FAMILY: Both Vicky and Gabriel had their surgeries and have recovered nicely. On initial evaluation Gabe does appear to be behaving overall better, but it'll take a while to be sure. Kathy's pregnancy is causing her the usual plethora of Pain In The Ass symptoms (ranging from indigestion to exhaustion and nausea) but she's doing well in general and the baby is kicking in a healthy manner. Maria and Donny are scheduled to move out next week, I believe, which will give us two rooms back.
WRITING: I am at close to 70,000 words for Polychrome (AKA The Story That Made Me Write It Or Else), 45-50,000 words for Fall of Saints, and I just this morning had a revelation on how I can fix some of the problems I was having with Spheres of Influence, not that I'm going back to it soon unless GCA does well or Toni asks for it. I've been sent the current proposed cover by Stephen Hickman and it's BEAUTIFUL -- captures the spirit of the book and uses one of the actual scenes in the book (with some modification for artistic license, of course). I'm also planning on doing some personal publicity for GCA, and to that end a couple of kindly fans (you know who you are, but I don't know if you want me to blab it here) have been working on some images I can put into a YouTube video ad/trailer, and they're looking REALLY good. Alas that I can't get real animation (rather than what I'll have to do, which will be some artistic fades from stills), but that would probably cost more than any book I ever write would make. I *am* seriously considering a billboard ad in the local area, about a month before release. Billboards appear to be startlingly inexpensive, relatively speaking.