Updates – And Stuff

22 Mar

Hi, everyone

Bad news first – I attended a scan on Friday and it turns out I have gallstones.  This is, of course, a very galling development <groan>.  But at least I know the cause.  It could be a lot worse – I was afraid the cancer might be coming back.

Good news – I’ve just done the first set of edits for The Artful Apprentice, which is Schooled in Magic 19.  It should be on the way to the other editor right now, so hopefully it won’t be long before you can download it. 

I’ve also got a short story in When Valor Must Hold, set in an unexplored section of the Zero universe.  

Speaking of which, I’ve worked out the rough outline of The Family Name, a story that concludes Akin and Isabella’s storylines and sets the groundwork for the really big trilogy.  I’m planning to alternate between two POVs, which I’ve never tried before.  We’ll have to see how it works.  And I’ve sketched out an updated outline of Oathkeeper (SIM20). 

And tomorrow’s my birthday.  What a shame we can’t go out.

Edinburgh is eerie at the moment.  The schools are closed (except for key workers – my son’s school seems to keep changing its mind about having the kids tomorrow.)  The supermarket was depleted rather than emptied completely, but there were people on the streets and suchlike.  Sigh.  And I was treated to yet another display of why people hold the government bureaucrats in total contempt – the supermarket wouldn’t let me buy both baby-medicine and adult medicine, even though they were clearly for different people.  Limits on painkillers made very little sense before the crisis – seriously, I could just walk up the street and buy enough to do very real harm if I wanted – and even less now.  And then people wonder why no one takes the bureaucrats seriously.

But that’s something to consider at a later date.

I hope you’re all keeping well. 


28 Responses to “Updates – And Stuff”

  1. Brian March 22, 2020 at 5:44 pm #

    Chris – please stay home. Appeal to local fans to do your shopping if the stores won’t deliver. If that doesn’t work let us know where we can donate a dollar or two to hire someone.

    You wouldn’t live through getting this virus or even just the flu.

    This is a selfish act on my part and I don’t feel even the slightest bad about it.

  2. Bob Wilson March 22, 2020 at 5:56 pm #

    Hi all.. Did I miss the announcement on the Kat Falcone release?? I know old age is getting to me, but I’m very sure I would have pre-ordered if at all possible.
    Thanx, and ohChris, please get those things dissolved…that is what they do to gallstones, right??

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard March 22, 2020 at 6:07 pm #

      The first of the “follow up” Kat Falcone series is a May 19th release. It will be a trilogy (only two are available for pre-order).

      • Bob March 22, 2020 at 7:45 pm #

        Thank you Paul..I looked and I’ve already pre-ordered them both.. 🙂

  3. Cathy Howat March 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm #

    If you need surgery it can hopefully be done laparoscopically.

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  4. Cathy Howat March 22, 2020 at 6:21 pm #

    You and your family stay well

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  5. AshleyRPollard March 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm #

    Gallstones, not to dissed lightly as they can really hurt when you pass them.

  6. William Ameling March 22, 2020 at 7:31 pm #

    What about the cover for The Artful Apprentice?

    • William Ameling March 24, 2020 at 2:17 am #

      I think that You will need to have the cover to release the Book ?

  7. Just Another Joe March 22, 2020 at 7:42 pm #

    First of all, please take care of yourself. I think Brian above,summed it up pretty well. I have little to no patience for government. They take our money and seem to provide little.

    I been reading through the SIM book and I hope to finish about the time 19 comes out. I am afraid I am ahead of schedule.😃.

    Before you close up SIM. So you think could spend some time with the Gorgon and perhaps the dragon??

  8. Andy March 22, 2020 at 10:24 pm #

    Happy birthday mr Nuttall. Thanks for your work I work in the NHS and iv just started re-reading the ark royal series so thank you for giving me an escape after a 14.5 hour day.
    Take care of yourself because I want more.

  9. Judson March 23, 2020 at 12:17 am #

    Happy Birthday…Mine’s today. Weird birthday for sure….sorry to hear about the gallstones but happy birthday!

  10. randallberger March 23, 2020 at 8:17 am #

    If you’re lucky, it’s just keyhole out your navel, the whole bang lot …

    I hope your immune system is back up to scratch … to wipe out the Toilet Paper Apocalypse

    I’m kind of in isolation here in the Goldfields of Victoria … Castlemaine … I might have to write another novel… want to proofread mine?

  11. MishaBurnett March 23, 2020 at 10:33 am #

    I had my gallbladder out this past Thursday, with laparoscopic (aka “keyhole”) procedure. I let my go too long without seeing a doctor, and it caused problems with both my liver and my pancreas when my ducts became blocked. Basically I couldn’t eat without extreme pain and vomiting several hours afterwards for a month or so.

    You have my extreme sympathy and I urge you to be firm with the surgeons to schedule the procedure. Mine was nearly cancelled because the C19 panic is making the hospital put off any surgery they consider elective.

    I switched to near-zero fat diet for a while–basically nothing but steamed rice and vegetables, no animal protein and no oils–and that helped decrease the severity of the attacks, but it was really grim for a while there.

  12. David March 23, 2020 at 10:41 am #

    Happy Birthday! I wish you and your family a great day!

    On a slightly more sinister note, here’s an interesting article to read on staying home, somewhat poetically called ‘The Hammer and the Dance’. On this point I completely agree with Brian:

    View at Medium.com

  13. Tony Perkins March 23, 2020 at 3:15 pm #

    Happy birthday Chris. Get well soon and stay safe. Looking forward to your next books. Thank you for filling my life with awesome stories. It’s made my life well worth living.

  14. Timothy A Schmidt March 23, 2020 at 4:07 pm #

    Yes do take care!
    Take it easy on the politicians a little. They are struggling with a situation that no one was really prepared for. Also, consider that with people still flocking to beaches, getting on cruise ships and buying 100 years worth of toilet paper(?); that our elected officials may be truly representative of the electorate.

  15. Malta George March 23, 2020 at 5:28 pm #

    I know there is a link somewhere to a map of the unnamed world. Could you post it?

  16. Michael Bonkowski March 23, 2020 at 7:48 pm #

    Happy birthday. Thanks for all your great stories, and take care of your self. I’m in the Seattle area and being very conscious of social distances.

  17. steven house March 23, 2020 at 10:59 pm #

    Yes Happy Birthday Chris and get well soon, if it helps just think or the not going out as being in training for that “Full-time Job”(Rare in the UK) of a Post-Apocoliptic Hermit, the one job in an MMORPG no one ever wants, but some has to do it. As thay are needed for plot background and those very strange side missions, that may or may not be as useless as you thought thay were. 🙂

  18. Warren The Ape March 24, 2020 at 1:49 am #

    1) Go in store.
    2) By the baby medicine.
    3) Walk out store; put meds in car.
    4) Go back in store.
    5) By the adult medicine.
    6) Adios!

  19. Guy Marc GAGNÉ March 24, 2020 at 9:04 pm #

    Happy belated Birthday Chris!
    Many, many happy returns!
    Stay the course, quarantine, voluntary or imposed is a sound approach given the
    virulence of Covid-19, your personal weakened immune system and your family’s
    future may be negatively impacted by frivolous actions.
    The nonsense shopping (emptying stores of toilet paper? as if Covid-19 was a gastro!?!?) and related restrictions are at times bewildering in their lack of clarity or pertinence!
    ’tis indeed a ubiquitous truth that functionaries are somewhat clueless and disconnected from anything bearing a resemblance to reality!
    However, these are extraordinary times and, few if any in Gov’t, outside specialised medical intervention teams, have the wherewithal to adequately deal with this type of crisis.
    Society has been on lock-down here (Québec, Canada) for a couple of weeks, schools (all levels) have been closed, potentially until Sept. No congregations (religious, cultural, etc. are allowed), folks are to remain at 2 meters of each other, couples are allowed to walk outside but, that pretty much is the extent of things. Restaurants are closed or offer ”cashless” take-out or deliveries, pharmacies/drugstores & hospitals are accessible, Gov’t liquor stores and ‘pot’ shops are operating at reduced hours; cellphone providers are offering free long distance across the country as well as free roaming to keep folks connected to help reduce cabin-fever!
    I am even getting a $2/hr. bonus for working through the crisis but, my spouse has been
    compelled to close her family (home-based) daycare for the next couple of weeks at a minimum. Hey life goes on, we adapt and overcome!
    All the best to you and yours, be cautious and stay healthy.

  20. Guy Marc GAGNÉ March 24, 2020 at 9:34 pm #

    Oh! One thing I omitted, lapsus (a white hair issue), that is rather ingenious and practical.
    They are establishing ”drive-through” test centers. At a specified location, you drive by, open your window, your cheek gets swabbed, info exchanged, off you go, virtually no contact/interaction except beyond you and the sampler (adequately protected).
    No parking then walking about or queuing up risking a spread of contamination.
    Now that is a sensible measure/approach to testing!

  21. Henry Sherwood March 24, 2020 at 9:58 pm #

    Just finished your short “Life During War Time”. Is there any more to the story, I think it is a sweet piece and Thank You so much.

    • chrishanger April 1, 2020 at 3:39 pm #

      Yes – the main character will appear in the next Ark books.


  22. thor2705 March 26, 2020 at 9:53 pm #

    Happy belated Birthday. May all your dreams come true. And stay safe and healthy.

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