Apart from a slight redesign of the site, I haven't been as active with posting on the blog over the past few days. A combination of visiting relatives, excellent weather, and the fact that I'm writing the next novel in the Legend of Alm series has left me without much time for my usual serial posts. I have the Bull Mayday story wrapped up, and I'll bring it here for anyone interested later this week or next.
As for The Vanished Colony, I'm pretty excited about it. I'm finding that I'm enjoying writing science fiction more than fantasy, if only because technology makes things much easier. Having my characters fly around and consult information machines is a lot easier than thousand mile treks and seeking ancient books for knowledge. My science fiction is much less "macguffin" driven, in that quests and objects aren't as important. Slate Ahn and the Books of Knowledge was the first novel-sized project I had ever attempted, and the quest is a good format for a first-time writer, because the stages of the hero journey are so well laid-out. I learned the tropes and the archetypes, and now I get to play with it all. So fun!
Anyways, I hope you are all enjoying your summer. For those of you who live where the temperature regularly exceeds one hundred degrees, I am sorry. Breezy Santa Cruz is really the best place I've ever spent a summer (except for maybe Alaska), and I wish you all such a comfortable season.
There is a free pdf of Slate Ahn and the Books of Knowledge if you follow this link and scroll to the bottom of the page. If you read it, and like it, all I would ask for in exchange is a review on goodreads or amazon. Or that you tell a friend!