Tuesday, June 6, 2017


I typed the last scene of Insurgents a few days ago, proofread the draft and sent it off to my one beta reader. Now trying not to breathe down her neck just because I'm in the process of scheduling it with a cover artist and formatter. If she persuades me that major surgery is needed, I'll have to put my preferred dates back; but I'm pretty sure that won't be necessary.

Pro tip: never try to proof an entire book, on the computer, in one day. It's bad for the eyes and worse for the temper.

And, of course, it's not like I'm twiddling my thumbs while waiting. I'm proofreading the follow-on, Awakening, and plotting the third and probably final book in this series (working title Survivors), which I hope to start writing at the beginning of July. This is going to be a tricky one. I need to show a collapsing society (Venezuela is giving me plenty of inspiration here) but I don't want to write a grim, depressing dystopia. Actually, I don't think I can; the funny keeps breaking out. I'm working on a sort of comedy of manners against the background of collapse and failure. There will be some grim bits - it's never fun when a society starts consuming itself - but I hope to balance the sadder parts of the story with scenes of my characters coping with whatever I throw at them.

Jury's still out on whether I can pull this off.


  1. Way to go! I need some of your daily drive - lol! Appreciate that you want to deal with some of these issues that could leave a reader totally depressed and reaching for a razor blade in a more interesting and less predictable way. Sure you can pull it off. :-)

  2. Hey there. Just came across this blog. Are you the same Margaret Ball as in Flameweaver / PartnerShip fame? Got not much info on here.

    1. Yup, that's me. I'll try to figure out how to put a book list on the blog. Or attached to the blog. Whatever... More coffee, that's the first step.

  3. Awesome! Love your work. Keep in touch and let me know when it's coming out and I'll help promote.

  4. Yes, a book list would be perfect! I tried to find something all inclusive by googling - mixed results.

  5. You guys inspire me! OK, that's a project to work on while I wait for the blue ink cartridge.

  6. Conga-rats on finishing! Isn't it a nice feeling?


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