Old Dog, New Tricks

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Welcome to 2007! Man, that still sounds weird. If you’re anything like me, you spent the better part of the 80s calculating how old you’d be when the year 2000 rolled around and what life might be like–and now here we are, getting close to a decade past that. Remember all the hysteria over the whole Y2K thing? It seems like a long time ago–and not just because most of those cheesy predictions turned out to be wrong. The world in those days was a whole lot different, or at least our understanding of it. I have two kids now, which also means I worry a lot more about things that never even used to cross my mind.

But, hey–that’s life. It moves pretty fast, and you just have to find ways of keeping up. That’s a tall order for yours truly at the start of 2007. I finally managed to get the new book started, which has been taking up the bulk of my minimal amount of free time. I can’t tell you much about the story, as things tend to change during the heat of composition. I can, however, give you a working title: The Outer Darkness. As I’m lousy with titles, it’s totally subject to change (witness my first book, which went through three different names before an editor at Ace suggested Hammerjack)–but for now, this one is sticking.

My agent has seen the complete story outline and loves it–which is a relief, as she has an amazing eye for what works and isn’t shy about telling me when I’m barking up the wrong tree. It also has the most intense opening sequence I’ve ever devised, so naturally I’m terrified of screwing it up. Still, it’s fun to get back into the groove again.

And as if I didn’t have enough going on, I’m also starting MBA classes this week! I get the impression from my academic advisor that I just might be the oldest student in there–hell, I might even be older than the professors–so this should be rather interesting. Maybe they’ll ask me what economics was like back in the old days. Or maybe I can tell everyone about that white Miami Vice jacket I used to wear to classes during my freshman year at Texas A&M. One can only shudder at the possibilities…

Happy New Year kiddies!

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  1. Sally Shears  March 1, 2015

    So there *is* a new book coming out? Nice! I’ll have to look into it. I’m a picky reader, but if it’s another cyberpunk I’ll certainly be giving it a go!