I know I haven't been around, but I have a very good reason: Alex Bledsoe and I have been working on a short story together, and if all collaborations were this much fun, I'd be emailing every author I know to work on one. As it stands, different writing styles can sometimes suck the fun out of such a collaboration, but not in this case. Alex and I have been rolling the story back and forth between us for the last few weeks and I read over my final edits this morning and sent them back to him.
We'll be talking more about the story in the coming weeks, but it involves songs and snakes and spans two continents. It also made me laugh out loud in places (that was Alex's touch), and I got to introduce a set of characters that I really enjoy writing (my Los Nefilim).
If you're not already familiar with Alex's Tufa novels, you should check out The Hum and the Shiver and A Wisp of Thing. That way, you'll be all caught up when Long Black Curl comes out in 2015.
Likewise in 2015, my novella, In Midnight's Silence, will feature a more detailed story with characters from my new series Los Nefilim.
In the meantime, I have a picture of my cat for you--just what the Internet needs: another picture of a sardonic cat. If you think of a witty caption, make a meme, and email it to me at frohockt (at) gmail (dot) com. I'll post the meme on my blog. If I get enough of them, I'll run a contest and think of a prize ... something to do with books, maybe an Amazon or B&N gift card.
Here's the picture. Amuse yourself with editorial cat ... he is not impressed with your work ethic: