an unexpected gift

Shaman Rises cover

I’m doing copy edits, which is the least fun part of anything, on SHAMAN RISES. They’re actually very light this time; the only real issue is that the copy editor and I have a violent disagreement over the Oxford comma (I am pro; she is con).

Anyway, so I was reading along and suddenly something TOTALLY UNEXPECTED happened in the book!

And then something else TOTALLY UNEXPECTED happened! And–it kept happening! I had completely forgotten all of the revisions that I’d done last summer, and I was sitting there reading my own manuscript with one hand clapped over my mouth while I held my breath and, wide-eyed, kept scrolling to see what was going to happen next.

This happens *incredibly* rarely. Like, I can pretty well read the Strongbox Chronicles because I wrote them so fast it’s like someone else’s work, and there was one scene in URBAN SHAMAN that shocked me every time the first 15 times or so I read it.

But this is a whole chunk, a good quarter of the book, that’s almost completely new to me. I’ve been having moments of “OH GOD I REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENS NOW” and “AUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH NO OH NO AUUUUUUUUUUGH” and I feel like I’ve been given a wonderful gift, the ability to read the last book in the Walker Papers as a reader.

Obviously I’m the Ideal Reader for my books, but boy, if this affects my readers in general half as much as it’s affected me, I’ll consider this book a great triumph. Wow.

4 Comments


  1. Cannot WAIT but am sad for this wonderful relationship to end. It’s been a fantastic trip.


  2. I am so going to be sad when this series ends……


  3. Under “comma” in a style guide I wrote, I said, “Including the Oxford comma is never incorrect or ambiguous; its lack often is.”

    I have never understood how anyone can object to its use – although I did encounter one person who in all seriousness said that it should not be used in order to save on printer’s ink. o.O

    And on reading one’s own work anew? Yeah, it’s a rush to think, “Damn, that’s well written! I wish I could write like that. Wait a minute—I did!”


  4. I can’t wait to read Shaman Rises, but i would prefer if it wasn’t the last book in the Walker Papers.
    And i’m not even a fan of long series!

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