Do y'all have any idea how gratifying it is to know that your fans are actually bitching that you aren't writing fast enough? Really? It's freaking amazing. And a little scary.
But when an actual argument breaks out, and someone invokes Gaiman's Martin Isn't Your Bitch?
I feel like I just won a freakin' Hugo. Thank you! I needed that distraction.
So, you folks do deserve an update for your patience, which is very much appreciated. Magelord is in the final stages, but it's been in the final stages for a while now. I'm just as impatient as you are, and even more frustrated. It's largely a matter of time. Unfortunately our family crisis has become an enormous time-sink, and once the lawyers got involved . . .
Still, I find writing - especially the Spellmonger stuff - enormously therapeutic. So I've been working, when I can find the time, on both finishing up Warmage (and no one wants it done more than I) and finishing the second short story. Indeed, I'm hoping to have it done, edited, formatted, and up by the end of this weekend. Note I said "hope" - our crisis is still very fluid, so my time gets unexpectedly hacked quite often.
The title of the short is "The River Mists Of Talry". It features Tyndal, before he arrived on the scene in Warmage, hiding out with Minalan's parents, protecting Alya. It's also the first Spellmonger fiction to be told in third-person, instead of first-person. It should fill in a few more gaps and explore Tyndal's character a bit more.
Oh, and he loses his virginity. Just to keep things interesting.
In addition to the Spellmonger series, I actually had an attack of Space Viking a few weeks back that moved Trask's Odyssey forward a bit. I'm eager to get to work on that one, too, and since I now have a running start on Knights Magi, it's looking like it will probably get done by this summer.
So when will Magelord be out? Not before the end of April . . . but (finger's crossed) likely before the end of May. It's already half-edited, so we're really down to the details at this point. I just want to get it right.
Thanks for holding on, there, folks. I'll try to make it worth it.