April 2018: Making Books
Solitaire, the first book in the Stonebrook and the Judge series, is done. All the files are uploaded. It comes out on April 24th, though you should be able to find it in bookstores any day now. The Garden of Blue Roses, next Underland Press book, comes out on April 17th. This is written by Michael Barsa, and it’s a fabulous psychological thriller, steeped with all sorts of Gothic overtones. I’m just the publisher and the guy behind the curtain on the rest of it. It’s the most commercial book Underland Press has done to date. You should check it out.
I’m working on the final edit for Silence of Angels before I wander off to spend a week working on Longspur.
Reading: I’m working my way through Richard White’s The Republic for Which It Stands, a history of the US from the end of the Civil War to the end of the 19th century. It happens to be the time period for Stonebrook and the Judge, but it’s also a period of US history which is glossed over quite often, which is to our detriment, frankly. A lot of where we are today, politically and socially, stems from this time period.
Watching: Season 4 of Bosch is out on Prime. This one tackles Angels Flight, along with hints of Nine Dragons. Still a solid police procedural, and I’m happy to keep showing up and watching.
Ready Player One was an interesting effects-fest, but it kept nearly nothing from the book. I’m not terribly surprised, given that the licensing costs alone would have been outrageous, and a lot of the more geeky bits would not have translated all that well to screen. As a result, it made the film a lot less interesting. Still, I think there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes tech that got moved forward in the making of this film.
Listening: Lots of Curve. “Hey Siri, shuffle Curve” is a favorite thing to say on a lazy weekend morning.
Playing: We’ve been getting our boardgame on around here. Terraforming Mars is a clear favorite, though we’re enjoying Shipwrights of the Rune Sea and a variety of Munchkin variants.