Number 2 is rolling along pretty good now. I’m about 3/4 of the way through the actual writing, and should have that wrapped up in the next month or so. Then it is onto editing, tweaking, and proofing. I’m the kind of guy that cranks stuff out quick, but that requires a mighty lot of clean-up to make it pretty.
But just because 2 is done doesn’t mean you get to read it yet. The Baen version of #1 will be available again in 2009. If it does well, then I get to sell part 2. If #1 doesn’t do well… So in 2009, for all of you fans of MHI, force your friends to buy copies. Yes, I’m holding #2 hostage until you give into my nefarious demands. BWA HA HA HA!
In the meantime once 2 is done, I’ll be working on another project in conjunction with a really good author. Some of you are familiar with the Mr. Nightcrawler experiment that took place on THR. Two of the finest online fiction stories ever written (in my not so humble opinion), and a 3rd one that was going to be posted online, but then we decided that since I’m an actual published type author person now, we’re going to go whole-hog, clean up the entire Mr. Nightcrawler saga and try to get it published.
No, there are no monsters in this. Rather it is what I think would get lumped in with the “thrillers”. It is a story told from two perspectives. One narrator is a good young man who has led a really tough life, and ended up working as a mercenary in a very shady organization. The 2nd narrator (written by me) is a professional thief who specializes in robbing drug-lords, arms dealers, and various other seedy types in the 3rd world. The two characters end up on opposite sides of a middle-eastern coup, and it is a knock-down, drag out, fight to the finish, and that’s before the real bad guys even show.
At one point somebody refers to my character as a “Amoral godless Narcissist”. I’d say that’s pretty close, but that also makes it damn fun to write.