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March 2015

HadassahOkay, so remember last month when I posted an awesome Phèdre and Joscelin cosplay pic and said I didn't think anyone would top them this year? Well, damned if I didn't get another fantastic Phèdre photo! This version of the marque, by the way, was created by Angela at Kushiel Concepts.

Last month also saw a couple of nice features generated by the re-launch of Kushiel's Dart, particularly this reread on Tor.com, which offers some insightful commentary, and a nice article on io9.com crowning Phèdre the greatest courtesan-spy in epic fantasy.

Unsurprisingly, there's also been a new spate of readers wondering if I'll ever return to Terre d'Ange. At this point in time, the answer is still no, probably not, but yes, I still reserve the right to change my mind if my Muse decides otherwise. I wrote about this issue in a post back in November 2013, but I've also answered the question elsewhere by noting that that world has been very deeply mined for story.

What, exactly, do I mean by that? For starters, Kushiel's Dart sets a very high bar. It ultimately centers around Skaldia's invasion and very nearly successful attempt to conquer Terre d'Ange. In terms of plot, that's a major trump card to play in the first book of a series. Once you've played a card like that, you can't play it again. That's one of the main reasons why so much of the action of subsequent books takes place outside of Terre d'Ange - I'd already played out the highest-stakes scenario possible in Terre d'Ange itself, and had to find different ways to threaten our beloved realm from both within and without, and give my heroines and heroes journeys that were epic in scope.

StarIn the process, I played a lot of major trump cards - abduction, betrayal, murder, prophesy, amnesia (double amnesia!), revenge, imprisonment, possession, colonization, human sacrifice... it's a long list. Don't get me wrong, I loved every minute of it (okay, except Darşanga), but at this juncture, I simply can't conceive of another story that would a) hold up to the epic scope of the previous books, yet b) feel fresh and original in that particular milieu. A different setting with completely different characters, cultures and dynamics, yes. Not this one.

That's not to say it doesn't exist - but inspiration can't be forced. If it should strike, you'll be the first to know! Well, maybe after my agent and an editor or two.

Meanwhile, yes, I am working on something, a project I'm still not ready to unveil. It's altogether different from anything I've done before, and it's challenging me as a writer in awesome, exciting, and intimidating ways. That's how I'm spending the long winter months here in the real-life Pemkowet!


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