Welcome to the June 2010 issue of the Musings of the Othar. This month’s Feature Article will be examining Charles Stross’ Halting State. Written in the second person point-of-view, Halting State provides a unique reading experience while also being an excellent story. I found it to be a poignant look into our not-too-distant future, and I think Stross did an excellent job of extrapolating a plausible society based on today’s technology. More on this can be found in the Feature Article.
The Fayersae Histories continue this month, and our scene stays with Findian and Avanian in the mountains outside of Spirit. Once again, I have found that penning these back-stories has provided a better contextual framework for the ongoing storyline in the Harmony of the Othar Saga. For those who may have missed an episode or two, the previous month’s installments can always be found online in the Full Fayersae Histories Archive.
I’d like to remind everyone again that the web site for Animus of Hauden, book two in the Harmony of the Othar Saga is up; please visit Animus of Hauden if you haven’t had the chance yet.
Also, things moved very quickly this month regarding the release of book two, Animus of Hauden. The eBook versions are now available from Smashwords, although shipments to all of their affiliates may not have been completed by the time you read this. I have completed work on the cover and the interior layout for the print version, and I expect to make it available in the July/August timeframe. As always, look for an announcement via my Facebook page or check the web site periodically for updates.
Due to so much time spent getting Animus of Hauden ready for the reading public, I only completed about three quarters of what I intended to on book three this month. It seems I could use more hours in a day.
This month also saw my first speaking engagement/book-signing. I was invited to my daughter’s school as a visiting author, and I’d like to thank everyone at the International School of Minnesota, particularly librarian Sara Reich, for organizing the event. I’d also like to thank the wonderful students for their enthusiastic and intelligent questions. They made it very easy for me since the exchange of questions and answers never lagged; although I should apologize to their instructors since we ran over our time and many of them were late for their next class. Again, thank you ISM for hosting the event. I hope I left the students as impressed with me as I was with them.
Anyway, this summarizes a busy May. I hope you enjoy this month’s installment of the Musing of the Othar as we move into the busy summer months. I already sense the summer passing too quickly, which may not be a good sign since we’re just getting started.
P.A. Seasholtz, Editor