Over the past year, I've been all over the place on my next book project. I looked at a sequel to Battle Officer Wolf, pondered writing The Vampires of Michigan: Pandemic, dabbled in doing a series of essays on spiritual warfare, and even took yet another stab (or two) at writing something in the fantasy genre.
Instead, I've settled on writing a concise, quick-moving military history of China. I'm not sure how long it will be, but if you know me, you know it will be short. Long books bore me.
I feel that Long Live Death was the right length for the topic and I'm very happy with it's reception. It goes into just enough detail to make its point and inform the reader, and also points you to more detailed information in case you want it.
That's what I want to achieve with this new book. At the moment, it's working title is "Something Something Dragon," because books about China almost always have "dragon" in the title. You know, something like "The Dragon's Brittle Claws," because one of my themes is that Chinese military track record is uneven at best.
Hey, it took me a while to come up with Long Live Death, so no hurry.
I've not yet put together a deadline, or a projected completion date, but unlike other efforts, there is significant momentum. I'm starting to get some good writing sessions and acquiring additional sources. The mania is setting in.
I should note that like the Spanish Civil War, Chinese military history is another area that fascinated me in my late teens. It was always somewhat obscure, and I found that a challenge. At one point in college I came up with a Chinese version of Milton Bradley's Shogun game (which has been renamed a bunch, not sure what they call it now). So a lot of my research is already floating around in my head, it's just a question of organizing it.