Yes, it’s true, I have had no life for the past few years. Ok, that’s not completely true. I have a beautiful family and much of my non-day-job time goes to spending time with them. But beyond that, have I done the stuff I love? Have I gone to movies? Have I played tennis? Have I painted all those miniatures I have? Written a computer program for my own enjoyment? Have I seen more than a handful of my friends? No, I haven’t, because I’m a part-time writer.
But what I do have is a completed epic fantasy trilogy. Yes I do. And that’s because tonight I buttoned up the last few things for the final book of the Lays of Anuskaya trilogy, The Flames of Shadam Khoreh. It’s off to my editor now. There will be changes. I’ll still have to read over the line edits and read the ms one last time, a thing I very much look forward to doing. But for now? I’m done.
It’s a wonderful feeling. Can I say that again? It’s a WONDERFUL feeling. I have a very, very strong sense of accomplishment. I was talking with my wife just yesterday about this. I’ve been working on this trilogy in one form or another since 2004. 2004! Eight freaking years ago. That’s when I went to Edinburgh and found the postcards that inspired the entire story. I’ve not been writing for eight years—I was actually working on another trilogy when I went to Edinburgh; I didn’t actually start writing The Winds of Khalakovo until roughly 2008—but either way you look at it, that’s a goodly chunk of my life dedicated to this one, long story.
I actually got a bit verklempt today when I was working up the dedication and acknowledgments. It’s an emotional thing, letting go of the world and the characters in which and with whom you’ve spent so much time. I may indeed come back to this world and fill in the story with a few shorts, but I plan never to return to this world for further novels.
What’s next? Well, I’m going to read a bit. It’s been so hard to find time to read, and what little time I’ve had has been dedicated to the stories Greg Wilson and I have committed to for Speculate. Don’t get me wrong. Reading for Speculate has been great, but there are a ton more books I want to get to. And I certainly will over these next few months.
Writing-wise? Honestly, I don’t want to think about it right now. I have a few irons in the fire, but they’ll keep for a bit. For now I just want to relax a bit and get back to reading some stuff that takes me away to another world. Thankfully, there are a ton of wonderful books out there that will be happy to oblige.