Rob’s Update: Coming Around the Bend

Week 37 of 2023

Greetings all

It’s amazing how productive I can be during weeks where I don’t have to travel. This was a very good week, and for the first time in a long time, I averaged over 1000 new words a day.

The main work was in Farewell, My Ugly, where I added over 7000 new words, plus did final edits on over half of it. The end and off to the editor should happen next week.

It’s finally coming around the bend. Thank goodness.

I also did work on the project coming out after that. I’ll talk about it more, but I started a short story in it and I got about 1600 words written in that one too.

Where Now the Rider
Where Now the Rider

The big news this week, however, is I have a cover reveal! Where Now the Rider comes out on October 3rd, and here’s the cover. Many thanks to J. Caleb Designs for yet another great cover. As, of course, we expected because he is one of the best cover artists in the business.

This was also a great week for working on the building. We started laying floor in the big room. I expect we’ll have pictures next week because we’re done.

We also got the AirBnB cleaned out. We’re aiming for that to be available in October, but there’s a long way to go.

Finally, at some point next week, I can start organizing books. Plus there’s stock coming in for the quilt store. Hopefully next week we’ll have a logo to show off.

It’s been a great week. I hope yours go just as well!

What I’m Listening To

With our current setup, it’s really easy for me to watch Thursday Night Football and do my update. So, guess what I’m doing now?

Quote of the Week

“Give me a ping, Vasily. One ping only.”

Happy birthday to Sam Neill, who played Vasily Borodin in The Hunt for Red October. Here’s a quote from him, something I’m glad I’ve learned along the way.

“Failure is never quite so frightening as regret.”
– Sam Neill

Rob’s Riddles

I have a Patreon where I write Old English style riddles and provide snippets of my work. You can find it here:, along with a sample riddle.

I’ve done a bad job here, this week. Been focused on Farewell, My Ugly.

First Line of Next Riddle:

I gave birth to an age in elementary fashion

Latest Snippet: Chapter 1 of The Eyes of a Doll.

New Mythology Works in Progress

Of note, this now includes our recent releases, so if you’re not sure what we’ve put out lately, you can go here and check.

Rob’s Works in Progress

  • Sowing Spring’s Wrath (3,213)
  • Ruriksaga (48,341)
  • Farewell, My Ugly (92,673)
  • Rick Blaine (8,845)
  • The Feasting of Vengeance (3,405)

Upcoming Events

New Releases

And more in the high-intensity Abner Fortis, ISMC series from P.A. Piatt. This time it’s Peace Dividend and you can get it here:

Nic Plume completes her Shadows of Peace trilogy with Tinaree: Tempered by Blood. You can get it here:

Your pre-release this week is book 4 of Kevin Ikenberry’s Guardian Covenant series. It’s entitled Volunteer Fury and you can get it here:

The Eyes of a Doll is live! Get it here:

Tracked Items

Today’s Weight: 354.2

Updated Word Count: 212,115

Firehall Sagas Archives: 737 entries

Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.

Have a great week, everyone.

Rob Howell

Creator of the Firehall Sagas Universe

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