Still Here, Sort Of

Posted: October 15th, 2012 under Life beyond writing.

Or, more properly, “there”–in a hotel room in NYC before another busy day.   New York Comic Con is over (yesterday last day) , and today is meeting with Agent plus dinner with friend, plus the pre-travel-home chores (send out laundry and too many others).  Tomorrow is meeting with Editor & Staff at Publisher.   Both meetings involve lunch.

Behind me now are three operas, a wedding, a signing at NYCC, another visit to NYCC yesterday to a)( visit a friend’s booth in Artists’ Alley and buy some of her cool stuff (I love Carol’s web comic SPQR Blues)  and b) attend a couple of panels and c) meet up with two  former Editors and Publicity Director for dinner.   Also a lot of walking and subway riding and too little actual sleep.  NYCC  was fun despite the crowds and some initial glitches (more about some of that, later, maybe)–the book signing went very well–we gave away all the books brought for me to sign & give away, and I also signed stock at the Barnes & Noble booth (which I’d managed to miss on Friday) on Sunday.  (Saturday was my friend’s daughter’s wedding, and yes, it took up my whole day.)

Some decisions have been made about what will and won’t be in Book V.    Some discussion with agent about what comes next, though more such discussion will take place today.  Some additional insight into publishing has been achieved, though never quite enough to feel that I can foresee any oncoming trains on the track I’m on.

I will be on trains and thus out of reliable wireless contact for three days starting Wednesday as I wend my way home.  I may or may not have time to get back online later today or tomorrow.    I should’ve synched the address book of the home computer to this netbook before I left, but with all the trouble I was having that didn’t happen.  Sigh.  Anyway–apologies for the long silence heretofore, and the next long silence to come.


  • Comment by Gareth — October 15, 2012 @ 8:31 am


    Great to hear you’ve enjoyed NY – hope discussions with Agent and Editor go well. There’s so many more stories waiting to be told… and so many universes to explore. Have to thank you for mentioning the Liaden universe books a couple of months ago – have now devoured them while waiting for Limits.

  • Comment by Ed Bunyan — October 15, 2012 @ 9:22 am


    Hey, You have been VERY busy. You are forgiven.

  • Comment by Sharidann — October 16, 2012 @ 1:08 am


    Sounds like a very busy trip.

    From what I read about leaving things out of book V…. Do you plan a book VI or something more in the eight kingdoms, with another set of characters or a certain paladin coming back with a vengeance?

    I can’t but ask (and I know the answer is probably spoilerish) but does the scene at the end of Liar’s oath (you know, Paks and Kieri (I think it is Kieri at least) visiting Luap’s colony and the creation of the first paladins of Gird) appear in Book IV or V ? From the point of view of Paks and Kieri?

  • Comment by Richard — October 16, 2012 @ 1:44 am


    look at the publisher’s synopsis of IV: Elizabeth has created a whole new context – a problem to which they may be part of someone’s solution – for Luap’s followers to be awoken to (whichever book the scene will come in)

  • Comment by pjm — October 16, 2012 @ 4:17 am


    The plot thickens… and eventually sets.

  • Comment by Iphinome — October 16, 2012 @ 5:08 am


    Have a safe trip home your Ladyship. Sometime on Thursday I’ll wave hello in a general southward direction.

    Hey don’t look at me like that, its the thought that counts!

  • Comment by elizabeth — October 16, 2012 @ 6:04 am


    Thoughts appreciated. I’ll be home Friday night.

  • Comment by elizabeth — October 16, 2012 @ 6:05 am


    Any time now would be good for the setting part.

  • Comment by elizabeth — October 16, 2012 @ 6:06 am


    That is so true…the problem isn’t just in getting them “somewhere” but in what they might or might not do when there. OH, and what they really did in the past.

  • Comment by elizabeth — October 16, 2012 @ 6:08 am


    Book V is the end of this story arc. That does not mean ‘no more story arcs.’ That does not mean there will be more story arcs. As Robin McKinley puts it, the Story Committee decides (though I don’t have a committee, just the very strong-minded Story Boss.)

    Anything more would indeed be a humongous spoiler and I won’t reveal.

  • Comment by elizabeth — October 16, 2012 @ 6:08 am


    Thanks for the patience.

  • Comment by Rolv — October 16, 2012 @ 11:22 am


    No neede for apologies.
    Thanks for taking so much time for and with us. It’s a privilege we fully enjoy.
    And I liked the hint of possible new story archs … 🙂

  • Comment by Tracy — October 16, 2012 @ 11:26 am


    Richard — is there a link to the Publisher’s synopsis of Book IV to which you refer in your response to Sharidann? I can’t seem to find anything via Google or Del Rey that fits the bill. Thanks!

  • Comment by Genko — October 16, 2012 @ 3:47 pm


    The link appears on a post September 25.

  • Comment by Ginny W. — October 16, 2012 @ 9:07 pm


    Gareth: Me too.
    pjm, and Elizabeth: Perhaps the plot gels?
    Elizabeth: I wish you a nice long, uneventful train ride, so you can rest. And the plot daimon can do its job without distractions.

    If I were you, the what’s next question would be a lump in my stomach. Its always there, but I never see into the dark beyond the setting sun of this project. Then the sun rises again, eventually.

  • Comment by Sharidann — October 17, 2012 @ 6:18 am


    Link to the synopsis and cover here :

    I see Richard’s point now (and yes, the cover is also a hint somewhere), and yes, the synopsis clearly states that the world changes in ways nobody really expected.

    @Elizabeth thanks for the answers and get some rest. And no need for apologies, you are only your guests here. 🙂

  • Comment by Genko — October 17, 2012 @ 10:38 am


    The world changes in ways nobody really expects all the time. I’m not sure why we’re always surprised, but it seems we always are. And yet that’s what makes life so interesting.

  • Comment by Richard — October 18, 2012 @ 2:19 am


    Same route as Elizabeth’s (I presume) as far as the Carolinas is sufficient excuse to listen to Chattanooga Choo-Choo again.

  • Comment by Richard — October 19, 2012 @ 2:54 pm


    237 days since ECHOES’ release date.
    236 days until LIMITS’.

  • Comment by Ginny W. — October 20, 2012 @ 3:52 pm


    I feel better knowing that we are past the halfway point.

    I hope you had a relaxing and uneventful trip home.

    Hasn’t Paksworld already changed in ways no one would have predicted? Dorrin the mage? The royal bones of Lyonya speaking about betrayal? I never expected what has happened,and we have more surprises coming I think.

    Thank you, Elizabeth!

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