Okay, for the folks who want to know, here's what I'm up to lately. :)

Over the past four months, I've been busy working several different things. First, I've been getting in some quality LARP time on weekends at least once a month. Hooah! It's really cool to not work weekends!

Oh, and some writing too:

First, our LARP organization is putting together a second rules set, one which hopefully will effectively transcend the stickiest problems of the current system. Chapters will be able to run whichever they like, but our hope is to create a system that is so nifty that you can't NOT want to play it. That's been a HUGE amount of work, and is going to be more, but we're getting to the point now where I'm impatient to have it finished because I wanna go PLAY it! It will be some serious fun.

I've done a trilogy of short stories with linked characters in which Bigfoot is Dresden's client. They take place spread out over the length of the series so far. The Bigfoot stories were about 40 percent of a novel in total page length. Then I sat down and wrote out the foundation for two more series: the first was a Black Company-inspired fantasy series which would be a prelude trilogy to my epic epic fantasy epic. The second is a steampunk fantasy series, with lots of airships, crystals, goggles, manners, and Hornblowerism. The steampunk stuff seems to be ringing the beta readers' bells, so I think that will be the next project I go to town on.

But that will probably have to wait. I have at least one more short story to get in before the year is up. It's for the "Dangerous Women" anthology, and I'm leaning toward writing it from Molly's point of view, in the time between Ghost Story and Cold Days. Come the new year, I'll start Cold Days. With any luck, there will be snow on the ground when it happens, and I can write the first few chapters with the only light in the room being reflected from the snow outside. That would be perfect. :)

Someone have a word with the people who schedule the weather, will you? :D

I'm just about done writing short stories. I've got two more next year and maybe one more novelette for the second short story anthology, and then I'm done with them. I need to focus on writing, you know, novels. :)
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message 1: by Candace (new)

Candace Pettit Steampunk + Jim Butcher...I'm in heaven!

message 2: by Pauline (new)

Pauline Wow, thanks for the update! So much more to keep an eye out for. Best of luck with the snow in January
: - )

message 3: by Tessa (new)

Tessa Eger Hey, I'll read steampunk if it's steampunk. Otherwise it leaves me pretty indifferent...Sorry, fans, it's just me, I know.

message 4: by Jeremy (new)

Jeremy Rober Molly is one of my favorite literary characters. I greatly look forward to hearing from her POV. Awesome!

message 5: by Missminae (new)

Missminae Sweet,Bigfoot! I loved the Naked City short story.

message 6: by Missminae (new)

Missminae Also, cartoons tell me that the weather can be controlled by Goliath the gargoyle when he's hopped up on Oden's eye(from the awesome mid '90's Disney cartoon-Gargoyles, the one that sometimes gets compared to Batman? Anyone?), so, I'll have a word with him as soon as someone makes a new Dresden tv series(didn't really dig the Canadian one). And brings back Gargoyles, for that matter- and I mean -bring it back-not remake it like they did with EVERY '80s cartoon EVER! :)

message 7: by Cor (new)

Cor ... the first was a Black Company-inspired fantasy series ...

I can´t wait to read that, didn´t even hope that somebody would write something like that.

message 8: by W. Jason (new)

W. Jason Allen Sounds like good stuff! Can't wait to read it. :D

message 9: by Krita (new)

Krita I am only just getting into the Dresden files and Harry is one heck of a guy! I am sure you hear this all the time, but you did a really nice job with him. He is a nicely layered character. I am anxiously anticipating getting into more of your work!
As for the snow...come on over to Calgary - we've got lots for you! I've got a great view of the cold and white from my balcony!

message 10: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Fabiano Cant wait!

message 11: by Mandy (new)

Mandy I'm almost done with the Codex Alera...then will be impatiently awaiting my next read. :)

message 12: by Gil (new)

Gil Hough I love hearing about your writing and your willingness to share your journey. Very helpful for my own attempts to write (Plug for Celestial Justice). I am a huge fan of the Harry Dresden books and enjoyed the Codex Alera books - the whole elemental magic system was very creative and would love to see what you could do in the Steampunk fantasy realm!

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Thank you so much for the time you put into your Novels- I am totally into the Dresden series. Reading something from Molly's POV would super cool!

message 14: by Michele (new)

Michele I am so excited to hear that you are starting the next dresden novel, I am just finishing ghost story now. I love the idea that you will be doing it with the actual snow inspiring you. Also, thank you, you may have just given me some new inspiration for my own visual art using the steampunk idea

message 15: by Flail (new)

Flail Around Woooooohooo I agree with Candace. Steampunk + Jim Butcher = heaven

message 16: by Leje (new)

Leje Molly's POV! I'm so excited :D I wanna know how she's been doing since the end of Ghost Story, especially after that last battle scene inside her head.

message 17: by Brian (new)

Brian Layman When you get a chance, do another season of the TV series too. that would be cool :)

message 18: by Sally (new)

Sally I love Steampunk! And I love your short stories. Though if you stop them for a bit to focus on novels I'll have nothing to complain about. :)

message 19: by Stygian (new)

Stygian Jim Awesome. That is all.

message 20: by Shoshana (new)

Shoshana Sternlicht Can't wait to read everything your working on. I'm especially lookgin forward to Molly's short story, Cold Days (for a moment I thougth you'd call it "Dark Knight"), and the new steampunk series.

I recently got into steampunk, so the combo of that with my favorite mystery writer make me one happy camper.

Jakesieckmangmail.com Cant wait to see your short story about molly(:
I really hope to see cold days soon as well!

message 22: by [deleted user] (new)

Jeremy wrote: "Molly is one of my favorite literary characters. I greatly look forward to hearing from her POV. Awesome!"

I'm with Jeremy. I love Molly and, wow, it was hard to watch her struggle through Ghost Story. Looking forward to her pov.

message 23: by Llsbear3 (new)

Llsbear3 Looking forward to COLD DAYS. Want to see how H.D. relates to his friends now that he the Winter Knight.

message 24: by Ruston (new)

Ruston Fritcher I would love to read a steampunk adventure from you! And a story from Molly's POV that is great. I guess that is why you get paid to do what you do huh.

message 25: by Jerbear84 (new)

Jerbear84 I am over joyed to find you on this website... you sir, are single-handedly responsible for re-igniting my love for both fantasy and detective novels, in one fell swoop... I am looking forward to reading more of your work, and If you have anything that either you have written, or that you yourself love thats by another author, Id greatly appreciate some suggestions :)

message 26: by Llsbear3 (new)

Llsbear3 To Jerbear84--Let me answer for J.B. read the CODEX

message 27: by Jerbear84 (new)

Jerbear84 Llsbear3 wrote: "To Jerbear84--Let me answer for J.B. read the CODEX


message 28: by Llsbear3 (new)

Llsbear3 THE CODEX ALERA [6 books]
THE HOLLOWS [8 books & growing]

message 29: by Llsbear3 (new)

Llsbear3 Harry Dresden is the best in sci-fi. TO me the second
best is ODD THOMAS by Dean Koontz and only 4 books so

message 30: by Jerbear84 (new)

Jerbear84 Llsbear3 wrote: "Harry Dresden is the best in sci-fi. TO me the second
best is ODD THOMAS by Dean Koontz and only 4 books so

thanks, will check ou Odd thomas as well.

message 31: by Llsbear3 (new)

Llsbear3 Book 5 of ODD THOMAS due out in July about the same time

message 32: by Llsbear3 (new)

Llsbear3 I wonder what's with the star wars robot on the cover.

message 33: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Durm Wow, Jim! As someone who has recently been introduced to Harry Dresden, (and might I add, has become addicted!), I am looking forward to reading your other stuff! Steampunk is a genre that recently attempted to write, and failed. So I am looking forward to seeing your take on it!!

Keep us posted, yes?

New Fan,

Heather Kantz writing under Victoria Durm


message 34: by Zoie (new)

Zoie OH!!! im so excited!im buzzing with anticipation!

message 35: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I love Molly!! We can always do with more of her!

message 36: by Brian (new)

Brian Layman OK but NOW what have you been doing!??! :)

message 37: by Matty (new)

Matty Davies I am loving the Dresden Files novels at the moment. Just broke through the half way mark of Turn Coat. Planning on finishing it tomorrow. I wanna finish the series so I'm ready to read Cold Days when it gets released. I am real stoked :)

Kelly H. (Maybedog) Just please don't give up on Harry in the frenzy with your new stuff. I couldn't bear it. :)

message 39: by Leslie (new)

Leslie Bird-bassett My goodreads review:

I've been a fan of Jim butcher's Dresden books since the beginning. I've read all 14 books and I'm very pleased with this latest edition Cold Days. Since this book just came out I will try to avoid as many spoilers as possible. Jim Butcher has really grown as a writer with the Dresden books. It is wonderful to see how Harry's life has progressed from the mild Manor wizard and every day Gumshoe investigator to the warden, white knight, and first-class wizard champion that he is become. Like always many of the questions from the previous books have been answered in this edition and many more new questions have been brought to our attention. I'm looking forward to the future installments of the Dresden books. Jim Butcher says that he planned on about a 20 book series for the Dresden books, I hope that because of the complications of life, love, and returning from death that Jim Butcher is able to to extend Harry Dresden's life well past the 20 book series he had planned in the beginning. I've come to love many of the characters along with Harry Dresden and I hope to see in the future Mr. Butcher being able to have spinoffs books of the other main characters like Thomas, Murphy and Molly. I love getting lost in the world of Harry Dresden from the on the edge of your seat action scenes to the emotional heartfelt confessions of Harry's feelings, Jim Butcher is able to bring his characters to life. I can't resist one spoiler: Saint Nick as a battle thirsty hunter, really Jim that was twisted genius way to go.
Cold Days was a satisfying and well-told story and I am excited to see how the consequences of the climactic events will unfold and reverberate in future entries of the Dresden Files.

Sincerely, an admirer of your literature

message 40: by Erica (new)

Erica I can't wait til you let us know when the Molly short story will be coming out. What a perfect time to so such a short story about the now turned bad-ass little Molly Carpenter. I normally do not read short stories but I happened to read "Side Jobs" while waiting for "Ghost" to come out & I have to admit it kept me quite content while impatiently awaiting Ghost. I would love to get reacquainted with Molly since she is now a totally different person than the sweet Molly that I truly liked during her apprenticeship. I was glad she was a lot better off in Changes than she was in Ghost. I cannot wait until the next Dresden novel... I can't imagine where she and Harry will be at the end of that book -actually I can't imagine where they'll be at the beginning of the book either! Harry really gets his friends in some terrible messes. Like mostly everyone else, I hope Harry doesn't go crazy & I hope he & Murphy finally get a chance to get together.

message 41: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer I can't wait to read Cold Days, but other things like moving states has prevented me from reading it on release day and I'd rather be settled properly to enjoy it as thoroughly as it deserves. I'm glad you're getting all of these great book recommendation, really, I am - but if they are distracting from actually, y'know, writing novels, I would rather you WRITE! FASTER!!

And... steampunk + Jim Butcher + humor = happy nerd squeal! (and some drool.) Perhaps to get in the mood you could put on some tunes by Abney Park. Airship pirates and clockwork men...

message 42: by Carrie (new)

Carrie Viscome-Skinner Hey Jim, this was 2 years ago. What are you up to now?

message 43: by Jeff (new)

Jeff I've been on a, so far, first 8 book Dresden Files non stop streak, and not slowing. Love the books, even watched the show(not much love for the show, no offense, powers that be f'd with the characters and feel you created WAY to much imho, pretty much making it a pathetic shell of the world you've created.)

Away from tv, I believe the Dresden Files would be an awesome multi-movie franchise, a perfect line to blend the Harry Potter Gen with the Indian Jones Gen.

As a huge Black Company fan myself, I can't wait to read your BC inspired work. Keep up the great work, and thank you for all the entertainment.

message 44: by David (new)

David try three years guess he lost interest in blogging maybe he will post something after the next book is released

message 45: by Jerbear84 (new)

Jerbear84 got the new novel pre-ordered for kindle, cant wait!

message 46: by Ecolea (new)

Ecolea Well we fans seem to have no problem talking to one another about the books so...

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