It's hard to believe how time flies! Although I don't talk about it much, I do have a day job, and I have to admit, I didn't realize how much time had elapsed since my last update.
It's Memorial Day Weekend here in the states, though, so I have no excuse not to update. Well, I do have excuses, actually: a bunch of old MMA fights that need watching, a cheesecake that needs finishing, 2 cats who need more attention (they never get enough), and a Witcher 3 saved game which is almost--but not quite--finished. I'll try to put those aside for now.
Mostly, I haven't updated because I've been working on a new software project during the day, and I've been trying to stay away from social media so that I can focus what energy I do have into writing. It's been a busy few months.
My wife is also working on getting her first novel ready for publication, and that's been an exciting sideline in its own right. The first draft of The Snowfang Bride has over a million reads on Wattpad, and it's been amazing (and daunting) trying to help her get the final version ready. Merry played a huge role in helping me get The Aeschylus out the door, so it's nice to be able to reciprocate. Having a spouse that writes is nice in so many ways. It's also hard sometimes; we're brutally honest with each other. We're also each others' best helpers and first critics. I wouldn't have it any other way, I don't think she would either.
As for me, I think it's safe to talk--at least in general terms--about my next projects, and when to expect them.
Since the The Aeschylus came out 18 months ago, I've been promising a new novella called The Maker's Box. That book was acquired by a publisher last year, and for a long while, I thought everything was set. Then that publisher was acquired by a third party company, and through a long series of events, the rights for the work ended up getting reverted to me. Shortly after this, another publisher expressed interest, but asked if I could write a companion novella or two to go with it.
Since then, I've been hard at work on 2 more tales of short novel-ish length, cramming every spare moment I can over my keyboard. Have I mentioned I'm slow?
Things are going well, though, and I'm really excited to talk about all 3 stories. They each revolve around different characters in different parts of the country. A young girl receives a mysterious box from her father in Dunham's Reach, New York. A psychopath and a sociopath fall in lust in east Texas. A San Francisco photographer becomes obsessed with one of his beautiful young subjects, who never seems to age, no matter how many years pass.
But while the settings vary, the same themes resonate in each. Lust. Obsession. Madness. All the things you'd expect from a David Barclay story. I'm more excited than I've ever been about these particular tales, and even more excited about the publisher.
So, time to get back to work. Hope to see you soon.