What’s Coming Up This Week

This is a quick update on what’s in the pipeline.  I spent the weekend at ConDFW, so look for a report on the convention.

Wood Beyond the World Front HiResI need to write the next post on the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series for Black Gate.  That will probably be the first thing I do, since I’ve finished the book (The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris).  I just need to carve out the time to write the thing.  John O’Neill will probably publish it within a day or two of my turning it in.

I’m about two-thirds of the way through Steve Rasnic Tem’s new novel, Blood Kin.  This a good, creepy southern gothic.  If it holds up all the way to the end, it will be a solid novel.  At this point I’m not expecting it to go off the rails.  Tem knows what he’s doing.

I’m trying to squeeze Space Cadet in since I need to get this month’s Heinlein post up at Futures Past and Present.  That one may not happen until the first of next month.

And finally, I’ve switched from weekly to biweekly at Amazing Stories.  I’m not quite a third of the way through the book I’m reviewing next, but that review isn’t due until the weekend.

Finding time to read isn’t the challenge right now.  It’s finding time to sit down and write when I’m not so tired I can’t put two words together.  I can get reading done while I’m waiting on my son to finish whatever activity he’s involved in during the evenings.  My wife is still recovering from rotator cuff surgery, which take her a few months to get strength back.  Picking up the slack is what is throwing me off my schedule since anything that involves lifting is verboten.

Last week I posted almost every day, but the trade off on that was not getting much reading done and going without sleep.  This week is going to be slower paced.  Those are the things I’m working on at the moment.

2 thoughts on “What’s Coming Up This Week

  1. David J. West

    Life is chaos and I’m ashamed that I’m in the midst of probably 6 books and I want to read them all right now and they are all suffering. So I’m hearing how it all goes down. That’s one reason I could never commit to a blogging schedule and admire people like you who can. Great job on all of these reviews and columns, you are appreciated.

    1. Keith West Post author

      Thanks, David. Much appreciated. It’s only in the last six months or so that I’ve started reading multiple books at once, and I don’t particularly like it. Some of it is because I now have a Kindle app on my phone but not an actual Kindle. So some books get read irregularly in pieces when I have a few minutes. Others have to be set aside because life has thrown me off my intended schedule and I have commitments and deadlines with some of the other books. The problem with that is what is supposed to be fun starts to feel like work.


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