Space Opera With a Twist

Author: Eric Thomson (Page 1 of 37)

And It’s Off!

I just sent The Final Shore (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 9) to my editor, which means a mid-March publication date is looking more and more possible. Now, back to Imperial Dawn. I’ve just opened the file and began to re-familiarize myself with where I was at when I switched over to the last Dunmoore adventure. With any luck, it’ll be a late May publication date. After that? I’ve been toying with a new series set in the same universe as all my others, but further in the future than Ashes of Empire, featuring a roguish officer who carries out dirty work for the imperial government.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Done Again

I just finished writing The Final Shore – Siobhan Dunmoore Book 9, the last installment in the series. It took me a bit longer than expected, mainly because we spent four weeks in January on vacation in an undisclosed location where we practiced the fine arts of farniente and scuba diving. Those of you who follow me on Facebook may have seen a few underwater pictures I posted while we were there.

To say it was difficult wrapping up a series I started so long ago would be an understatement. But it’s done. Now, on to the multiple rounds of revision before it goes to my editor, hopefully before the end of this month. Then, back to Imperial Dawn which I expect to have completed by late May.

Around here, the weather is almost spring-like with temperatures more common in mid-March and only a fraction of the regular amount of snow on the ground. It’s supposed to get colder next week, but not much snowfall. I can’t say that I mind a mild winter. After all, I’m built more for the tropics than the Great White North.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Happy New Year

May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.

As the old year fades away and the new year is upon us, I’m happy to report The Final Shore (Siobhan Dunmoore Book 9) is almost 80% written. I hope to have it completed within the next two weeks or so. A March publication date seems quite possible now. And then, it’s back to Imperial Dawn. Hopefully whatever was blocking me will have lifted by then.

A happy new year to all my readers, wherever they may be. Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Change is Good

I had 40% of Imperial Dawn written when I encountered a blockage two weeks ago, a serious one that prevented me from continuing with the book as it was going. After a lot of reflection, I decided it would be best if I turned my attention to the next one on the list, the ninth and final Siobhan Dunmoore adventure, while I let my subconscious figure out Imperial Dawn. I may have to start over from the beginning because it simply wasn’t headed in the right direction.

I’ve now written 15% of the so-far untitled ninth Dunmoore story and it’s going well because I’ve known for years how it ends. But it probably won’t be out until early February of next year at the earliest. Sorry.

In the meantime, I get to stare out the window at the gray skies, falling leaves and increasingly cold weather as autumn gets a grip on my part of the Great White North.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Cayman Islands Diving

Earlier this month, we spent a week on Little Cayman Island, arguably one of the best scuba diving spots in the western hemisphere. I put together a short video of footage I took with my GoPro underwater. I hope you’ll enjoy watching it.

Stay safe and healthy, fellow humans.

Time Flows

As the Alan Parsons Project song says, “time keeps flowing like a river” and it’s the latter part of August already. Where has the summer gone? Sure, there’s still a month left by the calendar, but the weather is getting distinctly autumnal some days around here. Last night, as I was settling down to read on the back deck, I had to put on a light sweater, which is generally unheard of in August.

Progress on Imperial Dawn has been slow but steady. I’m about one-third done. At this rate, we’re looking for a late fall publication date. But there are a lot of moving parts in this installment of Ashes of Empire and the complexity keeps me from speeding up the writing. I still think it’ll be the last one in the series, yet I might be wrong. It all depends on how Imperial Dawn progresses. In other news, the audiobook version of Black Sword (Decker’s War Book 5) is being published as I write this and work has started on the audiobook version of the sixth Decker’s War novel, No Remorse. And I’m thinking about a new series set perhaps two hundred years or so after Ashes of Empire, about a roguish agent who gets into all sorts of adventures as he pursues the enemies of the state across worlds that are still recovering from the fall of the First Empire.

And that’s all the news I have on this fine Saturday. Stay safe and healthy fellow humans.

July is the Merriest Month

I just realized it’s been a month since I last posted something. I guess the onset of summer has also triggered a certain amount of laziness. First, the news. When the Guns Roar (Siobhan Dunmoore #6) and A Dark and Dirty War (Siobhan Dunmoore #7) are both out in audiobook. The latter isn’t out on Audible or Amazon yet as of writing this, but it’s only a matter of days. You can find them via the following links:

https://books2read.com/whengunsroar?format=audiobook

https://books2read.com/darkdirtywar?format=audiobook

Our narrator is currently finishing On Stormy Seas (Siobhan Dunmoore #8) so look for it later this month or early next month.

As far as writing the next great novel goes, it’s been slow. I’m struggling a bit with Imperial Dawn, but nothing to worry about. Summer is keeping me from working on it, especially since July is my favorite month. It’s been nice and warm so far, but not too hot. We’ve received a regular amount of rain, so the garden is flourishing and I’m enjoying sitting outside with a book most days, taking advantage of the fact that I can do so easily until late in the evening. And no, I’m not reading science fiction. These days, it’s The Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures which are set during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) two-hundred and forty years in the past rather than seventeen-hundred years in the future. If you enjoy age of sail novels, give the series a try. I highly recommend it.

And that’s it!

Stay safe and healthy fellow humans.

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