Last months were hellish, but at least I can say - my 2nd year of PhD is officially done. Two more left. I start to believe I can actually finish my thesis (yay!). I don't have any further plans so far - my life plan, carefully crafted in high school, a bit messed up in process, but still working, did not reach THAT far. I'd like to work as a fully-fledged scientist, of course; but that demands leadership qualities and other skills that aren't my natural talents and I don't know if I have "it". Well, we'll see.
I'd like to make my place in literature as well, at least in the popculture.
So, leaving starry-eyed dreams, I've written that story. Both of them. The first one is definitely going to be published as soon as I correct it (Dang!). It carries some resemblance to Tortilla Flat and Amber, and it is a standalone, loosely bound with City of Mages.
The second one is a short mainstream story, and these are hard to publish and even harder to get written well (and I mean it, there's a lot of crappy mainstream published in serious magazines)
. So in case nobody wants it, or I get bored sending it, I'll just post it somewhere. It's too small for me to evoke any serious attachment; that means, like with my poems, I'm okay with spamming the net, lackadaisy-style.
Now - I have good and bad news. The bad news is that the 3rd tome won't be finished this year. The good is that before I start writing it, I'm going to write more City of Mages stories. So there will be, hopefully, at least two more. One of them probably involves a very young Timothy Hawkins.