.

  7. FULVIO MONTI November 17, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    I liked very much the Snippet for the alchemists apprentice: please go on!

    Something new in the royal sorceress’ universe would be wellcome, too!

  8. Rhino November 17, 2018 at 6:45 pm #

    Very pleased you’re doing better. Louis L’Amour wrote “Can’t stop a good man when he is in the right “. Not 100% sure how cowboy wisdom works here, but I kinda like it for you. I vote for SIM, that really is a cliff hanger – a mean one – I have no nails left. Since you mentioned it, why not tie all three. Wow, what a plot mix. But not before the end of SIM…..

  9. Carole Sullivan November 17, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    Goods news on the medical front Chris, I’m so glad things are progressing in a positive direction.
    I love the idea of industrialisation of the magical worlds in both SIM and Bookworm, and the potential for conflict between the new industries and magic, so a magic v science clash would be great.
    Thanks for the update on Zero 5. I’m really looking forward to that and the new Family Magic series and I enjoyed Para Bellum very much. Take care.

  10. G November 17, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Please finish Cursed in SIM–I hate cliffhangers in general and generally won’t even read books ending with them…

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 17, 2018 at 10:25 pm #

      Nah! That wasn’t a cliffhanger (or Chrishanger).

      A cliffhanger would be when the Main Character is moments from death when the story ends. 😈

      Here the Main Character has a big problem to over-come but isn’t “about to die”. 😈 😈 😈 😈

      • Mark November 21, 2018 at 3:07 am #

        Dunno, Drak, if Em has no access to magic, she is incredibly vulnerable to anyone. She still has her knowledge, but has no way of defending herself against anyone trying to control or kill her.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 21, 2018 at 4:04 am #

        Compared to the cliffhanger of “Emily is powerless and facing twenty warriors wanting to kill her”, her current situation is not dangerous. 😉

        IE The difference between potential danger and actual danger. Emily has plenty of potential danger at this time but has powerful defenders.

        Now, what will happen later on in the next book is a different matter. 😈

  11. Daniel November 18, 2018 at 12:17 am #

    Magic vs science all depends. I can see that in the Royal Sorceress world. Maybe 40 years on after. Not yet in SIM unless there is suddenly a reliable transport from the nameless world to earth and back.
    Now a “new” magic vs science story could be fun set in the “now” magic re-emerging into the modern or post modern world. The newly awoken mages can conquer some big swaths of the world and a magic vs science war can take place.
    If it matter vote wise I’d vote for the next Kat falcons book then the next sim or unwritten words 2

  12. Jacob Reed November 18, 2018 at 4:45 am #

    I’ll read whatever fantasy stuff you put out! I’m not really huge on sci-fi, but fantasy always does it for me, so. Do whatever feels best to you, though keep in mind that writing too many universes could overwhelm you! Don’t need to add any more stress than absolutely necessary these days, I think. xD.

  13. G November 19, 2018 at 4:09 am #

    This may be simplistic–but if, after 22 books or so, Emily ends up incredibly powerful as a Lone Power but all alone, with no meaningful relationships, and most people afraid of her–what’s the point?? Most people who strive for “success” do so for their family, house, children, etc. If in the end, Emily has to abandon most of her friends and key relationships as “The Price of Power” suggests, isn’t her journey from Earth to the Nameless World rather pointless in the end???

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard November 19, 2018 at 2:05 pm #

      We will have to wait and see.

  14. Big Ben November 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm #

    I too would like another Royal Sorceress book, though it wouldn’t exactly be modern high tech vs. magic.
    If you wanted to introduce a science vs. magic theme into the SIM world you’d either have to incorporate a stargate (like an earlier comment or hinted at) that would allow relatively unrestricted travel back and forth to a tech planet or have a spacefaring race arrive.
    Kat vs. Emily, anyone?
    Seriously, it’d make more sense to have Kat encounter a magic-using alien race than try to force high tech to suddenly appear in the Royal Sorceress or SIM worlds.
    Even if you had a super genius scientist plucked from Earth like Emily was, there’s no manufacturing infrastructure to build a strong tech base to compete with the magic users … not in several decades, at least.

    • Vaporus November 21, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Why couldn’t the southern continent have a technologt base? didn’t the old empire have tech?

      • Daniel November 26, 2018 at 4:10 am #

        Not that kind. It’s hinted at that the old empire might be another version of the “lost Roman legion” trope. Roman names pop up a lot in the sim world

  15. Jill November 20, 2018 at 3:24 am #

    1) Glad you’re feeling better. Fingers crossed you continue to get good news and progress towards recovery.
    2) Write whatever you feel up to.
    3) Something in the Royal Sorceress series would be delightful. I’ve missed Gwen and look forward to seeing how her engagement works out.

  16. Hanno Frerichs November 20, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    I liked the royal sorcerer series, so that would be fun, I also hope for cursed soon.

    For magic vs science it’s all a matter of the making. could of course be a form of straight clash, or kind of clash. mages as individuals have great power and can use it to get better then their peers. as science would augment the masses somewhat, were a mage might be able to force a bow salve away, a barrage form a machine gun or a tank shell might be harder. of course one might wonder why a mage wouldn’t be able to use science to an even greater degree. moving unwieldy or heavy machine tools in thigh spaces migh be the perfect job for someone capable of telekenisis, or operating something dangerous might be the job for a mage capbale of protecting him or herself. with the right preparation even in war they would have great advantages.

    Also a magic system as flexible and all encompassing as in SIM specally since it’s fairly well understood, would be capable of leapfrogging research much quicker then it was on the RL earth.

    I personally could see Heartheye in SIM transforming small parts of the nameless world from the very beginning of the scientific revolution and early industrialization to a the mids of the atomic age in one lifetime So earth level tech of the 1950. while there were many many techs progressing us in small steps 4-7 of the most important cornerstones (if you ask me I would list 30 cornerstone technologies and some would be hardly missed by the nameless world ) of our current technological pool should be known well enough by a normal high school student to bring them across to inspire more invested intelligent minds

    And magic should be well capable of speeding research up ones a concept has been truly understood.

    • Mark November 21, 2018 at 3:10 am #

      Actually, Chris, you already have the foundation for science vs. magic occurring in Sendaria. Emily(once or if she recovers) could be a moderating influence on the science-loving commoners, as she has already been concerned with tech/environmental problems/side-effects.

  17. David November 21, 2018 at 5:20 am #

    I’m most Interested in the short alternate version stories after one of the SIM (can’t remember which one/ones?) If you were to explore them further you could use the mirror they found under the mountains and see where that takes you. I just think a necromatic Emily or a world where she didn’t introduce technology would be very interesting.

  18. Bman November 21, 2018 at 9:26 am #

    I think a good idea of a science vs magic story may be a spinoff set in the Schooled in Magic universe. Perhaps a few centuries forward on the nameless world, where necromancy has been relegated to the dustbin of history and Emily has been immortalized in legend (maybe even a mythical figure to a cult religion). From my view a three sided conflict would eventually erupt between traditionalist magicians, the rising power of the technocrats, and magical engineers who combine both magic and tech. These conflicts and fault lines could also be drawn amongst Emily’s descendants, maybe as they try to fight over her legacy.

    • Mark November 25, 2018 at 12:28 am #

      Or perhaps Emily is explaining to a history class several centuries later…

  19. Vaporus November 21, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    I’m all about SIM. I can get through your other books and they’re not bad by any means but I don’t look forward to them whereas I stalk your blog and facebook daily for SIM updates..
    I vote for Cursed!

  20. Daniel November 22, 2018 at 12:20 am #

    Glad you’re doing better.

    There’s a lot of potential for a science vs magic series. I tried looking for series like that recently and didn’t find much. Though David Weber’s Multiverse comes close and does a great job envisioning how society might be in worlds forced towards either science or magic.

    SIM and Empire’s Corps are always my preference for what you should work on.

    • Mark November 25, 2018 at 12:27 am #

      You might want to take a look at Roger Zelazny’s “Madwand” duology.

  21. Bryce November 22, 2018 at 9:37 am #

    I think I am with the majority that I would like to see Cursed come out soon as well.

  22. Barb November 22, 2018 at 5:40 pm #

    Also get better.
    And another vote for Cursed (SIM).

    I love new worlds, new charakters and stories but when you dive so deep in a world like I am in SIM right now, after finishing your last book, you can’t think about anything else. Don’t want to think about anything else, just linger in that world.
    And to make a real argument you promist in the afterword to hurry up as good as you can (more or less). You sayed that if books are connected you would try to publish them as close together as possible.
    And that ending really begs for the story to be continued.
    (Sorry am german, we are bold like that.)
    But as a dreamer I understand if there is another story in your minde that nags at you until you write it down.

  23. Frank H. November 25, 2018 at 1:51 am #

    In Royal Sorceress, the advent of magic allowed Great Britain to put an end to the American Rebellion, and the world left behind is less free and less prosperous. A rebellion against magic and a restoration of technology might be an interesting way to continue that universe’s story.

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