There's a sense of listlessness at the ending of a series, Gentle Reader. I've felt it for years as a voracious reader, now I feel it as an author for the first time. It's a little like breaking up with a partner you still love plus loosing friends through time and distance plus ending a long vacation away. Which would make it, I suppose, somewhat like the end of college. Or possibly the way penguins feel after migrating. (Do penguins migrate? I'm digging myself into a very deep analogy hole. Anyway . . .)
Having finished the Parasol Protectorate series I am left with the certain knowledge that I will never have the experience of writing it again. But, like the penguins, I know that there are new adventures in my future. Right now, for example, I am sitting on four little eggs. One, the manga version of Soulless, has begun to hatch already. It's sibling, the manga of Changeless has begun its long birth process. The two others, my young adult Finishing School series and the Parasol Protectorate Abroad series come out next year, and are already troubling me in the wee hours of the night. I don't have much time to morn my lost loves, there's too much to do.
And of course, the beauty of writing in the same fantasy world, with immortal characters, is that old friends can drop in at anytime. I'm just hopping that, unlike after college, none of them end up sleeping on my couch for months. I'm looking at you, Lord Akeldama.
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Love the pink dress, reminded me a little of the one I wore to the tea yesterday.
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
Fan art from Teslacon.
PROJECT ROUND UP
Deportment & Deceit ~ The Finishing School Book the Second: Working rough draft.
Derailed by Book Tour.
Etiquette & Espionage ~ The Finishing School Book the First: Release date Feb 2013. In production. Have seen initial cover mock-up and it is stunning!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 1: Printed volume avaible in some bookstore now! (Have seen cover sketch for Soulless Vol. 2 (AKA Changeless) and it is beyond fabulous!)
Timeless ~ Parasol Protectorate Book the Last, official release March 1. Some stores have already shipped.
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Release date fall 2013. She's started waking me up in the middle of the night with ideas.
The Steampunk Scholar goes to town, top hat firmly in place, on the subject of steampunk and how books may or may not be classified using Heartless as his jumping off point. A hugely insightful academic peek into the current debates over aesthetic vs. genre.
Quote of the Day:
"Willy-nilly (adj.): Impotent."
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