Recently I announced I was quitting freelance editing and would not take new clients after the end of September. I called it the next step in my long retirement that began four years ago when I left my job at the Senate of Canada. Last year brought the end to Bundoran Press and this year I say goodbye to my freelance gig. It's been great helping good books get better and working with a wide range of authors, but it's time to move on and focus on the writing of one author -- me!
My science fiction writing has slowed somewhat though I continue to finish two or four stories a year while my last novel makes the rounds of publishers and agents but I've kept busy with other non-SF projects, notably a series of mystery novels set in Paris between the wars. The first is finished and ready to go while a second drafted and going through final edits. A third is well underway and I already have the central ideas for two more. Plenty to keep me busy until I finally call it quits or head for the retirement home in the sky, whichever comes first.
While I am still pursuing traditional publishing routes for my science fiction, I've decided to take a different route for my mystery series. Indie publishing is tough road but it's one I've decided to go down. If I sell a lot of books, that's fine, but if I don't, that's normal. Hopefully, I'll find a few readers and in the meantime, I'm really enjoying the process of researching and writing the books. Once we are travelling again, a return trip to Paris (my fourth) may be essential to get the details right.
Some of you may have heard that I've also started studying the craft of poetry--but don't worry, I won't be inflicting the public with those efforts anytime soon. Still, it's a lot of fun, almost as much fun as my daily struggles with learning Spanish and my work on the condo board (okay, that one's only fun for weird definitions of fun).
Gosh, who knew retirement could be so busy?