Life would be even better if they were to decide to move, say, 1700 miles closer, but we’ll make do for now. Thank goodness for Skype.
For us, the baby’s arrival was such exciting news that other, less-grandbaby-centric events have paled by comparison. We’ve read and approved the German translation of After Things Went Bad, and it should be appearing on Amazon.de in the next week or so. We assume Nach der Katastrophe will also make an appearance on all of the other Amazons, too, but – let’s be honest – if there’s a market for the three stories, it’s probably not going to be found at the Amazon Japan site. Birgit Hausmayer and her editor, Anja Bauermeister, did a terrific job; it’s one of our favorite translations of our work, ever.
One of our other stories has been translated into Spanish; this is the first time a translator has neared completion on something that wasn’t ATWB. We’re hoping to tell you about the finished, polished product sometime next month. Fingers crossed.
Before the summer is over, we hope to give our thumbs up to a new audiobook; the narrator says she should have it ready for us by June. We’ve learned that the first listen is only the first step down a long road. Either Renée will want changes in what we hear, or Harrell will want changes, or the narrator will decide, hey, now she wants changes, because those are the things that happened with one or the other of our previous audiobooks. So, if the narration is completed by late August, we’ll count it as a win.
If our new novel is done by the end of the year, we’ll count that as a win, too. We’re halfway through chapter eleven (of twenty), we’re really enjoying it, but this one is taking longer than any of our other books. A variety of small troubles (and a couple of major delights) has siphoned much of our available writing time away. Which is just life, y’know?
Watching: Daredevil on Netflix. Seven episodes in, we’re already happy that the series has been renewed for another year. Is it genius? Nope, but it's engaging. If we enjoyed drinking games, we'd drink every time Daredevil was knocked unconscious. If we drank each time he knocked someone else unconscious, we'd never survive an episode.
Reading: Independently Animated: Bill Plympton, The Life and Art of the King of Indie Animation – and is that a title or what? The oversized hardcover is loaded with cartoons, and drawings, and storyboards, but we’ve enjoyed Plympton’s words (shaped and presented by David B. Levy, his co-author, we presume) even more than his artwork. It turns out, indie animation and indie publication share a lot in common.