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Quick Update

I've been absent. My internet service provider is trying to give me an ulcer. My email has been done via an ancient dial-up, and I'm behind, oh, about a week, which in LJ terms is almost forever.

They're replacing wires and other junk now, and at the moment, we're up. So I'm sneaking in to tell you all that I'm working on the round-up of the post-contract stuff now, and I hope to post it here in the next little while <crossing fingers>.

In other news: HOUSE WAR will be 2 books (everyone who reads me, try to look surprised), and the second Luna novel is being fun. Fun is good.

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janni
Oct. 13th, 2004 11:41 am (UTC)
In other news: HOUSE WAR will be 2 books (everyone who reads me, try to look surprised

Feigns shock.

Fortunately I'm online, where I'm better at keeping a straight face and being convincing.

Are you sure it's only two? (ducking)

(I actually did have a short story surprise me and want to be a novel, for the first time in my life, just a few weeks ago. A 100-page novel, but still--it's interesting, this business of discovering the scope of what you're writing is larger than you thought.)
domynoe
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:31 pm (UTC)
Aren't you lucky! EVERY short story I write wants to be a novel, or so my critters tell me. They aren't usually too happy when I tell them I have more than enough novels planned (16 in one world setting, 3 in another, and a possible series of at least 3 or 4 in yet another) so what's I've written for the short is it.

Apparently I still have to get that whole "definite ending" thing down for short stories. :P

I was wondering where you were at, Michelle. I missed you! Btw, finally picked up your first novel (and, bad me, the name is escaping me for some reason - probably because I'm working on Quest for Ehlarayn right now) and i plan to read it soon, but I also just got birthday books from a friend and started reading the Weetzie Bat omnibus. Anyway, welcome back. I'll keep my fingers crossed your connection stabilizes again. ;)
janni
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
My problem used to be that none of my stories wanted to be novels--three to five thousand words used to be my favorite length, and I still like writing at same.

But not all stories fit into that length comfortably, any more than all fit a novel comfortably.
andpuff
Oct. 13th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
Are you sure it's only two?

Interestingly enough, this was pretty much exactly my response. *g*
msagara
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC)
Are you sure it's only two?

Interestingly enough, this was pretty much exactly my response. *g*


It's the HOUSE WAR. It's not the End of Days. How could it be longer than two? Yes, this was an entirely rhetorical question. No, don't feel obliged to answer it <g>.
kchew
Oct. 13th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Ouch...ouch...
janni
Oct. 14th, 2004 09:17 am (UTC)
No, don't feel obliged to answer it

Obligated, no. But what if we want to? (ducking)

After all, just following every character in Jewel's den is good for at least four books. And maybe even a fifth book back in the south just for Adam and Celleriant. A sort of epilogue book. (ducking faster)
msagara
Oct. 14th, 2004 01:01 pm (UTC)
Obligated, no. But what if we want to? (ducking)

After all, just following every character in Jewel's den is good for at least four books. And maybe even a fifth book back in the south just for Adam and Celleriant. A sort of epilogue book. (ducking faster)


This is why I have friends <wry g>. I mean, in case I run out of moving targets (and I know where kchew lives).

WFC, btw?
janni
Oct. 14th, 2004 01:14 pm (UTC)
This is why I have friends . I mean, in case I run out of moving targets

Hey, some of us are still waiting to find out about Stephen and Cynthia's child. :-)

WFC definitely--am looking forward to it! Shall we rely on the vagaries of the con to meet up, or plan a time ahead? I'll be there by Thursday evening...
msagara
Oct. 14th, 2004 01:21 pm (UTC)
Given how the vaguaries of Worldcon turned out, I'm all in favour of planning (and this is unusual for me <wry g>). I'll be arriving at some terrible hour in the morning on Thursday -- I think 9:30 or something -- because it was the only flight that didn't arrive at some late hour in the evening, and leaving on Sunday in an attempt to catch Halloween at home.
trektone
Oct. 13th, 2004 12:36 pm (UTC)
So will the first book be called HOUSE and the second WAR? Or HOUSE WAR and SECOND STORY?
msagara
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:45 pm (UTC)
So will the first book be called HOUSE and the second WAR? Or HOUSE WAR and SECOND STORY?

And we come to the crux of the matter <g>. I actually have no idea what either one will be called; I called The Sun Sword "The Southern War" for the longest time. Because it was about the Southern War. Yes, I know you weren't going to ask <g>.
drenilop
Oct. 13th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
HOORAY!!!

--a joyful reader, who is (only a little) disappointed that the series will ONLY be 2 books :-P

And yes, fun in writing is good. It seems much less like work when you're enjoying the doing of it, no?
msagara
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
--a joyful reader, who is (only a little) disappointed that the series will ONLY be 2 books :-P

Keeping in mind how Very Good I am at figuring how long anything will be...
sqrrlsrant
Oct. 13th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
two...wait, no make that three.... :) I'm currently rereading Sun Sword and getting antsier and antsier (is that even a word??) for House War and Black Gauntlet. If I could just find Hunter's Oath it would give me an additional book to read while I wait. /fangirl squee
sartorias
Oct. 13th, 2004 03:41 pm (UTC)
"...will be two books."

Sorry, I did have to snicker. (It happened to me last summer.)

Long writers, untie!

msagara
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
Long writers, untie!

Oh believe me, we have <wry g>. When are you going to be arriving in Tempe, btw?
sartorias
Oct. 14th, 2004 04:59 am (UTC)
I';m hopin' to pull out right about now (five a.m.) that Thursday, and it looks on the map like about a six or seven hour drive.
janni
Oct. 14th, 2004 01:16 pm (UTC)
I';m hopin' to pull out right about now (five a.m.) that Thursday, and it looks on the map like about a six or seven hour drive.

You will be there, too--yaaay!
sartorias
Oct. 14th, 2004 03:31 pm (UTC)
Barring some horrible disaster, I sure plan to!
andpuff
Oct. 13th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
Fun is very good.

When's the first Luna book coming out?
msagara
Oct. 13th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
When's the first Luna book coming out?

To the best of my knowledge, either September 2005 or October 2005. There's a bit of schedule juggling at the moment; I'm not sure if it's because Luna is going to two books a month sometime in 2005 (I believe the tentative date is June 2005, but quoting me will probably only make me look stupid). I think I should know sometime by the end of this week, though. If it comes out in September, it's coming out at the same time as the first of the Sundered reprints.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 14th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
Two books?
Open Story arcs (currently)
Adam & raising of Cities of Man: Series unto itself
Kallandras & Celleriant
Myrddion's rings: we only know where three even are (Currently eight books long)
Kiriel: Debatably part of Jewel's den
Jewel walking the Oracle's path
Avandar: Redeemed or not
Steven's son and huntbrother
Meralonne & Caralonne
The House War (Obviously)

That's all I remember off the top of my head. I'm sure I'm forgetting two or three. A lot of these intertwine pretty significantly. I'll believe it's done when I see it on the shelf.

Not that I'm compaining, mind. The story is just that big.

(Waits to get hit by tomatoes. No use ducking when you're asking for it anyway.) >g<

Celledhor
msagara
Oct. 14th, 2004 01:06 pm (UTC)
Two books?
Open Story arcs (currently)
Adam & raising of Cities of Man: Series unto itself
Kallandras & Celleriant
Myrddion's rings: we only know where three even are (Currently eight books long)
Kiriel: Debatably part of Jewel's den
Jewel walking the Oracle's path
Avandar: Redeemed or not
Steven's son and huntbrother
Meralonne & Caralonne
The House War (Obviously)


Of this very long list, HOUSE WAR will address, well, the House War. The outcome of the House War will, in large part, decide in which direction Jewel moves throughout the rest of the books -- and no, actually, I'm not certain yet, which is also in part why I'm writing it. I can easily see her going in one of two directions, but usually when I start writing, other avenues open up just to cause trouble <wry g>.

So when I say HOUSE WAR is two books, what I really mean is ... the House War is two books. Or, to be even more exact, there are two books so far in this sequence, the first of which involves the building of the den (which means it takes place largely in the past), and the second of which involves the building of the House, so to speak.

And with my sterling record, I'm certain that I can resolve the war for the House in a single volume. Yes, sir. That's me. Oh, and keep all the rest of the plot threads entirely self-contained. Ummm.

Gah.

BLACK GAUNTLET, which is the start of the End of Days sequence, and is going to be <mumble mumble> books, will address, or begin the long road to addressing, almost all of the rest. I have about 500 pages of HOUSE WAR and about 250 pages of BLACK GAUNTLET in hand.
celledhor
Oct. 15th, 2004 10:11 am (UTC)
Just added you to Friends list. I hadn't created the account when I left the prior comment. Just thought I'd say "Hi".
vsherbie
Oct. 15th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
Oooo thanks for the info. Now maybe Celledhor will stop with the "what ifs" and just wait for House War.
Glad you didn't take his comments as critisism. He's my hubby here in real life, and is a huge fan of yours. We were in B&N for maybe 30 minutes last weekend and he managed to sell 2 coppies of Broken Crown.
msagara
Oct. 15th, 2004 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oooo thanks for the info. Now maybe Celledhor will stop with the "what ifs" and just wait for House War.

celledhor, are you on the yahoo list? There's a lot of speculation there (and I'm far, far behind on it <wry g>).

Glad you didn't take his comments as critisism. He's my hubby here in real life, and is a huge fan of yours. We were in B&N for maybe 30 minutes last weekend and he managed to sell 2 copies of Broken Crown.

Those of us who are writing long, multi-volume sagas try hard not to take as criticism comments from people who are obviously avidly reading them <g>. There are a lot of things that were started in DEATH that have a clear end well after SUN SWORD; I knew about Kiriel, then, for instance. And I'm aware that I'll probably fail to tie up everything, or at least everything everyone is curious about, by the time things come to a close -- there are always questions that surprise me.

None of those, though, are on that list.
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