Friday, December 31, 2010

Fare Thee Well, 2010!

With only hours to go before the calendar rolls over, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on 2010 and announce some plans for 2011. The two greatest moments of 2010 must surely be my wedding and the publication of The Lion of Cairo. The former was the culmination of a long-held dream; the latter is a continuation of another dream altogether. My wife, Shannon, remains my staunchest partisan. She's ever on the forefront of promotion, corralling total strangers with the sole purpose of telling them her husband is a writer and they should read my books. Lord only knows how many sales she's accounted for.

One of my resolutions for the coming year is to blog more frequently. To that end, I've got a few things in mind: an ongoing blog-series wherein I read a chapter of Men of Bronze and offer my thoughts, notes, and opinions on the text. Kind of like an annotated version of the book. I'm also thinking of extending it to cover Memnon and eventually The Lion of Cairo. I've got a couple of short stories I might finish and post in installments -- one covering Assad's return to Alamut after the prologue of Lion, and another that would serve as an introduction to Orc: A Tale of the Forsaken. These are both in various stages of completion, however.

My main tasks for 2011 will be finishing Serpent of Hellas and The Damascene Blade, plotting the third book of the Emir of the Knife trilogy, called The Old Man of the Mountain, and getting together what I'm going to need to bring the mythological world of Orc to life.

What, if anything, would you like to see on the blog, Gentle Readers? Let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do . . .

5 comments:

Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

Offering us your thoughts, notes, and opinions on your chapters sounds brilliant.

I'd also be interested in your research process and how you find that balance between keeping the story moving and inserting enough detail about the ancient world.

Happy New Year!

Meghan said...

I like the idea of sharing your story notes, and I would love to read more on Serpent of Hellas!

Alex said...

I'm very interested in any additional details about "The Lion of Cairo", but I realize it might be too early for that. I'm all for Scott's idea of "reading and commenting".

W. said...

I really would like to know how to do prepare the story skeleton plan (if any). I've read some interviews in which writers described this process. Some of them talking about detailed notes on the plot, and some talking about "the plot that was changed/made by the actions of the main hero".
I can imagine that a historical fiction with all of the details that have to be researched needs some kind of a plan first...

I am also very interested with the idea of "reading and commenting".

Wojciech Ruchniewicz, Poland

Gabriele C. said...

Happy New Year to you and Shannon.