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We’re looking forward to family time with kids, grandkids and my mum (who lives next door). I’ll be cooking Christmas dinner for nine – turkey, ham and a veggie option, with all the trimmings.
So today, I’m both looking forward and looking back
It’s ten years since I started personal blogging – first on Live Journal and latterly continued on Dreamwidth (mirrored on Live Journal). My author blog at WordPress is much newer, dating back only to August 2013, shortly after I was offered my first book deal by DAW, but before the first book actually came out.
This seems to be a good time to do a review of the last ten years and also of 2017.
To begin at the end: 2017
2017 has been another good year for me. I’ve had two books published, gained another grandchild (now 10 months old) courtesy of my daughter and son in law, my son has achieved his doctorate and announced his intention to marry in January 2018. I managed a trip abroad in the summer to Worldcon in Helsinki with a side-trip to Tallinn for some writing research. Trips at home included a week in North Wales for the annual Milford SF writers’ conference and three conventions: Eastercon, Fantasycon and Bristolcon (which also gave me the excuse to spend a couple of days in Bath for more research). Altogether not a bad year! Between those momentous events I’ve been sitting behind a desk, tapping keys and hopefully making some sense. As the year ends I’m halfway through writing book number six which is due out in November 2018 and I have another writing project on the go which is not yet ‘sold’ officially, but I have high hopes.
In the music business (my day job) I’ve done tours for Eileen McGann (Canada), Cloudstreet (Australia) and Dan McKinnon (Canada) as well as gigs for Keith Donnelly, Zulu Tradition (South Africa), Robb Johnson, Union Jill, Lee Collinson, and Tania Opland & Mike Freeman (USA).
I was devastated to lose Vin Garbutt in the middle of the year. Vin had been struggling with heart problems, but had successfully undergone surgery and looked to be recovering nicely when a different heart problem snatched him away from us. Vin was not only one of my busiest agency artists, but he was also a good friend. A talented, charismatic performer, a dedicated family man and one of the nicest people on the planet. To say he is missed is a vast understatement
But life goes on, and I’m already working on gigs into 2018 and 2019. I’m looking forward to having Ritchie Parrish Ritchie back in the UK for a tour in May 2018, and Dan McKinnon in the autumn. Also I’ve been doing a lot of immigration paperwork for musicians coming to the UK from outside the EU. At the moment EU musicians can travel freely and perform anywhere within the EU, but who knows what will happen after Brexit.
And now delving back into the last decade.
When I started my Live Journal blog (blogging as ‘Birdsedge’) it was mainly to keep up with friends who hung out on there. December 15th 2007 was my official welcome to the world of blogging, but I didn’t really get underway until January 2008. My first real post was 7th January 2008 when I wrote about managing time. Looking back I see not much has changed. I still have too many things on my to-do list and not enough time. That’s a recurring theme.
I didn’t start blogging books until 2009, and that’s largely because in December 2008 I added up the books I’d read in the year and it was a very slim list – only about 30 in total. In 2009 my book log for the year recorded 61 titles. In 2010 it was 56, in 2011 only 43, but in 2012 it was back up to 53. In 2013 it started shrinking again – down to 36, but in 2014 I had my worst year ever for reading, only 19 books, but I suspect that was because I got my first book deal in 2013, so I was writing like mad. I’ve always said that I can’t read when I’m writing (or at least when I’m first drafting) but I’m getting better at that. In 2015 it was creeping back up to 34, but in 2016 it was up to a massive (for me) 97. This year so far it’s been 74, which is pretty respectable. Over 500 book blogs (and early blogs) can be found on Dreamwidth at https://jacey.dreamwidth.org/ I also blog around 25 to 30 movies a year in my Movie Of The Week posts. Ten years of blogs. If you’re reading this on Dreamwidth (since this is one of the few posts I’m triplicating to WordPress, Dreamwidth and Live Journal) you can catch up with my writing blog at https://jaceybedford.wordpress.com/
Nimbus, the third and final book in my Psi-Tech trilogy is out now from DAW. I can't believe I waited ten whole days to post it here. I've been busy doing the kind of things that you do when a new book comes out - writing guest blog posts, doing interviews for web sites and generally trying to publicise it without being obnoxious and yelling BUY MY BOOK! (Even though that's what I mean.)
In actual fact what I should be doing is yelling BUY MY TRILOGY! because Empire of Dust, Crossways and Nimbus, are three sections of a continuous story.
But, hey, this isn't a hard sell. Buy it and read it if you like space opera, psionics, little guys fighting big corporations, space battles, personal conflicts, mysterious aliens and a touch or romance. If that's not your thing, then steer clear.
I'd be interested to hear from anyone who read either Crossways or Nimbus as a first introduction to the Psi-Tech universe. I'm too close to it all to judge whether they can be read as standalones. I hope they can. I think any reader would quickly pick up what was going on.
Not read any of them yet?
In a galaxy where the megacorporations are more powerful that any individual government, and ambitious executives play fast and loose with ethics in order to secure resources from the colonies, where can good people turn for help? The megacorps control the jump-gates, using implant-enhanced telepaths, psi-techs. They have these psi-techs trapped with unbreakable contracts, lacking for nothing—except freedom.
But there are some free psi-techs who have escaped the megacorps. Reska (Ben) Benjamin and Cara Carlinni lead the Free Company, based on the rogue space-station, Crossways; and there are rumours of Sanctuary, a place that takes in runaway psi-techs and allows them to disappear quietly.
The megacorps have struck at Crossways once—and failed—so what are they planning now? Crossways can't stand alone, and neither can the independent colonies, though maybe together they have a chance.
But something alien and very, very dangerous is stirring in the depths of foldspace. Something bigger than the petty squabbles between megacorps and independents. Until now, humans have had a free hand in the Galaxy, settling colony after colony, but that might have to change now that the Nimbus is coming.
So there you have it. If you do read it, then I always appreciate honest reviews on Goodreads or your own blogs or websites, facebook or twitter. If anyone out there would like to host a blog post or an interview for me, you can contact me via my writing website.
Here's what I wrote over on my other blog at https://jaceybedford.wordpress.com/2017/
And the movies:
2nd February 2016
Today is publication day for Winterwood, my third novel and first historical fantasy. It's got pirates, a jealous ghost, a wolf shapechanger and a dark villain who may just have a point. The heroine is a cross-dressing privateer captain and occasional witch, Ross (Rossalinde) Tremayne. After seven years of estrangement she's drawn back to visit her mother's deathbed where she inherits a half-brother she didn't know about and a task she doesn't want. Set in 1800 with Napoleon knocking at the door and Mad King George on the throne, this is the first book in a new sequence called The Rowankind.
I had such fun writing this and at the moment I'm writing the sequel, Silverwolf. (Everything has such a long lead-up time in the publishing industry that Silverwolf not likely to be published until the very end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017.)
If you want to read more about Winterwood, please see this post on my other blog at Wordspress.
I'm going to be doing a blog on the cover soon, at Wordpress, too, so if you want to follow me over there, that would be very nice.
In the meantime. BOOK! TODAY! YAY!
Available in bookstores and electronic editions in Canada and the USA. Available as an import in the UK from that well known firm named after a South American river.
What starts out as a search for survivors turns into a battle for survival. Space stations, corrupt corporations, telepathy, relationships and something moving in the depths of foldspace.
Not read the first one yet? Empire of Dust is still available, of course. Empire made the Locus Best Seller list in the month it was published. For Crossways to do the same it would be great if those of you who are going to buy it (if you haven't already, do so today or within the next few days. That would be fab. (No pressure, just if...) One small step for readingkind - one giant leap for Jacey!
Where to get it. If you're in the USA/Canada then all good bookstores, Amazon/ Barnes & Noble etc. It's available as paperback or electronic version (Kindle Nook etc.). If you're in the UK then it's a bit more limited due to it being an American import, but Amazon.co.uk has it. or Forbidden Planet if you're lucky enough to have a branch in your area.'re lucky enough to have a branch in your area.
If you want some background on the Psi-Tech universe then there's a page on my website here: http://www.jaceybedford.co.uk/psi-tech.
And a reminder, not just for my book, but for all books. If you like a book, talk about it, post to facebook, twitter, your blog. Tell your friends. Make recommendations. With fewer and fewer bookshops on the High Street, browsing is limited, so the best way for news to get out about new books is by word of mouth.Thank you, readers, reviewers, bloggers, retweeters, facebookers. Without you...
Looks like I’m going to have a busy morning on Saturday at Loncon3 in August. I get to spout guff about Doctor Whoish goodness and Red Wedding gore. And then sit on a panel with: an agent who rejected me, and an agent who made me an offer but whom I turned down (with much heart-searching) in favour of my present agent Amy Boggs of Donald Maass. Should be fun.
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00
The nominees for this year’s Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form, are:
But which should win? Our panel will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the nominees, try to second-guess the voters, and tell you what else should have been on the ballot.
With: Ashley Pollard Ms. (M) , Iain Clark , Jacey Bedford, Abigail Brady, Saxon Bullock.
Saturday 12:00 – 13:30
A great query letter is all you need! Write a great manuscript and the rest doesn’t matter! Network at conventions and you’re in good shape! These nuggets of advice and dozens like them float around the writersphere as gospel. How many of these have a ring of truth? What is the secret to finding an agent? And what does an agent do once you have one? Our agents will decrypt the process.
With: Betsy Mitchell (M), Jacey Bedford, Joshua Bilmes, Ian Drury, John Jarrold