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January 25, 2021

Rumors of the demise of ol’ Seamie Eaton are, as such rumors tend to be, greatly exaggerated. There are places to go still, and things to undo, and no Covid or Capitol unrest or cod for lunch is going to thwart those grim and enduring and disproportionate realities. William lives, man, he lives, and the others, they live, and they’ve got much to say, much to do, and much to know. Like you, if you’re still out there and still with me.

The second book is 96% done. The last 4% represents a 2000% increase in anal agony, doncha know, but I’ve been there before, and if you’re alive and kicking in this day and age, so have you. We persist. We do what’s in front of us to do.

There have been chunks of time during which I hid from writing, if I’m honest. The story is so big, the possibilities so punitively endless…but Arba wouldn’t leave me be. It haunts, it bugs, it wakes me up. In other words, like Seamus, it lives and will at some point lurch forward.

From what I understand, there are other fantasy writers out there who take many years to come out with books 2, 3, 4, whichever…so if Arba the Second is published before August, I’m way ahead of the game, coming in at under three years. And if I’m honest, I can tell you Book 3 is largely written as well. It has to do with (and here I hope I don’t reveal too much) sometimes writing a chapter but not being quite sure where in the story it belongs. Sometimes it doesn’t belong anywhere.

I hope you and all those you love are healthy and sane and waiting on, if they haven’t already received it, the vaccine that just may let us all hug, toast, wrestle, high-five, slow dance and huddle again. Like so many of you, I’ve gotten by without giving much thought to what it all means, what it all costs, and what changed. What don’t we know about this pandemic and its impact? What will we never know?

Not sure. That’s the point. But what I do know (to quote Morpheus) is: WE ARE STILL HERE!

A second book is coming…

So after a hugely, and I mean HUGELY successful sojourn to the Long Island Geek Convention this month, I am off and running with renewed inspiration to finish the second book in the series. Those of you who’ve read The Ashorne’s Ingress understand that it very much requires a follow-up — and if you haven’t read the first, well, you know now anyway, doncha?

Not unusual for books in this genre to beget more books, methinks. We all know about the efforts of GRRM…is it six books and counting now? Five? And there are plenty of other wonderful series to dive into as well. I’m not promising five or six books, but definitely two, maybe three…

Tentatively titled “The Pengyou Paradox”, the second book in the Arban Tales ‘series’ will be out sometime in the late spring of 2019. That’s if all goes according to plan, natch.

 

Go Jump in a River…

Or don’t. Your choice. “We decide which is right…

And which is an illusion…”  — Moody Blues

Okay so here is the blog for this Arban page. I first have to apologize to and share my frustration with y’all. I thought I knew a bit ’bout building a site but I’m having the darndest time getting my images and texts and tributes and observations to stick. Very frustrating.

I will set about making the corrections and updating one an all as to the Arban happenings.

For now, let me just say I am participating in the Long Island Geek Convention on Nov 17th and 18th at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge, NY.  Very excited for this event as it will be my first time sitting at a table in a room with a lot of people who are determined to ignore me.

Actually, that’s not true at all. I used to teach writing. That’s exactly how that was. But please come down and say hello if you are in the area. You may get a free book or a wise word or even a big schmoochie kiss out of it!