I’ve started working on The Hollowed Land: Brother’s Keeper Book 1.5, which will be ready to go when Journalstone publishes Book One in December. This will be a free newsletter exclusive for at least six months. A new character I’m calling Kip is the focus, but Delaney from Arkadium Rising is also part of the action.
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Excuse me while I think out loud.
After I turn in Arkadium Rising (which I’ll do in the next week or so), I have a few editing clients to take care of. And then it’s on to other writing projects. These are the next projects on my white board, which I hope to finish in the next 12 months:
1. I have about 200 pages in the can for the next novel, and I hope to wrap it up fairly quickly. This story is written in a VERY nonstandard format. I think it has a chance to go viral for me… or it might just collect dust. Who knows? At any rate, I’m enjoying the hell out of writing it.
2. A novella/short novel that bridges Arkadium Rising to the second book in the series. You might want to sign up for my newsletter to learn more about this, since it’s going to be a newsletter exclusive (HINT HINT) for at least six months. You can sign up at this easy link: http://eepurl.com/qFUfP
3. A middle reader/YA adventure novel I’ve outlined with my middle child. This is just going to be crazy fun to write and has series potential.
4. A literary, “quiet” horror novel that has no supernatural elements.
5. Gleaners: Brother’s Keeper Book Two
And… I’m sure more things will come up.
After particularly difficult hill workouts in college, with our legs trashed and our lungs searing, we’d sometimes run a surprise “maintenance mile.” Before this final mile we’d write down our guestimated time to compare to our actual time. More often than not, we’d run quite a bit faster than we thought we would. Running the maintenance mile was more about perceived limits than adding to the workout. After all, what would one more mile add after already running a five mile tempo warm up, five continuous hills on a ski hill, followed by a 3-5 mile farklek?
I hadn’t thought about that aspect of training in a long time, but watching Galen Rupp’s workout after setting the American indoor 2-mile record (8:07) sure brought it back. We can can always do more; we set our own limitations. And for the record, Rupp after race work out was 5 x 1 mile (4:21, 4:20, 4:16, 4:16, 4:01).
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Top Ten Reads of 2013
I read fewer books this year than last (down to 40 from 51), but I wrote a lot more, so I’d say that’s an acceptable tradeoff. I can recommend all of the books on this year’s list without reservation. All of these books are stunning, and a few will stay with me for a long time to come.
I would love to hear about your favorite reads of the year. It makes me feel slightly guilty and certainly glutinous to read through people’s lists while switching over to an open Amazon window. That one-click option is going to bankrupt me, lol.
(in no particular order)
The Gray Zone by John R Little
Miranda by John R Little
The Girl on the Glider by Brian Keene
The Tent by Kealan Patrick Burke
Jianghu by Charles Colyott
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Westlake Soul by Rio Youers
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Whom the Gods Would Destroy by Brian Hodge
The Keep by F. Paul Wilson
If I don’t hear from you sooner, I hope you have a happy holiday season!