The world didn’t end on December 21, 2012. Darned Mayans, now I have all this writing work to do.
So what do I have in store for the coming year? Oh, tons. At least six new books, including two new ones from the regular Clans of Kalquor series. Alien Refuge is well under way, and I’m starting to think long and hard about Book 8, Alien Caged.
Also coming will be two new Clan Beginnings stories: Clan Gelan’s book, Clan and Conviction, plus the as yet unnamed story of Clan Rajhir. Then we also have Sister Katherine’s tale and the first installment of the To Protect and Service trilogy, Ravenous Virtue.
Shalia’s Diary is also increasing in frequency. I start posting entries on Mondays and Thursdays beginning next week.
Also up this year will be a re-edited Alien Embrace. What I had initially intended as a kind of ‘clean up’ of the first Clans of Kalquor book – fixing some typos that got through the first time, adding a little here and cutting a little there – has turned into a big re-write. The basic story remains the same, so don’t think you have to run out and buy the second edition when it comes out. Not at all. There is no new alternate ending or anything like that. If classic Alien Embrace suited you fine, don’t worry about new Alien Embrace.
What happened to make me tackle a major rewrite of Alien Embrace is that I’ve grown as a writer since its release. Plus I feel it needs work because when I wrote it, I did not intend it to turn into a series. The most I saw happening was a sequel. However, the Clans of Kalquor just keeps growing with no end in sight, and it feels to me like the first book of the series doesn’t quite match up to later ones. Kalquor has evolved, with more knowledge of how clans operate and the Empire’s history. I have to reflect that in an updated version.
A few other things jumped out at me as I set about the quick editing job I’d planned. We have an inkling of Breft’s past, but where were the background stories on Rajhir and Flencik? Why did Flencik sometimes not act like the gentle Imdiko I knew he was? Rajhir seemed almost mindlessly duty-bound to Kalquor. Didn’t he ever experience the least little doubt or conscience when it came to abducting Amelia? The more I read, the more things I wanted to cut completely out or elaborate on. I’m not even halfway through in the process, and there are already 5,000 more words added to the story. That’s right, it’s gotten bigger even though I have pulled entire sections out. Don’t bother asking when the re-edited version will be available. That is up in the air right now because this has turned into such a big job.
Those are the plans for 2013 at this time. As we all know, life happens so this is subject to change. It could be fewer books make it out than I hope. It could be more are written. We’ll just have to wait and see.