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The best laid plans of mice and men

May 18, 2011
Posted at 11:21 pm

Okay. It's been a while, and for that I apologize. I get a lot of mail asking "Where are you?!" and I appreciate that people think about me.

If you have kept up with this none-too-frequently-updated blog, you know that after posting story number 200, I took some time off to work on longer books, and that a lot of that time got hijacked to prepare and publish books at Amazon's Kindle Store. Then somebody said that Kobo in Canada used a format that would work on more readers, and that I should publish there too. That's in the works, but is taking even more time, because everything has to be converted to a whole new format.

But I was working on something long and complicated with another author, who shall remain nameless because I don't want people bugging her. She's got a lot on her plate too.

So in between Amazon (which is beginning to pick up, by the way and that's very exciting) and working with she who shall not be named, I'm also working on another long and complicated book about a princess and a highwayman and a one-armed stablemaster. There's an evil courtier who is trying to steal the throne and secret passageways and all manner of stuff.

But then SOL had this contest, and I love a good contest, so I had to take time out of everything else to write a story for that. A number of you may have actually seen that when it got posted as a new story by mistake, and then pulled, since contest stories weren't supposed to be available to the public until all of them were ready. So I had to do some changing to that, so that it was fair to everybody else in the contest. That story will come out with all the other contest entries. I think that's on the 27th of this month. Don't quote me. That's also Peaches Birthday, so maybe that's why that day is stuck in my head.

Anyway, the best laid plans of mice and men rarely work out, and writing is like that. So while I have been working on longer stories, I have nothing much to show for it except complicated outlines and half written books. They'll get done some day and I think they'll be good.

But at the same time, just like some of you miss seeing me post, I miss posting too.

So don't be surprised if I take a break from writing long, complicated books, and post a few short, uncomplicated stories.

And people say I'm so predictable.