Okay, it’s 2013, which blows my mind. As a kid, I distinctly remember thinking about how incredibly old I would be in the year 2000. ย Note: I’m not that old. Kids…

Anyway, I’d like to point out a couple of news blog links to your right. One is a link to Trinity Mountain Homestead, a blog I should have linked long ago. I’ve been in touch with the author long enough to know it’s good stuff. The other is for Preserving Abundance, which is from a new internet acquaintance. I checked it out today, and it’s also chock full of good thought, good information.

Now for the elephant in the room: Decay. Where the heck is it? First let me point out that it actually pains me that it hasn’t been released yet. As I’ve hinted, but haven’t really explained, some significant obstacles dropped into my path last year. I still can’t explain, but if they happened to you, you would understand. Second, I’m painfully aware of the strengths and weaknesses in the Renewal series, and I’ve not only tried to address them in my writing, I’ve worked hard on creating a system that allows me to keep improving over the long haul. I’ve got a long list of check boxes that need to be filled in the Breakdown universe, and an even longer list of other stories to write. I’ve got stuff to say. It seems reasonable to learn how to make the system work in the near term, so that I can work more efficiently in the long term. The good news there is that I think I’ve found an editor who can call me to task on the larger structural issues in my books. That’s something I need. Let’s not forget that I’m still new to all this. I’d rather be realistic about the fact that I’ll be learning to write for the rest of my life than to blunder headlong into a huge pile of idiocy.

In any case, I feel like I’m on track again and rapid progress is being made. I’ll not make any promises about dates until I know more, but I’m quite sure that we won’t be having these kinds of chats for much longer. In the meantime, I appreciate all of your feedback, all the reviews, all of your patience, and all of your support. Thanks for reading!

4 thoughts on “Housekeeping”

  1. Jim: Just finished Renewal 7….Real quick…good writing, some things leave me scratching my head. For example, Terry’s parents having very little to do with anything in the series. All in all though, keeps me going back for more. I enjoy your philosophical meanderings as well. Tumwater? Ever notice the Olympia signs hanging on the wall in the movie “Stand by Me”? Also, everyone is drinking Ranier(!) This movie is supposed to be set in Maine. On the Yakima River myself. Thanks. I’m looking for more after this.

    • Thanks, Dale! I think most of the head-scratchers in Renewal are a reflection of how seat-of-the-pants my writing was at the time. I have a lot more thought, research, and editing controls at work now, which makes the process slower by a couple orders of magnitude. I’m still looking for the balance point.

      However, everyone in Renewal comes from somewhere in my skull. Terry’s parents are, to me, from the ineffective end of my own generation. They may have had relatively successful parents, as I hint with Terry’s grandfather, who allowed them to essentially cruise through life, right up until the Breakdown. When the apocalypse dropped on them, they were able to survive, thanks to the grandparents, but they never quite managed to thrive. Terry grew up with more of his grandfather’s philosophical guidance, and pushed hard to escape his own parents’ limitations.

      Last time I saw “Stand by Me”, I had no idea I would end up in Washington. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for reading, and thank you for your thoughts!

  2. Hi Jim, best of luck with finishing Decay. I’ve really enjoyed the books so far.
    No pressure, just cheering you on ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s interesting with authors such as yourself and Hugh Howey being so transparent about when the next one is coming out …
    Before the www you’d just have to wait and wonder. Now you can hear from the author !
    Perhaps that adds more pressure to you, or perhaps it helps to reach out to your readers. At any rate I appreciate your generosity of spirit.
    All the best,

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