Things have been a little quiet on my end of things, sorry! Figured I’d best give you all some sort of progress update on what’s been going on here on my end of things.
So: Big question first: How far away is my next book, that epidemiological standalone I keep talking about?
Well… unfortunately, it’s a ways off. That’s partially due to me adjusting to a whole new lifestyle ⏤ traveling as a digital nomad is challenging in a lot of new ways for me. I’ve gotten sick a few times as my immune system adjusts, I’ve lost my debit card and had to have one mailed out to me, I threw out my back (it’s basically healed now, at least)…it’s been a crazy few months. Plus, all the adjustments to new cultures and locations ⏤ I’m traveling pretty slow, but it’s still pretty intense. It’s been really good, too, of course ⏤ more on that in another post soon.
The other big thing delaying The Wrack (pretty sure I’ve announced the title already, but if not, it’s called The Wrack! Definitely my favorite title for any of my books so far!) is the epidemiology. I’m very, very far from being any sort of stranger to epidemiology ⏤ it’s been a fascination of mine for years, and I’m a firm subscriber to the disease theory of history. (Essentially, the idea that disease has affected human history far more strongly than war or any other human activity.)
This is my first time trying to write a book centered around a plague, though. I had a pretty firmly laid out lifecycle and symptomology for my contagion, and had a good idea how it would interact with the civilizations in The Wrack, and how the plot would wrap around those pillars.
Turns out, not so much. I made some fundamental errors in planning out the disease that broke the story. They weren’t especially big problems on their own, but in the world of epidemiology, truly tiny changes in how an infectious disease spreads, how long its incubation period is, how lethal it is, etc, will produce massive differences when it reaches epidemic or even pandemic scale. Without spoiling anything, well…I either had to completely rework the plot of the Wrack, or redesign the disease.
I chose to do both, because of course I did.
I’m also doing a massive amount of epidemiological reading as well ⏤ partially for research and tone setting, partially, well, because I really like reading that sort of thing.
So when is The Wrack going to be out? Well, instead of in December like I’d been hoping, it’ll most likely be out in January at the earliest, but probably February.
And, not to worry, there shouldn’t be (knock on wood) any comparable major issues for Mage Errant Book 4. It’s by far the book in the series I’ve had most heavily plotted out in my head since close to the beginning. It’s going to go fast, and it’s going to be a blast. (Ironically, it’s the only remaining book I haven’t settled on a title for.)