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Update: June 2023

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Things have been all over the place for the past year. I've been very busy; a lot is going on. Allow this post to serve as a general template for what's up in the air right now.

 

First, The Zimmer Insurgency audiobook is coming. It's a little late. The editing process yielded a few problems to deal with. As of now, I'm thinking maybe August/September. I'm very excited for it, and can't wait to get it out. I'm very close to depleting my stock of author's copies of the paperback for Zimmer, so the release of the audiobook will coincide with what's going to be the third edition of the paperback (and the ebook will be updated). There are a few (perhaps more than a few) typos throughout. I first published it before I'd partnered with my editor. Also there's two minor plot threads that kind of fray (if not unravel entirely), which I'm going to merge into one coherent thing. These changes have already been incorporated into the audiobook version.

 

On the audio front, I do have a full audiobook out now. It's called One Night in Ikh Khulan, and is available on all major audiobook platforms, including my website store. 4.5 hours in length, it is one of the collected novellas of my book The Moon Panther: And 3 Other Stories of The Mongolian Book of the Sky. This was recorded years ago, but the audio was very rough, and I've only just recently done a thorough edit on it. My plan had been to soft-release this as a sort of trial run for the audio distributor I'm using. Everything appears to have gone well. The only thing of note is that if you (like me) are an Audible customer, it may take 30-45 days to be listed on their site. So if you don't see it there yet, be patient. It is currently available on Spotify, Rakuten Kobo, and many more.

 

The Ballad of Tumelun Tombs is coming. Soon(ish). It needs at least one more draft. It is a murder mystery - my first - and I'm very keen on ensuring the mystery works; I don't want it to be too obvious, or too opaque. Realistically, I'm thinking 2024. It will be worth the wait.

The Rise and Fall of Chaz Oregano is coming to paperback. Initially I'd planned on anthologizing this novella into a forthcoming collection, similar to the four novellas of The Moon Panther. But I currently have no works on the go nor plans to build out more of this hypothetical anthology. Clocking in at around 155 pages, the paperback will be a thin volume, but a fast-paced read. I'm doing an edit now, and having proper cover art made. I'm hoping for a release late 2023/early 2024. The ebook is currently available on my website store for only 50¢. Feel free to pick it up; it's not expensive. There is one scene I'm going to eliminate and replace with something new, and it will need an edit, but I'll keep this version available until the next draft is finalized.

 

I have more free stuff coming. I'm working on a number of things for the site. I have a new short story available now called Pablito, and I will be releasing the entire Pranksters Guide to Time Travel series soon. Moreover, the audio version of The Funeral of Andy Buttons is coming soon. Stay tuned.

 

A while back I briefly advertised a "novellette" I was working on tentatively titled The Terminal Flight of the Vexatious Vulpes, a steampunk sky pirate alt-history story. It's still something tenuous on the drawing board, but I do have about 8,000 words written on it, and I like where it's going. My current thoughts are it will probably be novella-length, perhaps around 40,000 words, and I'll release it as a short novel. I don't want to dedicate a whole page to it just yet, with a synopsis and temporary cover art, because it is still rather tenuous and could vanish into a trash bin. But to satisfy curiosity, it follows the exploits of notorious sky pirate Holland Kane, trying to pilfer a dirigible filled to the brim with Mexican silver, in an alternate history 1880s American southwest; a timeline in which the Confederates won the Civil War, the Taiping won the Rebellion, Paraguay defeated the Triple Alliance, and Russia trounced the western powers in Crimea. Writing at this stage tends to go in fits and starts, so progress may be slow.

 

What about Viva La Winter? In autumn of last year, I traveled to Yellowknife, NWT, to research this novel. Some 23,000 words are written, across scattered chapters. Only a short first chapter has been released. The book is still happening, but progress is likewise slow. Right now it's on hold as I work on various other projects.

 

The big push at the moment is The Zimmer Insurgency audiobook. My plan initially had been to move onto Rain's Agenda immediately afterwards and do that audiobook as well. I'll probably take a brief hiatus once Zimmer is done, to tidy up a few other things, but Rain is still coming to audio. No definitive timeline, but hopefully next year.

 

Follow me on social media for up-to-date news on all of this. Cheers!

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