A Quick Missive From The Trenches…
I’ve been quiet lately, and for good reason. The first is that it’s spring cleanup here at Casa Knight, and I’m decisively engaged in all-out warfare against crabgrass. Not terribly exciting, but not everything in life is wrapped up in gold lamé and served on silver platters. This year though, I plan on being victorious, and vanquishing my nemesis from my lawn for at least this summer.
The second is that I’m also decisively engaged on a second front, banging out the first draft of Hackett’s War, a novella that I mentioned some time ago. I’ve based it very loosely on the organization formerly known as Blackwater (now Xe) and a hostage rescue operation they embark upon. This is no horror story; it’s all about a special breed of warriors who launch into action when bigger, better equipped governments cannot. I’ve just passed the 16,000 word mark, with a final end target range of 25,000-30,000. And once Hackett and his amigos are put to bed, I return to a formerly stalled collaboration with the rather polished Derek Paterson, a murder mystery/police procedural/thriller that revolves around a shady Chinese businessman and his ties to both criminal gangs and the bad old days of Communist China. It promises to be fun, and part of that fun is coming up with a title that doesn’t have the word “Dragon” in it. (Or “Tiger”, either.)
More later, folks. In the meantime, keep the faith, and keep leaning forward in the foxhole.