How the Writing Is Going: January 19, 2023

With the finalization of the back-cover blurb, the cover for Riders on the Storm (yay! the real title, finally) is finished and ready to go. Paul doesn’t want to do a cover reveal or anything yet, but it shouldn’t be too far away.

Cover art for The Dark Plaza has been reworked a bit, and editing the manuscript goes well. I’m now more than a third of the way through what ought to be the final edit of this novel. (I had to hold off for a while, because Paul wanted to make sure nothing in Plaza contradicted anything in the prequel novels.)

Plaza also has to be published before Riders on the Storm, even though these books are in different series (Plaza is the final book of The Awakening, and Riders is the second book of The Endless Realms), because there’s a small bit of crossover. (There was a small bit of crossover in Project Brimstone, too, and if you want to get technical, there was crossover the other direction in The Fallen. I strongly suspect no one pays attention when I say these stories are all connected, because otherwise there’d be a lot more people reading the “extra” books: the ones that aren’t about the Tebrey brothers.)

Paul has already written the first scene for Wheel in the Sky, which will be the third Hand of Providence novel (sequel to I Won’t Cry for Yesterday and Instruments of Faith), even though it’s gonna be a long while before it’s time to bring that book out. To the best of my knowledge, he has not written anything for the third Endless Realms novel. (As we have not yet published the second one, this seems reasonable.)

Work on the “prequel series” (someday he’s gonna have to let me use the working title, at least) has paused while we get these other books ready for publication, but he’s on book four now, having big fun writing something without ‘all that gods-and-monsters stuff,’ as someone else once said of their own fiction. (Yes, I did remove the battery from my irony meter before typing that.) I mean, one of the major characters in this series is a university student. In Cincinnati. It’s even a version of Cincinnati that the reader would recognize as very similar to the Cincinnati in their own universe. How weirdly not-weird is that? 🙂



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have eight cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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3 Responses to How the Writing Is Going: January 19, 2023

  1. What? No cat updates? Bah…

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    • Okay, cat updates…

      Soot Sprite is staying overnight with the veterinarian for observation after having her Responsible House Cat Surgery (a.k.a. spaying). She’s so tiny for her age, the anesthesia hit her harder than it would a normal-sized cat.

      Also, there was discussion today about how to get Logan to exercise. We got a cat wheel specifically in the hopes that he’d use it and lose some of that gut. But no, he wants nothing to do with it. Grace suggested getting a harness leash (it would probably have to be one made for a dog) and “take him for walkies.” I’m sure it would be quite a workout for Grace, too, getting a thirty-pound cat to move when he doesn’t want to.

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