So I’m back in Kutaisi again, recharging my netbook battery due to some chronic electricity problems out in the village.  Seriously, I think I heard a transformer explode this morning.  Anytime it rains, you can prettymuch expect a blackout here in rural Georgia.  Hope for the best, plan for the worst–but that’s the subject for another post.

Anyhow, here’s where things currently stand with Star Wanderers:

Part III: Sacrifice is almost ready for publication, and will hopefully be up in a few weeks.  I’m just waiting for  some feedback from my first readers, to make sure there aren’t any major problems.  I made some pretty big changes to the story after getting some helpful feedback I got from my friend Laura, so I don’t want to put it out until a few other eyes have seen it in its current form.  Of course, I’ll need some help with proofreading, so if anyone wants to exchange services (proofreading or formatting), just shoot me an email.

As for Part IV: Homeworld, I’m currently wrapping up the 2.0 draft and should have it finished by the end of the week.  I’m really excited about this story, especially the ending I have planned and the way I want to bring together all the threads from the first three parts.  You know that moment when a story just comes together naturally, without being forced or anything?  Yeah, that’s what I’m experiencing right now.  It’s awesome.

So the plan is to publish Star Wanderers: Sacrifice (Part III) sometime in mid-late October, and to publish Star Wanderers: Homeworld (Part IV) sometime in November.  As with parts I and II, they will both be free via Smashwords for the first two weeks to subscribers of my email newsletter.  To sign up, fill out the form in the sidebar ——–>

This isn’t the end of the Star Wanderers series, of course.  I’ve already completed the first draft of a parallel novelette to Part I: Outworlder from Noemi’s point of view.  I’d also like to do stories with the other characters, like Samson or Mariya.  And of course, there’s the omnibus for parts I-IV, which I’ll probably release early next year.  If you’d like to see a story from any particular point of view in this universe, let me know–I’m always open to new ideas.

In the Gaia Nova series, I’m hoping to publish Stars of Blood and Glory by January.  I’ve been in touch with my copy editor, and things are looking good for a 2012 release.  I need to make another quick revision pass first, which I’ll probably finish in October, and then we’ll see about getting the ball rolling.

So that’s where things stand right now.  I’m happy to see that sales are trending up on all the platforms where I’m published, which means that I can reinvest more in new titles and put them out more frequently.  And my teaching schedule here in the village is pretty light, which means I have lots of time to write–that is, when we actually have electricity.  And even when we don’t, there’s always pen and paper.

That’s just about it for now.  My battery’s almost at 100% and it’s starting to get dark, so I’d better go.  See you all later!

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