I’m beavering away on The
Pelerin’s Eye (working title), a Dying Earthesque novel about a necromancer
in the same world as the Baldemar and Raffalon stories, and the novel A God in Chains. I’m at 60,000 words and about to shift the
story sideways as a new twist emerges. I
just haven’t decided what that shift and twist will be.
Three days ago, I got my Pfizer vaccination. No side effects.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, to support Ed
Willett’s Kickstarter campaign for his Shapers
of Worlds, Volume II anthology.
With four days to go, the campaign is less than $1300 CAD (a
little more than US$1k) from completion.
Since it’s an all-or-nothing venture, if it doesn’t make the target of
$15,000 CAD (about US$12k), it won’t happen.
That means “The Ghost Wrangler,” a 6500-word coda to the
Baldemar saga won’t appear until I can submit it to a magazine (probably
F&SF), sell it, then we all wait until it’s scheduled for publication. Lately, it has taken three months or more for
one of my stories to make it through the Moksha submissions process at
F&SF, and then it’s usually six months or more before it runs.
On the other hand, if Ed’s antho funds, his book will be out
a lot sooner. And backers will not only
get to read “The Ghost Wrangler,” but a lot of other high-quality science fiction
and fantasy from some pretty spiffy authors.
BTW, anyone who pledges CAD$75 (about US$60) not only gets
the antho, and your name in the acknowledgements, but also a cornucopia of
ebooks from some of those same authors, and including all of my Raffalon and
Luff Imbry stories.
This news came in yesterday, just after I’d sent out my
April newsletter: The first story about
Cascor the discriminator, “The Forlorn,” is scheduled for the
September/October issue of The Magazine
of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
Cascor will be remembered by readers of the Raffalon stories
as a freelance detective in a Dying Earth setting. He got involved with Raff’s troubles in a few
stories. In the last of those, “The
Vindicator,” he ended up having to flee the city of Wal after he and Raffalon
pretty much wrecked the civic center.
“The Forlorn” takes up the action not long after the bug-out,
and finds Cascor establishing himself in the city of Gephrire, where the
scholarly wizard Ifgenio and his girl-genius acolyte Ioveana involve him in
some dangerous stuff.
I’ve also been told that the second in the Cascor series,, “The
Mule,” is a sale to F&SF, but the magazine is reworking its standard
contract so nothing is official until that process works out.
“The Glooms” (F&SF,
Nov/December 2020) was supposed to be the final story in the Baldemar
series. But there was this unanswered
question about the retired goddess’s cat.
And then Ed Willett asked me if I wanted to give him a story for his Shapers of Worlds, Volume II anthology.
So I wrote him “The Ghost Wrangler,” a 6500-word coda to the
Baldemar saga. And Ed accepted it.
The antho is predicated on the success of a Kickstarter
campaign. If it doesn’t fund, I’ll
probably sell the story to a magazine.
But that might mean it doesn’t appear for a year or so.
So if you have trouble waiting, and really want to know what
happened to Baldemar and Oldo, the Kickstarter is now two-thirds funded, with
two weeks to go.
Also, anyone who pledges CAD$75 (about US$60) gets a cornucopia
of ebooks, including all of my Raffalon and Luff Imbry stories.