Here it is, people. The moment you’ve been waiting for. This is the Tentative, As-It-Stands, None-of-This-Is-Set-In-Stone, I Will Turn This Car Around If You Kids Don’t Behave Update for Good Intentions III: Holy Shit Is That an Ice Weasel?
Many have asked. Most have been answered. A few may have been overlooked or fallen victim to a spam filter. I figured it’s time for a blog update and I’m a little too engrossed in writing GI3 to go for one of my more ambitious blog ideas, so here you go!
Good Intentions III is in progress. The rough draft is currently at 60,000 words. To put it into perspective, Natural Consequences is around 180,000 words and Dead Man’s Debt is a little over 170k. By those standards, I’m arguably around 1/3rd of the way through it…but I really, truly hope to God that it’s more like half.
“HALF?!” you say? “Does that mean you want it to be only 120k? Why would you do that to us?”
Well, I’m hoping for more like between 120k-150k, but the truth is I need to learn to write slightly shorter books so I can publish more often. Some of that is the simple economics of being a mostly-indie writer. The Indie market has changed a lot since I started, and I’ve done a poor job of keeping up with it. That said: I’ll write to where the story takes me, and if that includes a 30,000-word expansion of fireball-spitting mecha-penguins, I’ll do it.
“When will it be out?”
All I’m gonna say is that my goal is to publish this year and it’ll be out as soon as it’s done. Experience has shown that giving people a projected date only makes me into a liar. But I’ll definitely post a good chunk of it as a sampler (probably the first chapter) once I’ve had a few people read the completed rough draft.
“Okay but will there be an audio book and will Tess Irondale be back?”
Almost certainly but no guarantees on the audiobook, since Audible seems pretty happy with me so far. As far as Tess: God I hope so! She was down with narrating the audio for Life in Shadows, so I’m guessing she’ll be down with this, too. And I love working with her! She’s the best.
“Are we gonna see Taylor again this time?”
Yep. She’s here. The whole crew is in this one so far, except Amber, but I expect she’ll turn up before it’s all over.
“Whatever, tell me what this book is gonna be about! You were fucking with us about the ice weasels, right?”
*Sigh* Can’t fool you guys. Currently there are no ice weasels, and even if I wind up including some they won’t be prominent enough to merit an inclusion in the title. (I don’t have a title yet.)
I’m reluctant to tell all that much, but I will say that GI3 opens up with Christmas following the events of the previous books. It builds off of the events of the previous novels and the first & fourth stories in Life In Shadows. We’re going to see more of Molly and Onyx’s magical “neighbors,” along with what I expect will be a pretty big expansion into the world outside Seattle and the ongoing struggle within the Pit.
Also demon panhandlers.
And undead terrorists.
And an apocalyptic cult of sorcerous doomsday-preppers.
And problematic ex-boyfriends from Hell. Possibly literal.
And surely some explicit sex. Less than in previous books, because reasons, but I think by now it’s safe to expect that from this crowd.
And conspiracy to commit rampant promiscuity. And gambling. Also eye-gouging. Definitely some illegal use of firearms. Probably grand theft. Absolutely Too Much Information from grandparents. Couple MacGuffins. At least one car chase. Arguably assorted acts of espionage and/or treason. More than likely some dismemberments and maybe a decapitation or three. Presumably some classist snobbery. Guaranteed murder. Arson kinda goes without saying. Maybe some awkward confessions. Could be some sexual frustration. Might be some choices that could permanently alter relationships. Grave personal sacrifices seem inevitable, weather permitting. Oh, and Alex isn’t sure where he is, but he just woke up in a dumpster surrounded by fire and cannibals and magical bullshit, so he’s betting he’s not gonna get his first homework assignment in on time.
I could say more, but I wouldn’t want to give anything away.