Interesting times here in the US. It’s election season, and the Republicans made a bunch of gains in the House and the Senate. I was hoping US voters would realize the Republicans spent 8 years flushing the economy down the toilet and give Obama and the Dems a little more time to fix it, but I guess I overestimated the maturity of the American voter.
I know, I know. A day late again. But I was holding off on the hopes there would be some official announcement on my newest project that I could trumpet to the proverbial heavens. Alas, only rumors remain… though the rumors are swirling, particularly over at TOR universe. Of course, I can’t comment on said rumors. At least, not yet.
Sigh… one day late with the update yet again. But in all fairness, there were plenty of distractions. A thrilling Ryder Cup, the NFL season in full swing, and we’re in the middle of the best two months for golf in Austin. Hey, there’s a lot on my plate.
Not a long update this time, but it’s a big one. No, it has nothing to do with the start of the NFL season. No, I didn’t get a hole-in-one on the golf course (though my handicap is down 2 strokes in the past month). No, it’s not that there’s a new Magic the Gathering set coming out. No, it has nothing to do with the recent release of the Lair of the Shadow Broker expansion for Mass Effect (I didn’t work on it, but it’s AWESOME!). It’s not even related to the latest developer dispatch for SW:TOR(I’m not in the video, but it’s AWESOME!).
Summer is drawing to an end here in Texas, and I’m taking a little break from all my traveling. But that doesn’t mean I’m slacking off… at least, no more than usual.
I’m back from Celebration V in Orlando. Texas may be hot, but at least the humidity doesn’t make it feel like I took a shower when I cross the street. Seriously – they need to move this conference to May or October.
April 26, 2010
Just got back from my vacation in Turks and Caicos. Had a great time, got in plenty of golf, some scuba diving and a lot of great meals. Food is expensive there, but all in all it was a great trip. (Didn’t hurt that the Spurs are up 3-1 in their series with Dallas, either. Go, Spurs, go!)
Welcome to the last update of 2K9. Tomorrow I’m off to the frigid north to visit family over Christmas. I’m going to enjoy seeing them, but I am NOT looking forward to the weather. (I was just out golfing earlier today, and now I’m about to be thrust into a sub-zero, ice covered golfing wasteland!)
I’ve tried to catch up on my e-mails as much as possible before I left, but I have been SWAMPED with e-mails from fans since Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil came out. Don’t get me wrong – that’s a very, very good thing. It’s just a little overwhelming, so if you haven’t had a response yet please be patient – I’ll get back to you in the New Year.
As for DoE sales, I don’t have any concrete numbers yet. But the most recent New York Times bestseller list came out and I placed at #18. At first I was a little disappointed: I was really hoping to crack the top 10 (the first two books both topped out at #11). Then I started to read the names on the list. Stephen King. Dan Brown. John Grisham. James Patterson. Sue Grafton. Michael Crichton. (Wait… isn’t he dead? How can he still be publishing!) Dean Koontz. The collaborative final book in the massive Wheel of Time series. That Kathryn Stockett novel that’s been clogging up the list for 37 straight weeks.
Seriously – check out that list. It is EPIC. What I failed to realize was that the pre-Christmas push from publishers includes all the heavy hitters. For a (not-so) young up-and-comer like me, it’s hard to compete with the legends. So I don’t feel all that bad. I’m going to assume the numbers are there; the competition at this time of year is just a lot tougher than when Rule of Two came out (the week after Christmas).
But I haven’t given up hope yet. There’s still a chance to climb a few spots in next week’s list. So if you haven’t bought your copy yet, rush right out and pick it up! Yes we can! Yes we can! (And if we don’t, I’ll deal with my sorrow by playing an extra round of golf when I get back to Texas.)
Okay, that’s all. Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Festive Festivus (AFestivus for the rest of us!), and a spectacular New Year.
Wow – talk about a busy couple of weeks. First, we went to Huntington Beach to celebrate Thanksgiving with some friends. Then, it was off to Vegas to run in my first (and possibly last) ½ marathon.
So, how did I do? Answer: AWESOME! I wanted to break 2 hours 10 minutes, and I came in at 2:09:12 – not bad for a fat guy pushing forty. I also managed to beat the time of the full marathon winner, which was a secondary goal for me. If you’re interested in seeing the results, click thisRESULSTS LINK.
Overall it was a great experience: almost 30,000 runners in total for the full and half marathons, racing down the Vegas strip in the early morning hours. My aunt and my brother-in-law also participated, and my wife, parents and other aunt were there to cheer us on. Plus, VEGAS BABY!
If you’re into running, I highly recommend it – interesting views, nice flat course and you can celebrate by staying up for 24 straight hours and losing your shirt at the blackjack tables (like I did). But be warned – there is a price to pay! I’ve been fighting the flu ever since I got on the plane to come home. It’s like I’m getting old or something.
In other news, Darth Bane: Dynasty of Evil is now out! If you haven’t read it yet, go out and get yourself a copy! No sales figures yet (maybe next update), but the early reaction has been good. There is just one *small* problem. A lot of people are confused by the ending. So, if you’re one of those people you can go to my SUPER SECRET SPOILER page and read my thoughts on it.
Okay, that’s about it for now. December is a busy time for me, but I’m going to squeeze in one more update before Christmas (hopefully with some early sales results for Dynasty of Evil).