Good morning, folks.
So as you know, I’ve been setting up a games company, the full announcement for which will be coming out next week. It’s been a real haul so far, and we’re only getting started – though, it must be said, friends in the industry have commented that we’re very far ahead for a dev team that’s only been operating for as short a time as we have. Legal arrangements, getting people on board, all that mess. I’m the boss – and the first thing the boss learns to embrace in this business is unremitting exhaustion. I’m so tired most days right now that I think I might see through the veil of reality into other dimensions, which really isn’t any different than when I’m on a tear working on my latest novel only there are a lot more people involved. Sometimes, I catch myself wondering if I have died, and this shell is merely animated by willpower and consciousness alone, no biological processes save for those that I have fooled myself into believing still exist.
And let me tell you, I love it.
I love the work, I love the story, I love my team. I love everything about what we’re doing right now, and I even love the exhaustion. I especially love the exhaustion. Being this tired and still getting things done, especially within the constraints of the dayjob schedule, just tells me that we aren’t even close to meeting our collective potential…and that is thrilling. If I ever get a full night’s sleep again, let it be on launch night. Then we start again.
I live, I dev, I live again. Shiny and chrome.
So today is a News Day, apparently. I wanted to let you fans of the Wonderland Cycle know that 2016 is the year where all your freakin’ dreams come true. There will be not one, but TWO Wonderland books released next year – Gathering Ashes (vol. 3) will be out in January, while The Disfigured City (vol. 4) will wrap up the year with a December release. So you can start and end the year in a shower of blood and neon and alien cyborg horror! Hurray! As we approach publication date, I will probably bug the shit out of you all with interviews and other information – including promo stuff, worldbuilding details, little things for you guys, and a subscriber program that will pile on extras for you hardest fans – but I anticipate that you will enjoy it.
More information coming as Gathering Ashes wraps its final editing pass and goes off to the publisher.
It’s been seven weeks or so since I’ve posted last, and this is the reason.
Our son was born on July 9 – which pretty much means I’ve ceased to exist (save for regular tumblr image posts or Facebook post) for the last seven weeks. Sorry about that, those of you who read this instead of following me there. He is a giant child. I expect that he will tower over all things and destroy the city. Basically what I’m saying is that I anticipate that when he starts walking, every day will be an episode of Shingeki no Kyojin. Or would that be Shingeki no Babby? I dunno.
I don’t really anticipate talking about the boy on the blog, mostly because I’ve seen that go badly for a lot of people – I’ll talk about him from time to time, especially if he does hilarious things, but I don’t intend to make this the Rory Shean Show. Also because you’re not here to read about babies, you’re here to read about books and whatever. Unless I’m wrong, and you can tell me all about that.
Seriously, though. Fatherhood is fucking awesome.