Continuing my trend of making at least a monthly update, this month’s big news is, of course, the release of Pavlov’s House. (Read it on Strange Horizons here.)

It’s my first pro-level short fiction sale, and it is probably one of my best works to date. In brief, it’s about one of the dogs from War Dog, coming to terms with some rough stuff that happened in Tajikistan, and eventually digging into parts of the long mentioned crowdfunded civil war.

There’s a lot going on in there, and I hope people who’ve followed the dogs this far will enjoy it! It’s even gotten some fairly nice reviews, here and here.

My other big news is that I’ve finished what I’ve called the first-and-a-halfth draft of Dog Country, which covers a lot more of the civil war, and I’ve been getting some encouraging feedback, but I really need to figure out how to rework certain early scenes to keep things interesting while not entirely replicating the stuff that happened in Marginalized Populations.

Also, visited the Viking exhibition going on at the British Museum. Surprisingly inspiring, to the point where I’ve been listening to a lot of Viking metal again. Clearly I need to do something swords-and-sorecery-ish at some point!

Other than that, I’ve been taking my month relatively slow, quiet, and slacky. I’ve started keeping a notebook for my Kerbal Space Program adventures, which adds a surprising amount to the game! I. … I guess I’m a nerd. ;_; But a published one!