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Jan S. Gephardt at the keyboard. Photo by Colette Waters.

Did you ever have one of those projects you thought was just about done . . . except you needed to adjust this one thing.

And then that one thing led logically to another. And after that you discovered an excellent new technique and it would apply to this current project, so now if you just revamp these bits . . . .

Eventually it HAS to end. In this case I’m talking about the novel I am THIS CLOSE to having completely ready to start productionON or before September 3, 2018, it shall be done (or else).

For reals. mean it. Friends who know me will point, laugh, and say, “Got THAT right!” when I tell you I am not a fast writer. For all my ongoing efforts to be a well-organized, methodical “plotter,” the “pantser” in my soul frequently takes me walkabout, as a way to open up whole new projects through the “discovery method.”

Here’s the color comp for the cover of What’s Bred in the Bone, created by one of my favorite artists, Jody A. Lee, based on a scene from the book.

may not live long enough to finish all of the projects I already have in my files (partially developed through said “discovery method” and mostly set in the same fictional universe), but by God I’ll have fun writing them. I also hope people will have fun reading them–which necessitates finishing them, and publishing them.

That’s my current task: sternly striving not to let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and working on finishing a final, publishable version of What’s Bred in the Bone.

The world I currently inhabit for as many of my waking hours as possible these days is the one I’ve been writing about (and in which I’m making the aforementioned revisions).

Set in an indeterminate future era which I call the Twenty-Fourth-and-a-Half Century, most of the action takes place on Torus Two of Rana Habitat Space Station, through the eyes of an XK9: an enormous, genetically-engineered, cybernetically-enhanced police dog named Rex, as well as his mate Shady and his human partner Charlie.

Readings from What’s Bred in the Bone that I’ve done at science fiction conventions, such as DemiCon 29 and SoonerCon 27, have been met with enthusiasm, which is encouraging. Most of my beta-readers have been enthusiastic, too. If you’ll be at Worldcon 76, I have a 30-minute reading scheduled there on Monday, Aug. 20, 11:00 a.m. in Room 211A. I hope to see you there!

IMAGES: Many thanks to the talented Colette Waters for the enhanced reality represented by her photo of me, and to the amazing Jody A. Lee, for the color comp of the cover-art-that-will-be for What’s Bred in the Bone.

I’m excited to announce . . .

The Artdog Image of Interest

Lynette M. Burrows has revealed the cover of her upcoming new book, My Soul to Keep, with cover and art direction by Elizabeth Leggett (see Wednesday’s post for developmental sketches).

This is the first time I’ve ever announced a friend’s newly-released book cover as my Image of Interest, but I really want anyone who follows this blog to know about her upcoming book!

I’ve known Lynette for–let’s just say a LONG time. We’ve been each others’ writing cheerleaders and critique buddies for ages, so I’ve watched this book evolve and played a part (one of many who did!) in helping her focus and craft it.

I can tell you this for sure: it’s a really good story! It’s a fast-paced thriller set in an alternate timeline, in which the US turned into a theocracy, never entered World War II, and the Nazis won in Europe. The action in this novel takes place in 1961 of this alternate timeline, and focuses on four strong women who are pivotal at a pivotal moment in US history.

There is much more detail about the book on Lynette’s website. It’s currently in production, and is scheduled to be released in August, 2018. I’d like to encourage you to sign up for her e-newsletter (you already signed up for mine, right?) so you’ll know as soon as it’s available!

IMAGE: Many thanks to Lynette M. Burrows, who provided this image for me to use on this post. Learn more about Lynette and her book on her website!

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