Eric Flint Newsletter – 28 DECEMBER 2014

Well, I got through the holidays intact. This is always a bit of a dicey proposition because I do most of the cooking over the holidays and while I’m a rather good cook I am not one who is serene and philosophical and maintains his equanimity throughout the process. To the contrary. On those days when the cooking gets concentrated, my kitchen is filled for hours with expletives deleted.

Well, actually, not deleted. I daresay I am directly responsible for expanding the vocabulary of my grand-children, something my daughter is not entirely pleased with.

But, all’s well that ends well. Everyone got fed and seemed to enjoy the meals, and I made it through another holiday season without suffering a stroke or a heart attack and with no more than a modicum of flesh wounds—and those, quickly healed.

So, back to work, which is far more relaxing. I almost never curse in front of computer. Well. Okay. Except when it screws up, which is fairly often. I have told my tech guru Rick Boatright many times that electrons just hate me, for no discernible reason. For years, Rick dismissed that theory as patent nonsense, but I think that lately he’s been reconsidering. He tells me that things go wrong with my computers that he’s never seen happen to anyone else.

(I knew it! I knew it! The little bastards have it in for me!)

Mike Resnick and I are closing in on finishing “The Gods of Sagittarius.” We’d hoped to have it done by the end of the year, but between the disruption of the (miserable damned) holidays and various other problems, it’s taking longer than we’d projected.

(If you’re wondering—ask any publisher or editor—this is not an abnormal state of affairs with authors. For whatever neurological reason, the mental talent involved in being a good scribbler seems to be genetically linked with a tendency to be wildly over-optimistic about work schedules.)

I’ve also done quite a bit of work over the past few weeks with my co-author Jerry Ackerman on our urban fantasy/police procedural, Iron Angels. That novel is shaping up very nicely, I think. Jerry has now started work on the third draft.

Finally, in other news of the day, our cat used the presence of an unusual number of feet passing by over the holidays to work on her ambushing skills. She’s getting quite good at it. I’m beginning to pity any mice who seek shelter from the cold in our house this winter. Usually I have to set out traps in January. But this year… maybe not. We’ll see.

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10 Responses to Eric Flint Newsletter – 28 DECEMBER 2014

  1. Roger Lee says:

    Good to see your doing well. Have enjoyed your writing and editing for a looong time, since “Mother of Demons”. Continue the good work and hope you keep doing well. Roger

  2. stewart stone says:

    Eric —
    You never have to curse at a computer, they generally have their own cursor to curse you back :-)

    — Stewart

  3. Fred in Boise says:

    Love the Grantville Books. When is the Empire going to attack Europe?

  4. Mary in Chicago says:

    Totally get the computer gremlin thing. So far I have killed 4 Kindles (several for no known or understandable reason, one the screen turned into a fractal, etc etc) and when I had a test team working for me they hated it when I wanted to test because I could break ANYTHING!

  5. Jim in Orlando says:

    I can’t get enough of the 1632 books. Have loved Mike Stearns character and hope he soon returns as the key figure he has been. The development and growth of Eddie Cantrell is fascinating and I hope we see more “New World” action. Also hope we can return the Pope to the Vatican and see Russia develop. I wish you and your co- authors could write as fast as I can read.

  6. Mark L says:

    When does the snippetting start for 1636: The Cardinal Virtues?

  7. Tweeky says:

    I’d like to know when the third “Pyramid Schemes” book is going to be published.

  8. harry says:

    Call me……

  9. ron thteadgill says:

    When will you revisit Bernie in Moscow

  10. Gorg Huff says:

    I can help with that one. The Volga Rules has been turned in. It’s scheduled for January 2016 by Amazon but there may be conflicts with other 1632 books.


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