I’ve been talking a bit about the new project I’m working on here and on Twitter the last couple of days, which has led to folks peppering me with questions about it. I’ve answered these questions before but I’m not opposed to grouping the answers together for your convenience, so here’s a quick, compact update.
Dude, what are you working on?
It’s a new project I can’t officially tell you about yet, which I have given the code name of The Spank Chronicles, Book One: The Spankening.
Is it part of the Old Man’s War/Android’s Dream/Fuzzy Nation/Shadow War of the Night Dragons universe?
What part of “I can’t tell you about it yet” is not coming through?
BUT WE NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING.
Sorry, you’ll have to wait until I can talk about it.
For how long?
Probably until some point this summer.
We hate you.
What did you just finish that you are so happy about?
There was a big thorny chunk of The Spank Chronicles that I managed to hack through and which I am very happy with now.
Can we see it?
Look, we’ll offer you this kitten in exchange! (holds up kitten)
I have three, thanks.
You mentioned you’re writing this on Google Docs. Why that choice?
Because my desktop computer had a meltdown and I’m writing primarily on a laptop for this project — but which laptop varies depending on which room I’m in and which one is available at the moment. Typically I use the Mac Air, but sometimes Athena or Krissy want to use it for whatever reason. In which case I use a different laptop. Using Google Docs means that I can pick up on what I’m writing regardless of which computer I’m using, and that’s actually pretty useful. Also as a word processor it’s now sufficiently advanced that for the (actually very simple) needs that I have, it works just fine. And finally, unless Google explodes, the document I’m writing won’t disappear into the ether if something happens to my computer (if Google explodes, we have bigger problems).
But now you can’t write without an online connection! You’re a slave to the man!
When I’m somewhere I can’t access the Internet (which, these days and considering I walk around with a wifi hotspot on my phone, isn’t all that often), I can still use Word or TextEdit (or Pages or LibreOffice or one of the several other word processors I have on my computer) and then paste into Google Docs later. In short: everything’s fine.
When is The Spank Chronicles going to be done? When can we see the completed Spank Chronicles?
It’ll be done when it’s done, but hopefully that will be be in the next few months. I can’t tell you when you can see it yet; that’s still being worked out.
But… you could release it on the InterWebs right now and we’d totally pay you for it! Do a Kickstarter!
Sorry. It’s contractually promised.
Hmph. Well, you should still do a Kickstarter one day.
Maybe one day.
It’s not too late to tell us what The Spank Chronicles is about.
Yes it is, we’re at the end of the entry.
Wait, no we’re n