What I’m Doing This Quarter

Exile_ThumbnailSo, June 30th. We’re about to slide into the second half of the year, which I’m kinda looking forward too, ’cause Exile is currently scheduled to come out towards the end of July. More details on that in a couple of weeks, once there’s details to talk about, but I’m looking forward to it.

Better yet, tomorrow I’m scheduled to turn over Frost to the folks at Apocalypse Ink. It’s a strange kind of thing, hitting deadlines in the US. There’s a seventeen-hour time difference Brisbane and the parts of the USA where I’m mailing the file, which means the first of July becomes a really, really long day if it needs to be.

In a strange, unsettling departure for this series of novellas, I don’t actually need it to be a long day. Frost is more-or-less ready to go, so all I have to do is give it a final read through and attach it to the email. Two books down. One to go. Fortunately for my sanity, I’ll be taking a break from the Flotsam series for a couple of months. Book Three in the series, Crusade, isn’t due until November, so I’m afforded a little time to in another couple of genres.

On my list of things to tackle over the next three months?

HOT FOR TEACHER. You know how I’ve been threatening to try and write a romance for a while now? Well, it seems that the time has come. July I’ll be knuckling down with a bunch of notes, the collected works of Van Halen, and all the best advice I’ve received from two years membership in the Romance Writers of Australia to put together a short romance novella. Even money says this will be a spectacular failure, but I’m looking forward to it.

GLITTER. For years, the next book featuring Miriam Aster was going to be titled Claw and feature…well, a bunch of plot elements that have gradually been pillaged for other projects. On the other hand, I sketched out the beginnings of a short-story in May that started to look a lot like an Aster story. Problem is, it’s one of those ideas that looks…bookish. As in, not quite novella length. More short-novel length. Woo.

CRUSADE. ‘Cause it needs to be done. Occult killer trying to stop the end of the world from starting on the Gold Coast.

That’s me for the foreseeable future. How ’bout you guys? What have you got planned between now and September?

  6 comments for “What I’m Doing This Quarter

  1. jason nahrung
    01/07/2014 at 6:13 PM

    If the end of the world started at Surfers Paradise, would anyone really notice?? Good to see you keeping busy — are any of those the one we saw to our consternation at World Fantasy?

    • petermball
      02/07/2014 at 9:11 AM

      Yep. The World Fantasy novella is the one that comes out in July.

      • jason nahrung
        04/07/2014 at 3:34 PM

        cool — there's a milestone in that!

        • petermball
          04/07/2014 at 3:49 PM

          I was going to let it pass quietly and focus on getting the next book done 🙂

  2. JohnScottish
    02/07/2014 at 4:26 AM

    Did you ever finish the Die Hard Analysis? It was brilliant. I was promised a third entry and I can't find it. This makes me sad.

    • petermball
      02/07/2014 at 9:53 AM

      It's not live yet, but it's in the queue towards the end of July.

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