Ugh. It’s been almost 4 weeks since my last post. I don’t understand how that’s possible. Well, okay, that’s not true. I do understand how it’s possible: I’ve been writing in a white-hot blaze for about the past 6 weeks.
But I hate it when I let the blog lie fallow for so long. Sometimes it’s just inevitable, though. Especially when I’m working like mad. And I have, lately — working like a possessed thing. And I’m pretty damn pleased… even if it means that certain important things, like news and website updates, have fallen by the wayside.
2011 wasn’t a terrible year for writing new material, but it also wasn’t a great year. As I’ve mentioned plenty of times already, it was a bit of a rollercoaster. At this time last year I was deeply concerned about the future of my written-but-unpublished novels. But by late March things had taken a dramatic turn for the better, and they’ve been going better than I’d ever hoped since then.
I think 2012 is going to be even better. I already have a backlog of news, but I’m superstitious and reticent about saying anything until I know every ‘i’ is dotted and every ‘t’ crossed. And meanwhile, I turned the corner on a new project recently, and found myself writing faster and with more enthusiasm than I’ve done in years. I’m having fun with writing again, working on things that feel more like play than work in ways the Milkweed books never really did. I doubt I’ll ever find it easy to write a novel, but gosh, what do you know? It can be fun.
So the writing is going well and the news is piling up. And as if that wasn’t enough to make me happy, The Coldest War is on a ballistic trajectory for its hardcover and ebook debut on July 17, 2012. There are Advanced Review Copies! I have several! And I have several copies of the finished cover—the whole thing, not just the cover art. And holy moley does it look snazzy. I’m delighted with it.
I’m much more excited about attending conventions this year. It was getting a little old, trying to promote a book that wasn’t going to see the light of day for quite a while. But now that’s all in the past, and there’s so much to look foward to in coming months. I’m pretty jazzed, if you can’t tell.
Who knows? 2012 might even be the year I finally join the 20th century and take a serious stab at this newfangled social networking thing. (No guarantees, though. Just witness how crappy I am when it comes to keeping my own blog up to date.)