Saturday, January 19, 2013

All But The Most Important...

Thirty-five boxes, very nearly the sum total of all we had in Japan, have now arrived safely in Honolulu. I will be spending the next I-don't-know-how-long going through them and finding out what made it and what didn't. So everything is here now, with the painful exception of my wife and daughter.

I am mystified by the visa process, how backward it seems. There are income requirements, and yet it seems you're forced to maintain two households (?!). Everything moves at a literal snail's pace and it seems that there is an aversion to computers, or at least to using them effectively and efficiently. There's a giant purgatorial gap between when USCIS is finished and when the NVC gets started. It's all working towards driving me a little crazy. But I suppose instead I should just be ashamed of my naivete.

Anyway, boxes, boxes, boxes...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Path to Loss: Progress Report 1

Approaching Infinity: Book Four
4,300 words

I thought I would need more of a break between finishing the last book and starting the new, but I was wrong, thankfully. I did realize, though, that the Approaching Infinity series, originally planned to be six books, would need to grow by one book. The Loss Queen, which would have been book 4, becomes book 5, and now we have The Path to Loss squeezing in between. It all works out nicely, I think, but I promise not to keep adding books in the middle to forever put off the ending. We are moving towards a climax and a conclusion (of sorts).

I was going to use some of the time between books to work on Expeditionary Squad, but as I have started on the next Approaching Infinity volume already, I'll try to work on both simultaneously. I haven't been very successful working on multiple projects at the same time in the past so keep your fingers crossed.