Wooo! Party time! Thank you, everyone!
We’re back from the tour. Yay! We had a blast at DragonCon and met a bunch of cool people who read our books.
The tour isn’t as exciting as it sounds. It’s awesome to meet readers – that’s our favorite part – but the tour itself is a bit tiring. Get up at 6:00 am, get dressed, get picked up at the hotel, get to the airport, check the bags in, go through security, maybe eat some airport food before the flight, fly, grab the bags, find the driver, get to the hotel, check in, fall flat on face for an hour, if there is time try to eat lunch (mostly there isn’t time), get dressed, get picked up for signing, sign and talk until 10:00 pm, get to the hotel (the restaurant is closed by then), wash up, pass out, do this again in the morning.
Tour is work. Contractually obligated work. Which was why we were all very surprised when some of you proposed that we should take time away from our busy schedule to actually do some work, so you can have Innkeeper. And when Brandi corrected this, some of you decided to take her to task.
It is not your job to take anybody to task here. I’ve tried explaining, I’ve tried being patient, and my patience done ran out. You complain, I ban. We have reached the level of zero tolerance.
Onto the FAQ. We have received many emails, questions, complaints, thanks and it’s been a blast. Some of you loved the book. Some of you didn’t. Some of you wanted more people/less people/different people killed. Some of you mourned the end of the series, some of you declared us hacks. A lot of you wanted a longer book.
Dudes. It was over 100K. Like 110K, I think. We had reached our upper contractual limit and then some. 🙂
But it is so fun to see so many of you really care about the series. Thanks, guys.
I looked through FAQ and most of the questions can be summarized as “What happened to X?” and “Will there be more?”
The plan was to follow this book with a Christopher and Barabas free novella, exploring the aftermath. The injuries, Jim’s moral dilemma, etc. The stuff that didn’t make it in due to length, a kind of extended epilogue. We wrote a very draining final book that was epic in scope and it was almost universally loved. That is amazing. There are some people who didn’t care for it, which is to be expected with the last book, but most of the readers adored it. We are so glad and we know you are eager for extras.
Unfortunately, we are both exhausted. We are really, really, really tired.
So continuation plans are on hold for now. Because of this a lot of FAQ questions can’t be answered. We could, but it would be a spoiler.
Here are some brief answers. Yu Fong survived. He was slated to appear in Julie’s trilogy, which is currently on hold.
Ascanio wasn’t in the novel because there was nothing for him to do in there. We could have him walk onto the page and say, “Hi, I am Ascanio” and stand around a bit, but then you would be complaining that he had nothing to do. And you would be right.
Curran didn’t hunt divine animals randomly. He went after divine animals who were causing an issue by eating people and would be destroyed anyway. Remember, all those were Guild jobs.
Kate is still in-Shinar. She doesn’t have the land or the huge reserve of magical power it provided.
Roland is not stuck by himself. Hugh, Kate, Julie and Conlan will visit him frequently. Roland can’t leave the realm because he absorbed the anchor. Look at it this way: Neig was the captain of the ship. He could leave it whenever he wanted. Roland is the ship. He will never walk on dry land again.
Kate and Curran are no longer part of the Pack. Their decision to leave had consequences. Doolittle’s, Dali’s etc first priority is the Pack, not people who walked away and abandoned it (from their point of view) no matter how deep personal friendships are. The Pack is life and law.
I hope that clears things up. The rest will have to wait until we have recovered.
On the personal front, the floor we had put in in December before we moved was put in badly and has to be redone. Ack. There is no point in going after the guy who did shoddy work – it would be pointless as he would simply declare bankruptcy and move on. It sucks but we are chucking it under live and learn. It’s been ground down and there is powder and concrete dust everywhere. I am trying to be zen about it. Zen and vacuum.
Also, once we picked up Sookie the bulldog from boarding, we discovered a limp. She started panting in pain and we rushed her to the vet. She has an infection in her elbow. There is no marks or cuts on her leg, so we are mystified as to how this happened.
As bad as it is, our HOA reported that a neighbor ran over a 4 foot rattler not too far from our house, so I am relieved it’s not a snake bite.
Hopefully the list news will come in tonight and if so, we will share.
The counter is at zero. It arrived. 🙂
We are off to Dallas in a few minutes, leaving the blog and social media in Brandi’s capable hands. For those of you who can’t come and see us, there will be an FAQ thread.
First, Michelle would like you to know that “there are 6 copies of Magic Triumphs at Waterstones Piccadilly in London – if we sell out over the weekend, they’ll let me order in more copies!”
Den of Geeks made a cool intro to Kate Daniels feature, available here.
If you are attending Dragoncon, the best way to keep up with it is to download the app to your mobile device here: http://app.core-apps.com/dragoncon18. Someone asked if our books will be available for signing there, yes, they will be.
We are still hoping to get the innkeeper to you today, but we are also trying to get through all of our errands. This week was… eventful. Artha the Granddog had a cancer scare and was diagnosed with future hip dysplasia. Kid 1 moved yesterday and is now trying to navigate the box jungle in the new place. I still haven’t picked up dry cleaning for the trip. Argh.
I have two requests. Flying isn’t my super-favorite and I deal with it by listening to audiobooks and knitting. As long as I am knitting and have an audio book, I am cool as a cucumber.
So, I need a knitting project suitable for travel. Something that doesn’t require too many color changes, not too awfully charty, and is not blanket-large. You know, varied enough just to keep your interest.
I also need some audiobooks. My go-to is Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series. I have no idea why listening to spaceships blow up steadies me, but it does. Sadly, I just can’t get into the sequels past the original series. The Martian also works for me. Something about the measured pace of it reassures me. So if you are a fan of both and can recommend something in the same vein, it would be much appreciated.