I’ve been deep in PARTIALS-land the last few weeks, first writing the sequel and then touring with the first one, and my website maintainence has faltered. I apologize. I have now gone through and approved all the pending comments, and I stand forth now to write for you a blog post. We have a lot to talk about, so strap in:
1) The Partials sequel, which for a while was called FRAGMENTS, and then FAILSAFE, and is now back to FRAGMENTS, is progressing nicely; it’s not as done as I’d like it to be, but it’s good. My editor is working on the first part while I work on finishing the second part, so don’t worry, you WILL have it by next year, presumably end of February. And yes, I will be back in the US to tour with it, at least for a few weeks.
2) If you absolutely CANNOT wait until February/March for more PARTIALS, I have good news: during the last week I took a break from FRAGMENTS and wrote a piece of short fiction in the PARTIALS universe, and you’ll be getting it sometime this fall. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will cryptically say this: it’s kind of a flashback-y thing about one of my very favorite minor characters in the book, and gives some interesting hints on the topic of “how did we get from here to there?” You will get more info on this soon, possibly this summer.
3) Speaking of touring, and of not being in the US, offers have already started to roll in from some places in Europe, and I’ll be doing a lot of touring while there. I’ll post more details soon, but if I’ve got a book debuting in your market anytime in the next 14 months, I hope to be there in person. We’ll see.
4)BIG NEWS: my Twitter buddies noticed a few weeks back that I changed my username from @johncleaver to @thedanwells. This was the first step of a very broad re-branding of my online presence, which is marketing-speak for “I have a new website and Facebook page.” The reason I was @johncleaver instead of @danwells, and the reason you’re currently reading fearfulsymmetry.net instead of danwells.com, is that there’s a very web-savvy actor who shares my name, and he already owns that name pretty much everywhere. I made do, but I didn’t do it very intelligently; all of my various web platforms used different names, and some of the most visible ones, like Twitter, were married too closely to my first book series. That was fine when I only had one book series, but now that I have BLACKER DARKNESS and PARTIALS and (in about two months) THE HOLLOW CITY, I needed to tweak a bunch of stuff to make it about me, and by extension ALL of my books, instead of just one of them.
So: I now have a new website, TheDanWells.com. I chose TheDanWells because a) it wasn’t taken anywhere yet, so I could use the same name for everything, and b) I’m totally self-confident enough (my Mom uses the term ‘arrogant’) to call myself ‘The’ Dan Wells. All you other Dan Wellses are pretty awesome, too, but there you go. I got the idea from Kevin J. Anderson, who goes by @theKJA on Twitter, so thanks for the cool idea, Kevin. I also have a Facebook fan page by that name, which I’ll be trying to send people to, and which will include a lot more of my business-related stuff to help spare my poor family who couldn’t possibly care less about my signing in Houston or wherever.
What this means for you: possibly nothing. This website will continue to exist, and I will continue to blog on it, and the two websites will link back and forth freely. Some of the stuff here will migrate more permanently there (such as the book pages and bio) and some of the stuff there will migrate more permanently here (such as, maybe, the event calendar), but for all practical purposes you can think of it as a single website where half the pages have a different domain name. People looking me up for the first time will end up there, and old-timers who want to read the blog and such will end up here. If you’re already my friend on Facebook, you may or may not want to subscribe to the fan page as well; we’ll see how that pans out as I use it more. We’ll also be updating a lot of other online portals, such as Goodreads, to use TheDanWells as well, but that won’t really affect any current users. For now, go check out the new website! It’s awesome.
5) I have MANY books and things to blog about, notably Mary Robinette Kowal’s awesome new GLAMOUR IN GLASS, but this is too long and unfocused already, so you’ll probably get that tomorrow. For now, I’ll end with a hearty “What You Should Be Watching on Netflix” recommendation: PAUL SIMON: GRACELAND, a very detailed documentary about the creation of one of my favorite music albums ever. Simon wrote the album in collaboration with a bunch of singers/musicians/dancers from South Africa, and there are some cool interviews with most of them and of course with Simon and his producers as well. My favorite sequence shows Simon sitting at a mixing board listening to the title track (which he calls “the best thing I ever wrote”) and responding to it, calling out little bits here and there, explaining why he did it one way or how they arrived a final bit of background music, and it’s awesome. If you’re interested in music and/or the creative/collaborative process, I think you’d get a kick out of it even if you’ve never heard the album before. (And if you’ve never heard the album before, seriously: it’s one of the all-time greats. When I posted a playlist a few months ago, of music that defines who I am, one of the tracks was from Graceland. Check it out.)