Another Groundhog Day, another February, another year. Right now I am trying to push through revisions on Over Time so that I can get it to Kit before he leaves on a long trip, and other things (including the newsletter) have gone temporarily on hold. BUT not the Patreon, where I recently posted art by Rukis, a bonus story I wrote about Coach Samuelson, and of course the ongoing story of a tennis-playing jackal.
Ongoing projects apart from Over Time (which is the fifth and final book in the OOP series, if you didn’t know that), short run-through (for the full run through, check the newsletter when it comes out a little later this week):
* Divisions audiobook is progressing slowly along. I need to listen to revisions Savrin has made. When I know it will be coming out, I promise I will tell people.
* I will have a new story up on FA and SoFurry late this week or early next.
* Camouflage is still in negotiations with various editors for a print version, more news as events warrant.
So I am here, still around (on Twitter mostly), but keeping very busy. Oh. Super Bowl thoughts, if anyone cares: I don’t really care much for either of the teams, but I am delighted that it was won by an undrafted rookie making his first career interception. Those are the stories that make me keep following sports. Also I don’t fault Pete Carroll for calling the pass in that situation–it definitely wasn’t the optimal strategy, but it was far from a stupid call. In sports (as in life), you have to separate the decision from the outcome. Coaches have made stupid decisions that turned out well; many good decisions have turned out poorly. If Carroll had called for nothing but running and the New England D had held at the goal line (expecting a run, this was possible), people would have lambasted him for being uncreative. If Wilson (the QB) throws that slant pass a half-second sooner, or a foot more accurately, or doesn’t tip off the cornerback by looking to that side, and Seattle scores a TD and goes on to win, then Carroll’s a genius. Slant passes are generally pretty low-risk, and the outside receiver was supposed to pick off the defender. Seattle just didn’t execute. And even after the interception, they had a chance. New England didn’t have room on the field to kneel; they would have to run a play. If Seattle stayed disciplined, they had a chance to get a safety, which would have brought them within 2 points and forced New England to kick off to them, so they’d have had the ball around the 20 or 30 with, say, 15 seconds left and needing only a field goal to win. Alas, Seattle jumped offsides and then New England had room to kneel and the game was over.
Okay, so I’ve been watching the Super Bowl too, but I’m writing a football book. That totally counts as research.