Sunday, October 5

Hokay. Here's the rundown.

The medical test came out negative, which means that Whatever the Fuck is Wrong With Me is still wholly in the Whatever stage. So it goes.

However, in the interim, I have been introduced to a new medication regimen that has me feeling sharper than I have in years. So, downside: lots of pills. Upside: unlike all previous meds, these seem to be working.

In the midst of all this, I finally delivered Luke Skywalker & the Shadows of Mindor, and due to the heroic (no exaggeration) efforts of my long-suffering editor, Shelly Shapiro, it looks like Del Rey will manage to cram it through production in time for its scheduled Dec 30 release. Shelly has now ascended to my short list of Personal Heroes.

Thanks to all & sundry for expressions of support.

The unnamed game tie-in I'm supposedly writing is on temporary hold, as I wait for supplementary materials that the parent company has so far failed to provide. So, for now, I'm working on interviews 'n' shit in support of Caine Black Knife, including an essay for Scalzi's "The Big Idea" feature. And I'm getting back to pulling together the Revised Editions of Iron Dawn and Jericho Moon, as well as getting my shit together on the final Caine novel, His Father's Fist.

As to the similarities in the underlying philosophical stance between Cainism and Satanism, and between the Church of the Beloved Children of Ma'elKoth and Catholicism, well . . . pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Let me just say that I know a bit about how religious doctrine can be (and has been) tailored to promote secular political ends, and leave it at that.

Caine Black Knife comes out in ten days. Meanwhile, just so you know:

'nuff said.


MWS said...

Oh, and Bob?

Looks like I don't have your email address after all. To avoid having to post mine publically, maybe you could drop a line to my old address (which is still active), so I can file you in my address book.

Chris said...

Sorry you don't have a long term health fix, Matt, but I'm glad there's at least some good news. The writing updates sound great, too - a couple of new Stover books before year's end and a new title: winner.

Hope that the Scalzi feature brings you some deserved attention.

Bob said...

10 days? No shit. Gotta get me some of that.

Bob said...

Well, after reading that advisory, all I can say is Fuck Yeah!.

Pass on all of our thanks to Shelly Shapiro for her Herculean effort. I'm always excited to hear that your books are coming out.

Also, here's hoping you get a good diagnosis in the near future - in my limited experience, it usually involves seeing the right doctor when they're in the right mood (sadly).

steve said...

Pretty much excited right now!

Can't wait for CBK. Glad to hear you're feeling better and hope you can put a finger down on Whatever soon.

Adam said...

I am so excited for CBK. 10 days! I suppose it's time to re-read Heroes Die and Blade of Tyshalle for the umpteenth time...

RobB said...

Hi Matt,

Glad to to read things are on something of an upswing, medically at least.


Rob Locke said...

Yes, yes, I'll stop with the analysis of cainism vs. Church of Maelkoth, in a friendly attempt at not reveiling the man behind the curtain.

So I'll bring up another idea.... Objectivism, as interpreted by Ayn Rand. ;) I suggest everyone look up the name Ayn Rand or "Objectivism"... its an ideology focused on rational self-interest.

It seems to encompass Blade. The idea of the Spanish Inquisition, and the hunger to consume resources and expand.... but also Caine's resistance to Raithe's mind-control when asked to help kill his wife. Objectivism is concerned with the here and now. What will satisfy me today? Caine is not concerned with the Future of Humanity. He might not even meet, let alone like those who have yet to be born...

I'm so glad I re-read blade just weeks before the third book.... I'm older than I was, and its provoking a bunch of political, philisophical, and ethical thoughts. I'd love to discuss these ideas, but I don't want to reveal the "man behind the curtain." ;)

Rob Locke said...

Ok, I give... I'll bring up an abstract link to religion... Matt? Are you familiar with Meister Eckhart? Allow me to quote Jacob's Ladder on Echart's behalf --

"The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of your life; your memories, your attachments. They burn 'em all away. But they're not punishing you," he said. "They're freeing your soul. ... If you're frightened of dying and holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the Earth"

A good friend of mine, (and fan of yours) told me today that I "think too much."

Rebecca said...

Hi Matt,
I'm glad there's some good news for you, medical-wise. Here's hoping for more.

My friends and I have been pimping CBK in the lead up to its release so hopefully there'll be some extra sales for you from Down Under :) We've already pre-ordered a couple of coupies at our local indi book store(we weren't sure if it'd make a difference if we ordered from Amazon or not) and look forward to getting our hands on them.

Anonymous said...

Hell Yeah! I can't wait!

Glad to hear you are feeling better, hopefully the docs can nail down the "Whatever(TM)" soon.

Pizzope said...

Never have the words "torture", "sexual perversion", "extreme graphic violence", and "adult language" filled me with so much hope.

Jay Lee said...

I have not been so excited to read a new book that I can't recall the last time I ran to get a book. And yes I can't believe I did not hear about the release date before the book came out. I saw that it was out and ran to get a copy. I can't wait for the next one.