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DrakeNews – Dave’s Newsletter

DrakeNews is Dave’s occasional newsletter (think of it as a long blog entry) distributed by e-mail subscription and posted here on the website.  The first newsletter was distributed November 14, 2000, and all of them are archived here (or will … Continue reading

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Newsletter #96

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 96: March 1, 2017 Dear People, Well, the big news is that I seem to have gotten up to normal production in my writing. Though Hell Should Bar the Way is above 70K in draft and is proceeding … Continue reading

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Newsletter #95

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 95: January 5, 2017 Dear People, I seem to be starting the new year with a notable lack of enthusiasm. This is my fault, not that of the world. There’s certainly enough bad with the world, but there … Continue reading

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Newsletter #94

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 94: November, 2016 Dear People, Usually my big news is what’s happening with my current work. This time the big news is what happened to my most recent work, the novel I completed for Tor. It will instead … Continue reading

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Newsletter #93.5

Newsletter #93.5 October 3, 2016 Dear People, All is well, but there won’t be a real newsletter till next month. The main reason for the delay is that my webmaster Karen, who does the work of getting it out, is … Continue reading

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Newsletter #93

NEWSLETTER 93: August 4, 2016 Dear People, I’m not exactly back to normal from our trip to Greece, but I’m getting there. Still no trip report, but that will come. I did do the absolute top priority, though: finish Reconquest, … Continue reading

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Newsletter #92

NEWSLETTER #92: June 8, 2016 Dear People, This is a trifle late and will probably be short, for the same reason in both cases: my wife and I just got back from two weeks in Greece. That’s the big news … Continue reading

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Newsletter #91

Drake Newsletter #91: 6 April, 2016 Dear People, You know, one of the things I’ve told myself for the past few years on New Year’s Eve is, “Well, nobody close to me died this year.” Then this January David Hartwell, … Continue reading

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Newsletter #90

NEWSLETTER #90: February 3, 2016 Dear People, I guess my big news is that I’ve completed the plot for the new Tor series (which is space opera in the same fashion that Northworld is space opera). (No, it isn’t anything … Continue reading

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Newsletter #89

NEWSLETTER #89 December 1, 2015 Dear People, Lots of news this time around. Most important to me is that I’ve started plotting the next novel, a completely different space opera for Tor. It’s early days yet, but the business is … Continue reading

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Newsletter #88

NEWSLETTER 88: October 1, 2015 Dear People, First, this is late (we’re starting a new two-month schedule with it) because of timing rather than anything really bad. I went to England at the end of August, and my webmaster Karen … Continue reading

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Newsletter #87

Newsletter 87: July 7, 2015 Dear People, I continue to chunk forward on DEATH’S BRIGHT DAY, the next RCN space opera. I’m at over 80K as I write this. I’ll have more to say about this at the end of … Continue reading

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Newsletter #86

NEWSLETTER 86: May 5, 2015 Dear People, Death’s Bright Day, the next RCN space opera, is chunking along. I’m at 37.4K this morning (but am taking a break to write this newsletter). I trimmed the plot before I started; now … Continue reading

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Newsletter #85

NEWSLETTER 85: March 6, 2015 Dear People, I have a complete plot for the next RCN space opera. Furthermore, I have a title: Into Death’s Bright Day. I’m going to give the plot another pass to smooth things out so … Continue reading

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Newsletter #84

NEWSLETTER 84: January 6, 2015 Dear People, Happy New Year, all of you. I hope that you’re doing well and that 2015 goes well for you, whatever that means in your terms. Things with me are fine. I said in … Continue reading

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Newsletter #83

NEWSLETTER 83: November 3, 2014 Dear People, I’m between projects now, so I’m spinning my wheels wildly. This is the same thing each time so I’m not complaining…. Well, heck, maybe I am complaining. Nobody drafted me into this job. … Continue reading

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Newsletter #82

Newsletter 82: September 2, 2014 Dear People, I finished! I finished Air and Darkness! Free at last! Well, it certainly felt like that. This one was slower going than most. I continued to get daily wordage, but it wasn’t as … Continue reading

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Newsletter #81

NEWSLETTER 81: July 11, 2014 Dear People, All is well, but I don’t have much to say. This is a placeholder just to assure people that I haven’t died or given up writing or been kidnapped by white slavers. I … Continue reading

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Newsletter #80

NEWSLETTER 80: May 2, 2014 Dear People, Air and Darkness, the last of the four Books of the Elements fantasies for Tor, proceeds. As usual, it isn’t rocketing along, but I’m making steady progress. And grumping a lot because I’m … Continue reading

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Newsletter #79

NEWSLETTER 79: March 4, 2014 Dear People, I’m beavering away at Air and Darkness, the final Book of the Elements for Tor. I’m in the middle of chapter four. Things are falling into place bit by bit, as they do. … Continue reading

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Newsletter #78

NEWSLETTER # 78: January 13, 2014 Dear People, I have a rough plot for Air and Darkness! And I’m about halfway through polishing and expanding it, though there’s a lot of work to go before I start writing… but writing … Continue reading

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Newsletter #77

NEWSLETTER #77: November 3, 2013 Dear People, Two months ago I said I had a direction on the plot for Air and Darkness, the final novel in the Books of the Elements fantasy series for Tor. The plotting has proceeded, … Continue reading

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Newsletter #76

DRAKE NEWSLETTER 76: September 1, 2013 Dear People, MONSTERS OF THE EARTH, the third of my Books of the Elements, is out from Tor. The Donato cover painting and the production treatment are just as good as they have been … Continue reading

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Newsletter #75

NEWSLETTER 75: July 8, 2013 Dear People, I’m exhausted. In the past two months I’ve finished the rough of The Sea Without a Shore, the next RCN space opera, at 123,020 words; and I’ve spent two weeks in Italy. (I’ll … Continue reading

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Newsletter #74

NEWSLETTER 74: April 15, 2013 Dear People, This is a trifle early, but Jo (my wife) and I are going off to Italy at the end of the month for two weeks with a couple we’ve known for about 40 … Continue reading

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Newsletter #73

NEWSLETTER 73: March 5, 2013 Dear People, I am chunking ahead on the next RCN (Leary/Mundy) space opera, THE SEA WITHOUT A SHORE. More accurately, for the past couple days I’ve been slogging through mental mud on the novel, but … Continue reading

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Newsletter #72

NEWSLETTER 72: January 6, 2013 Dear People, The big news from my viewpoint is that I’ve completed a plot outline for the next RCN (Leary/Mundy) space opera. My working title is The Sea Without a Shore, from The Barrel Organ … Continue reading

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Newsletter #71

NEWSLETTER 71: November 6, 2012 Dear People, I fully intended when I wrote the immediately previous newsletter (70) to simply relax for a month. Believe me, I needed it. But my main form of relaxation is to read stuff, and … Continue reading

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Newsletter #70

NEWSLETTER 70: September 18, 2012 Dear People, I finished the novel! The title is now MONSTERS OF THE EARTH. I changed the title at the last moment from Demons from the Earth because I realized that though there were demons, … Continue reading

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Newsletter #69

NEWSLETTER 69: July 16, 2012 Dear People, This is late, not because anything awful has happened, but because I’ve been dropping stitches. Lots of stitches. The big news in this period is that we’ve gotten a Certificate of Occupancy for … Continue reading

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Newsletter #68

NEWSLETTER 68: May 15, 2012 Dear People, The third of the Books of the Elements fantasy series for Tor, DEMONS FROM THE EARTH (or another title that has Earth, and probably Demons, in it somewhere), is chunking along happily. More … Continue reading

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Newsletter #67

NEWSLETTER 67: March 5, 2012 Dear People, I’m hard at work on the next Tor fantasy, Demons from the Earth; the third of the Books of the Elements. When I first start writing a novel, that’s always the big news … Continue reading

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Newsletter #66

NEWSLETTER 66: January 5, 2012 Dear People, Jeepers, a new year yet again. I hope you all–and all of us–have a good one. I’m at work on the plot for my next Tor fantasy, which at the moment I’m calling … Continue reading

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Holiday Greetings 2011

Happy Very Non-Denominational Holidays from Dave

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Newsletter #65

NEWSLETTER 65: November 7, 2011 Dear People, I’ve finished the plot for Into the Maelstrom, which will be the sequel to Into the Hinterlands when John Lambshead writes it next year. (Next year isn’t nearly as far away as I … Continue reading

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Newsletter #64

NEWSLETTER 64: September 7, 2011 Dear People, INTO THE HINTERLANDS, the space opera which John Lambshead wrote from my outline, should be out by the time you read this. I’m ridiculously pleased with the book. John’s style is nothing like … Continue reading

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Newsletter #63

NEWSLETTER 63: July 4, 2011 Dear People, I have written a(nother) novel! The Road of Danger, the latest RCN (Leary/Mundy) space opera went off to Baen Books at 124,889 words. For the moment it feels good, but I’ll shortly start … Continue reading

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Newsletter #62

Dear People, I am in the stage now in which the current book (this time it’s The Road of Danger, the next Leary/Mundy space opera) moves forward about as steadily as Juggernaut’s Carriage. The process is about that graceful also, … Continue reading

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Newsletter #61

Dear People, In the immediately previous newsletter I said that I’d finished my rough plot for The Road of Danger (the next RCN space opera). The book is now at 32K and rising at the usual steady rate. This is … Continue reading

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Newsletter #60

Dear People, I have a rough plot outline for the next RCN space opera, The Road of Danger. (The title is from a poem by A E Housman.) Whee! A rough plot may not seem very exciting to other people, … Continue reading

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Holiday Greetings 2010

Happy Holidays (your choice) From Dave

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Newsletter #59

Dear People, Just as I predicted in Newsletter 58, I’m completely wrung out. Most of that is connected with the one major thing in this newsletter: I completed OUT OF THE WATERS, the second (of four) fantasies in my new … Continue reading

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Newsletter #58

Dear People, I’m completely wrung out, but I’m going to be even more exhausted soon. I finished the rough draft of OUT OF THE WATERS, the second fantasy in the new Tor series at 154,384 words and have just completed … Continue reading

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Greetings from England

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Newsletter #57

Dear People, The most exciting news this time has very little to do with me. I am therefore turning the stage over to my webmaster, Karen Zimmerman: The new web site is up at http://david-drake.com.  Our very simple original web … Continue reading

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Newsletter #56

Dear People, I’m in the middle of the third chapter of MONSTERS OF THE SEAS, the second (of four) novels in my new fantasy series for Tor. It’s moving along at the usual comfortable rate… which as usual isn’t nearly … Continue reading

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Newsletter #55

Dear People, I’m going to start with something positive: I’ve now seen a cover comp for THE LEGIONS OF FIRE, the first of four books in my new fantasy series, due from Tor as a May, 2010, hardcover. I’d seen … Continue reading

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Newsletter #54

Dear People, Quite a lot has been happening. First and foremost in my mind, I turned in WHAT DISTANT DEEPS, the latest RCN (Leary/Mundy) space opera, to Baen Books the day after I got back from World Fantasy Con. I’d … Continue reading

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Newsletter #53

Dear People, WHAT DISTANT DEEPS, the next RCN (Leary/Mundy) space opera, isn’t quite finished. It’s coming along fine and I’ve got well over 100K words in draft–but it just flat isn’t done. I’ll be a lot happier when it’s finished. … Continue reading

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Newsletter #52

Dear People, In the most recent newsletter I said that I’d just started the rough draft of the next RCN space opera, WHAT DISTANT DEEPS. I now have a hair under 60K in draft. As usual, I’m very depressed about … Continue reading

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