It wasn’t the first time I’d nearly died.
It was the fourth, actually. Hardly surprising when you consider my long military career and how it ended, and the health condition I’ve lived with since that career ended with a bang and a whimper.What made this near-death experience different was me blogging it. Click To Tweet
Which I did at the rate of about one brief post per month. They’re still there if you want to read them, from some time last summer to some time this spring.
Each time I wrote one, I was aware that it might be the last message you ever read from me.
I wasn’t being morbid. I was fighting like hell to stay alive, but several times it seemed likely to be a losing battle. So every time I posted a single paragraph update, I imbued it with my love for you, my friends and readers.
Hey, gimme a break. I was dying. A bit of sentimentality was allowed.
Anyway. I didn’t. Die.
And this survival was just like the previous three, in that I found myself suddenly filled with larger-than-life. This time it manifested in an explosion of writing that’s still going on even now, near the other end of the summer.
It’s good writing. The best I’ve ever done.
Here’s what I have going on in 2015:
Finished and submitting to agents
THE HONESTY OF TIGERS
The story of a Cornishman, a traditional boatbuilder, who lives his life three times over in pursuit of his great love.
Writing now or queued to write
THE ORPHAN AGE
YA multiverse fantasy
42k written (of an estimated 100k)
Diversity: main and important secondary characters with different ethnic origins, some LGBT, and the heroine is chronically ill with borderline-severe ME.
3 chapters written
Alien invasion back in 1985. Present day MCs are members of a secret resistance organisation dedicated to taking our world back.
Space western SF series
Firefly meets Wagon Train
Book 1 planned and ready to write.
THE ARCHIMEDES SPIRAL
Time shifting SF adventure. You know INCEPTION? Clever like that.
2 fast chapters written to establish its tone.
Backlist books for development
BEAUTIES & BASTARDS
Two modern day princesses of demon mafia families caught up in a crime war. Two unlikely anti-heroes: a fallen angel bounty hunter and a family operative.
BEAUTY AND THE BASTARD (novella rights revert from publisher to me in September) could be merged with QUIET FIRE (novella plot planned & first chapters written) and developed into a novel.
YA futuristic steampunk
Book 1 (FLIGHT OF THIEVES) published as ebook by Hartwood and to be released in print this year
Books 2 & 3 skeleton-planned
Diversity: inter-racial and same sex partnerships, disabled MCs
Not bad, eh, for someone who last summer told both his publishers the sad news that he was too ill to continue writing?
Well I’m calling it a win. 🙂