Irregular Writing and Reading Update #1

You may have seen that I’m no longer a regular co-host on the To Be Read Podcast. I had a great time being one of the three for more than a year, but the demands of my new job and how it’s rearranged family life around here squeezed out time for the podcast. The entertaining John L. Monk has taken over for me, and is doing a great job. And I’ll still visit from time to time, but more likely in the slower summer.

Part of why I stopped is that I wanted to make sure I maintain time for new writing despite the busy schedule. I’ve done that, and I’m more than halfway through the first draft of Book IV of Arts Reborn.

For those of you newer to Arts Reborn, you might be wondering where Book III (and the 2.5 novella) went? The life update above answers it in a roundabout way.

The novella (which takes place between books II and III) is very close to finished editing. When I have a little more time, I should do one final pass and get things finalized for publishing. I feel bad for anyone who has been waiting a long time, so if you’d like a sneak peek, send me a message here, on Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and I’ll find a way to get you an advance e-book copy.

Similarly, book III is complete but still needs more editing. For the time being I’ve prioritized continuing forward on book IV over getting those two published. But if you’re waiting on book III as well, the same offer stands as for the novella.

So what have I been reading before bed, and sometimes on my commute?

I finished The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, possibly Haruki Murakami’s most acclaimed book. I liked it a lot, with that Japanese magical realism he does so well. I probably liked 1Q84 even more, but it’s still very good.

Speaking of returning to favorite authors, I got to read an ARC copy of Greenstar Season 3 by Simon Canton and Dave Higgins. This one was a LOT of fun. Their brand of comedic sci-fi (blended with a bit of fantasy and more this season) really works for me.

If you haven’t checked out the earlier seasons, definitely go enjoy them first, and in fact, they have the first few episodes set up as a free sampler! Try it out, risk free!

On recommendation from one of our former guests on TBR, I started reading the much acclaimed Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian. Yes, the one that was made into a Russell Crowe movie. Very detailed and ornate descriptions of the period in this intro to an epic (13+ books?) historical series that is considered by many to be the best nautical historical series ever. I’m liking it so far.

What have you been reading? And if you’d like it to be my next novella and/or book III, let me know!

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