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  • To the Stars: Bundles Raise Nearly $100K for Challenger Center

    Posted By on October 25, 2016

    Several times a year, you see me posting (yes, even haranguing you) about a new book bundle I’m part of—whether it’s thrillers, monsters, adventure SF, epic fantasy, writing tools, political thrillers.  You name your own price and get a big grab bag of books.

    But the really cool thing about the bundles is that a portion of the proceeds goes directly to a selected charity or non-profit. Most of the time, I designate the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education. Founded by June Scobee Rodgers, whose husband was Commander Dick Scobee of the final flight of the Challenger, the Challenger Centers promote interest in science and space, raising a new generation of forward-thinkers and problem solvers for humanity’s future.  I am a Board Member of Challenger, and I fully support their mission.

    So far, my book bundles—you know, the ones I always pester you to buy—have raised nearly $100,000 for Challenger. I think that’s pretty darn impressive.  If you’ve picked up one or more of the bundles, pat yourself on the back.

    And if you’re interested, my Pulse Pounders Thriller bundle is running right now at   Only about a week remaining—get eleven books that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and also help out the Challenger Centers.



    Pulse Pounding Stuff!

    Posted By on October 13, 2016

    The Pulse Pounders Thriller Bundle

    Tick. Tick. Tick.

    Do you feel your pulse pounding? Time is running out.

    Sometimes it feels as if life is like a nuclear reactor overheating, a race car with a stuck pedal, accelerating out of control. Your “To Read” stack grows higher and higher, while your reading time decreases each week. Too many responsibilities. Too many distractions. Too little quiet time.

    Tick. Tick.

    Who has time to spend hours in an afternoon slowly sinking in to the languidly paced prose of an author who feels he has all the time in the world to engage your interest? For a reader who has all the time in the world and nothing better to do?

    Tick. Tick.

    In a fast-paced world, you want a story that grabs you from the beginning, stomps on the accelerator, and hits sixty miles an hour in two paragraphs or less. You want a ride in a super-sonic jet, not a casual Sunday bicycle ride around the park.

    Tick. Tick. You need a lot of thrillers. Now.


    The books I have selected for the Pulse Pounders Thriller Bundle for StoryBundle really cut to the chase. This is a death-defying rollercoaster, not a kiddy storybook ride. I selected these books from across the spectrum with the criteria that they be EXCITING and PULSE POUNDING.

    As a perfect sampler, I edited the Pulse Pounders anthology for WMG, packed with short stories that put me on the edge of my seat. I’m also including VIRTUAL DESTRUCTION, a high-tech thriller I wrote with Doug Beason about a murder inside a top secret nuclear design lab…exactly like the one where we both met. Jonathan Maberry’s V-WARS launches a shared-world epic where an epidemic has unleashed monsters on the world, and humanity’s survival is at stake.

    Also included are two edgy serial-killer thrillers, EMPTY ROOMS by Jeff Mariott and THE FLY GUY by Colum Sanson-Regan. You want demon possessed rock bands back from the dead? There’s BANSHEES by Mike Baron. Science fiction thriller? FORCED CONVERSION by Donald J. Bingle. Urban fantasy demon hunters? Falchion-Award nominee POCKETS OF DARKNESS by Jean Rabe. Frightening revenge? GATES OF HELL by J. F. Penn. Matt Buchman’s TWO CHEF and Dean Wesley Smith’s AN EASY SHOT even make cooking and golfing terrifying!

    Eleven books for a bargain price, but it only runs for three weeks and this bundle will go away. Don’t miss it. You get great books to read, a portion goes to charity, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat.

    Do you feel your heart racing yet? Time is running out. You’ve got stories to read.

    Tick. Tick. Tick.

    The initial titles in the Thriller Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

    • Banshees by Mike Baron
    • Virtual Destruction by Kevin J. Anderson and Doug Beason
    • Empty Rooms by Jeffrey J. Mariotte
    • Pockets of Darkness by Jean Rabe
    • The Fly Guy by Colum Sanson-Regan

    If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus six more:

    • Two Chef! by M. L. Buchman
    • Gates of Hell by J.F. Penn
    • Pulse Pounders by Fiction River
    • Forced Conversion by Donald J. Bingle
    • An Easy Shot by Dean Wesley Smith
    • V-WARS by Jonathan Maberry

    This bundle is available only for a limited time via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

    It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

    Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

    • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
    • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
    • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
    • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to the Challenger Center for Space Education!
    • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books!

    StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for and

    For more information, visit our website at, tweet us at @storybundle and like us on Facebook.


    Truly Epic!

    Posted By on September 3, 2016

    For the third year in a row, I have curated a batch of truly epic fantasy books for—eleven books that will take readers to the edges of the map of their imagination.

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    For traditional epic fantasy readers, we have A HERO BORN by Michael A. Stackpole, ECHOES OF A SHATTERED AGE by Ramon Terrell, THE FEATHER AND THE MOON WELL by new author Shean Pao (the first “Farland Discovery” specially chosen and mentored by New York Times bestselling fantasy author David Farland), HEART READERS by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FORESTS OF HELL by Brandon Sanderson, as well as a host of imaginative stories in the Fiction River anthology UNNATURAL WORLDS.

    Playing a little with history, we also have LINCOLN’S WIZARD by Tracy Hickman and Dan Willis, a magical take on the Civil War, SPAWN OF LOKI by Jason Henderson, a fantasy follow-on to Shakespeare’s MacBeth, and a skewed reimagining of Red Riding Hood in A TALE OF RED RIDING: RISE OF THE ALPHA HUNTRESS by Neo Edmund. I even included to impressive epic and exotic historical novels, SISTER OF THE LIONHEART by Hilary Benford, the amazing tale of Joanna, sister of Richard the Lionheart, as well as A GOD AGAINST THE GODS, an epic story of turmoil in ancient Egypt, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Allen Drury.

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    At, you can pay a minimum of $5 and receive the base group of five titles, or for as little as $15, you receive all eleven books in your preferred eBook format, delivered immediately. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education. The Truly Epic Fantasy bundle runs for a limited time, ending on September 22. Fill up your reading device with all the worlds you can imagine, help indie authors, and also benefit a great charity.


    A Galaxy Full of Adventure SF

    Posted By on June 23, 2016

    Science Fiction is the literature that always set my imagination on fire, sparking my sense of wonder, taking me on adventures into the future, off to the most distant parts of the universe, to alien cultures, and the frontiers of the human mind.

    I’m curating a new Adventure SF bundle for that contains fourteen great books guaranteed to set your imagination on fire, and it launches today, June 22—for only a little more than a dollar a book.

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    If you like grand space opera, we’ve got DARKSHIP THIEVES by Sarah A. Hoyt, TIMEWEB by Brian Herbert, FIRE WITH FIRE by Charles A. Gannon, THE WORKER PRINCE by Bryan Thomas Schmidt, and even TALES OF DUNE, the previously uncollected Dune short stories written by Brian Herbert and me.

    For hard SF, there’s LAUNCH PAD, an anthology of science fiction stories edited by Jody Lynn Nye and Mike Brotherton. In traditional fast-paced science fiction, the bundle has HER BROTHER’S KEEPER by Mike Kupari, MORNING SONG by Dean Wesley Smith, and BURIED DEEP by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

    In post-apocalyptic adventure, Aaron Michael Ritchey’s DANDELION IRON fits the bill. For gritty cyberpunk, Todd J. McCaffrey has CITY OF ANGELS. Alan Dean Foster has the undersea epic OSHENERTH. And THE CAULDRON by Jean Rabe and Gene deWeese offers mind-bending, thought-provoking future speculation.

    I’m also very pleased to include 2113, a new anthology edited by me and John McFetridge—a collection of stories inspired by legendary rock band Rush (and it includes my sequel to the classic epic “2112”).

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    With, you name your own price for this grab bag of Adventure SF books. For as little as $8 you get the basic bundle of seven titles, and for as little as $16 you get them all. A portion of the money goes to charity—the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education—and, other than a small admin percentage, the rest of the earnings is directly divided among the titles.

    For this Adventure SF bundle, I’m adding an exclusive sneak preview for all customers—a first-hand look at the first few chapters of NAVIGATORS OF DUNE (due out September 13), the grand finale of the Great Schools of Dune trilogy, as well as the first few chapters of ETERNITY’S MIND, the climax of my Saga of Shadows trilogy.

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    This is available for a limited time only, running for three weeks. The bundle ends on July 12. Shoot for the stars!


    A Clockwork Climb for RUSH Fans—Mt. Evans

    Posted By on May 26, 2016

    UPDATE: Due to overwhelming response, our climbing group is at capacity. If you want to be placed on a waiting list, please email reed (at) via (dot) com.

    In August 2010, on a day between two Rush concerts at Red Rocks Theater near Denver, Neil Peart and I climbed a mountain—Mount Evans, 14,265 ft, and on that climb we plotted the story and characters of CLOCKWORK ANGELS (a hike described in detail in Neil’s afterword to the novel).  Now, some Rush fans want to re-create that climb this summer, and I have agreed to lead them.


    Mount Evans is a fairly easy climb, as such things go—non-technical, and with a good trail all the way to the top. But no 14,000-ft peak is “easy” and even though the hike is short, only 2.5 miles from the trailhead at Summit Lake to the top of the mountain, it does gain almost 1900 ft of elevation. And the air is thin, so I won’t kid you. You need to be in fairly good shape.

    It will be a tremendous experience, and some of the most breathtaking beauty you’ve ever seen.

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    On Mount Evans, the road goes all the way to the top, so we’ll arrange vehicles to pick us up at the summit (thus, you only have to climb one way). For those who don’t want to make the climb at all but want to participate in the group at the top for a fine photo, we can arrange to drive you to the top, without exertion.

    We plan to climb on Saturday August27. The Mount Evans Road is in the quaint western mining town of Idaho Springs, just outside of Denver. We’ll stay in one of several inexpensive motels in Idaho Springs the night before, climb on the Saturday, and even relax in the Idaho Springs mineral hot springs afterward. You are responsible for your own travel expenses to get there, and we’ll collect an additional $50 per person to cover other expenses.

    ***NOTE: the date has been changed to August 27 to avoid the post-Labor Day road closure.

    If you are interested, please contact Chris Reed at reed (at) vika (dot) com.  We hope to get ten people for the group.



    A Grab Bag of Sci-Fi Specials from WordFire Press

    Posted By on April 6, 2016

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    WordFire Press just teamed up with Humble Bundle for an exciting “Sci-Fi Specials” bundle of our titles, a full sampler of 18 of our books, and you pay what you want. Unlike other bundles I’ve run, fully half of the titles here are not available to the general public at the launch of the bundle, and the other half have never appeared in bundles before. You can get ALL of the titles for as little as $15—worth $106 if you bought them separately.

    KJA fans will find a new reissue, Artifact, a high-tech thriller featuring the Daredevil’s Club, which I cowrote with F. Paul Wilson, Matthew J. Costello, and Janet Berliner. There’s Virtual Destruction, my first Craig Kreident thriller with Doug Beason, about a murder in a high-security government nuclear design lab; and there’s my first novel, Resurrection, Inc., a SF novel inspired by the Rush album Grace Under Pressure.

    You’ll also find four previously unpublished novels by Dune author Frank Herbert, a new fantasy adventure by Alan Dean Foster, a fantasy sequel to MacBeth by Jason Henderson, a steampunk adventure City of Saints by D.J. Butler, epic fantasies by Ramon Terrell, Neo Edmund, and Shean Pao, post-apocalyptic dystopia by Aaron Michael Ritchey, science fiction time travel by Andrew Mayne, Gothic mystery by Peter J. Wacks and J.R. Boyett, noir SF by Quincy J. Allen, a sexy thriller featuring vampire detective Felix Gomez by Mario Acevedo, urban fantasies by J.A. Pitts and Josh Vogt, as well as a new science fiction anthology edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt featuring a never-before-collected “Ender’s Game” story by Orson Scott Card.

    The Sci-Fi Specials Humble Bundle runs for only two weeks—ends April 20—and a portion of the money raised goes to two non-profits I’ve selected, the Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education and the Emergency Medical Fund for the Science Fiction Writers of America. Please help us out, and you’ll get a lot of great books to read!



    Sample booklet from 2113: Stories Inspired by Rush

    Posted By on February 18, 2016

    In April, ECW Press will release the epic anthology 2113: Stories Inspired by Rush. It’s available for Preorder Now, from online booksellers as well as your favorite bookstore, so you can be sure to be the first kid on your block with a copy. 18 epic stories—science fiction, fantasy, thriller, dystopia, adventure—inspired by the music of Rush. Edited by me and John McFetridge, and it includes 16 original works, as well as reprints of “A Nice Morning Drive” by Richard S. Foster (Neil Peart’s original inspiration for “Red Barchetta”) and “Gonna Roll the Bones” by Fritz Leiber (original inspiration for the album “Roll the Bones”).


    To build excitement for the highly anticipated release—you know, like a high-energy warmup band!—ECW has produced a limited sample booklet that contains the complete gritty short story “Random Access Memory” by my co-editor John McFetridge, inspired by the song “Lakeside Park.”

    I will be signing and handing out free copies of the booklet at my convention appearances throughout the year, beginning with Pensacon in Pensacola, Florida this weekend. If you would like a FREE copy of the booklet, signed by me, just pay for the postage and envelope. You can order a copy direct from me at

    And please please please pre-order your copy of the book—I would love to see the Rush fans rally and preorder 2113 copies of 2113.



    SUPERSTARS 2016 Panel Schedule

    Posted By on January 14, 2016


    It’s always a challenge to juggle the subjects and the speakers. So many things to cover in three days of nuts-and-bolts industry and career information! This looks like our best Superstars Writing Seminar yet.

    If you haven’t signed up, you still have a couple of weeks.  Go to the Superstars website.


    8:00    Welcome and Opening Remarks
    8:30    The Popcorn Theory of Success—Kevin J. Anderson
    9:30    The Economics of Publishing—Eric Flint
    10:30  Making Money in Hollywood—David Farland, Jim Butcher, James Artimus Owen


    1          How to Build an Intellectual Property—KJA, Jim Butcher, Bill Fawcett (M)
    Collaboration—Jody Lynn Nye (M), Todd McCaffrey, Eric Flint, Rebecca Moesta
                Breakout room: Pitch practice (Lisa Mangum)

    2          Writing Jacket Copy and Synopses—Chris Mandeville (M), Lisa Mangum, Bill Fawcett
    Hands-on Workshop: Preparing Your Indie Book for eBook and Print—Quincy Allen
    Breakout room: Indie book critiques (KJA),

    3          The Young Adult Market—Lisa Mangum (M), Rebecca Moesta, James Artimus Owen
                Taxes, LLCs, and Other Fun Stuff — Jace Sanders, MBA, CFP(r)
    Breakout room: Career Consult (Bill F), story opening critique (BTS)

    4:00    Jim Butcher Imparts Wisdom (and Maybe a Little Misinformation)—Jim Butcher

    4:45    Open Q&A—James Owen, Eric Flint, Mark LeFebvre, Lisa Mangum, David Farland, Jody Lynn Nye


    8:30    A Day in the Life of an Editor at a Traditional Publisher—Anne Sowards
    9:30    EBooks and Indie Publishing—Mark Leslie Lefebvre
    10:30  Traditional, Indie, or Hybrid Author?—KJA, Jody Lynn Nye, James Owen, Dave Farland, Mark Lefebvre, Cat Rambo


    1          Working with Publishers and How They Are Structured—Bill Fawcett
                Dissecting a Contract—Eric Flint
                Breakout room: Indie book critiques (KJA and Rebecca Moesta), Pitch practice (Anne Sowards)

    2          What Are Editors After?—Anne Sowards, Bill Fawcett (M), Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Lisa Mangum
    Hands-on Workshop: Preparing Your Indie Book for Print & CreateSpace—Quincy Allen            Breakout room: Novel opening critiques (Eric),

    3          Analyzing and Finding Your Audience—David Farland
                Dirty Secrets of a Writing Career—Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta
                Breakout room: Pitch practice (Lisa Mangum), story opening critique (BTS)

    4:00    Drawing out the Dragons—James Owen

    4:45    Open Q&A—Jim Butcher, Anne Sowards, Rebecca Moesta, Todd McCaffrey, KJA, Bill Fawcett


    8:30    Bookstores, bookselling, and distribution—Mark Lefebvre, Anne Sowards, Lisa Mangum, Bill Fawcett
    9:30    Self Promotion and Tribe Building—Jim Butcher, KJA, James Owen, Jody Lynn Nye
    10:30  Agents: A Representative Panel—Bill Fawcett, David Farland, Eric Flint, Anne Sowards


    1          Myths of Publishing—Rebecca Moesta
                Hands-on Workshop: Scrivener basics—M. J. Carlson
    Breakout room: Career consult (Bill F), Ebook Formatting (Quincy)

    2          How to Increase Your Writing Productivity—Kevin J. Anderson
                Hands-on Workshop: Uploading your eBook on Kobo and Smashwords—Mark Lefebvre, Adric Mayall, Aaron Fernandez
    Breakout room: Novel opening critiques (Eric),

    3          Throwing Your Book at the Wall: Book Signings, Book Launches, Blog Tours, Book Tours—KJA, Jim Butcher, Lisa Mangum, James Owen, David Farland
    What an Editor Can Do for You—Josh Vogt (M), Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Joshua Essoe, Cat Rambo
    Breakout room: Ebook Formatting (Quincy)

    4:00    Finding the Balance: Being a Writer in the Real World—All

    4:45    Open Q&A—all



    New Instructor for Superstars 2016: Bill Fawcett

    Posted By on January 4, 2016


    We’re pleased to announce another new A-List instructor for Superstars Writing Seminar—well-known editor, agent, packager, and game designer Bill Fawcett.

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    After writing for the early issues of Dragon Magazine in the 1970s Bill became one of the founders of and lead designer at Mayfair Games, a board and role play gaming company. He has continued his game design work creating a number of PC games and apps. Bill Fawcett & Associates has packaged over 350 books science fiction, fantasy, military, non-fiction, and licensed novels and series for major publishers. A packager for over 30 years, he has worked with numerous new authors who are now NY Times bestsellers and helped launched writing careers. Bill has worked with agents, on both game and media licensing and is senior staff on one of the nation’s largest conventions.

    As an author Bill has written or co-authored over a dozen books plus close to one hundred articles and short stories. The Fleet anthologies that he created with David Drake in the 80s was the first military science fiction shared world series. Bill has collaborated on several mystery novels including with Chelsea Quinn Yarbro including the Authorized Mycroft Holmes novels and the Madame Vernet Investigates mystery novels. As an anthologist Bill has edited or co-edited around 40 anthologies. Bill was the editor of Hunters and Shooters and The Teams, two oral histories of the SEALs in Vietnam.

    Among the non-fiction books Bill has written is Oval Office Oddities, thousands of odd facts, quotes, and just plain strangeness about the US Presidents, First Ladies, and White House. His other solo collections include The 100 Mistakes that Changed History and Trust Me and 100 Leadership Mistakes that Changed History. His historical “Mistakes” series of often amused look at how the mistakes in history changed our lives include It Seemed Like a good Idea, It Looked Good On Paper (Engineering disasters) and You Did What. His military mistakes series include How To Lose A Battle, How To Lose a War, How To Lose WWII, How To Lose a War at Sea, and How To Lose the American Civil War.

    Bill joins other guest instructors Jim Butcher, Anne Sowards (Penguin Random House), Mark Lefebvre (Kobo), Jody Lynn Nye, Todd J. McCaffrey, and faculty Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland, Eric Flint, Rebecca Moesta, and James Artimus Owen.

    Superstars 2016 is our sixth annual writing seminar, a three-day intensive seminar about the business of writing and publishing, as well as nuts-and-bolts career building. Only two more days before early-bird pricing ends. We hope you’ll join us February 4-6 in Colorado Springs.


    The ETERNITY’S MIND Editing Marathon

    Posted By on December 14, 2015

    It’s the last draft, my final read-through and edit of ETERNITY’S MIND, the 700-page manuscript I’ve been working on all year. The grand finale of the Saga of Shadows trilogy, tenth novel overall in my Saga of Seven Suns universe. And it’s complicated, 34 different point-of-view characters and storylines.

    I needed a place to concentrate so I could fit the whole story in my head, with minimal interruptions.

    It was time to head off to Estes Park, Colorado, again, one of my favorite writing retreats, with a cabin on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, kitchenette, refrigerator, bed, fireplace, bathtub. Add my iPod and my laptop, and it was the perfect environment. The weather was supposed to be bad, but that was good—I was just going to stay inside anyway.

    Four days and nights to get as much of the manuscript edited as possible. This would be my seventh time reading the book.

    I left a chunk of the manuscript at home, so Rebecca could start her detailed line and copy-edit, and I promised to send her 100-page sections as I finished them.

    I arrived on Thursday afternoon, unpacked, set up shop. I got groceries, bought a rotisserie chicken and a bag of salad so I wouldn’t have to cook dinner, and got to work. I finished about 50 pages before I called it a night at 1 AM and went to bed, but I was just getting warmed up.

    Next morning it was gray, cold, snowy…perfect editing weather. I wouldn’t be the least bit interested in going out for a hike. I sat on the futon with my lap desk, then I moved to the table where I could use the bluetooth keyboard, then back to the futon for another chapter or two, then in the afternoon I took a break and went to sit in Starbucks for an hour or two to edit in a different environment, then back to the cabin to keep going.

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    If I focus, I can edit about ten pages an hour. After making myself breakfast and getting to the second cup of coffee, I started at 9 AM, then tried to get ten pages done by 10 AM. If I made it, I could treat myself with a break to look at Facebook or check email; if I didn’t make it, I had to plow through and hope to make up for time and have twenty pages done by 11 AM. Then thirty pages done by noon.

    I heated up a can of soup and had some leftover salad, then got back to work, hoping to catch up with the ten pages an hour. Naturally, the inevitable “emergency” phone call or two or crisis email derailed the schedule. I made some Italian sausages in marinara sauce in the crockpot, so it would be ready whenever I needed to break for dinner. Sure, it would have been nice to go out to a restaurant to dinner, but that would have taken too much time and disrupted the routine.

    I did manage to reach my goal of 100 pages edited, by about 10 PM, and called to check in with Rebecca. After which, I “treated” myself by spending an hour and a half answering business emails, keeping up with social media, and posting a blog. I ran a bath, but my brain and eyeballs were just too wrung out to relax by reading, so I put in headphones and listened to an audiobook, then got to bed by 1 AM.

    Up the next morning by 7:30 AM, clouds and snow again—editing weather—shower, breakfast, coffee, then back to the editing by 9, ten pages an hour, canned soup for lunch and leftover chicken for dinner, and again finished my goal of 100 pages by 10 PM, more email, another bath and audiobook, to bed by 1 AM.

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    For four days in a row. Today it was beautifully, cruelly sunny, but I stayed inside and edited anyway. It’s still a pretty cool office.

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    Tomorrow I will leave to head home, and the novel *should* be finished and delivered by the end of the week. As of right now, I have done up to page 410 (out of 734), and I hope to get another 50 finished before I check out at noon. An exhausting but satisfying retreat.

    And the last time I did this, when I got home a neighbor commented, “I hope you had a really nice vacation.”

    ETERNITY’S MIND will be out next September from Tor Books. You can preorder your copy now.