I can’t believe I’ve not updated this blog since April!! But rest assured I’ve not been idle. I’m going to try resume updating this on a regular basis , although daily is probably not going to be possible, but I will strive for once or twice a week minimum!!
The big reason that I’ve not been updating is distraction with other projects. But those are now all pretty much behind me so for the last week or so I’ve been writing Rhune – and I’m glad to be able to devote some time to this and get it moving again.
So what was distracting me?
- The Riyria Chronicles – which are absolutely “done…done” I don’t have hard copies in my hands but I do have .pdfs of the files that were sent to the printers. I’m going to be a guest of honor at ConnictiCon in early July so I’m hoping my books come in early and if they do, I’ll take a few copies to give away there. So if you are in or around Hartford CT July 12 – July 14 stop on by the Convention Center.
- Hollow World I couldn’t be happier with how this project has turned out. While the bulk of the heavy lifting is done, I have the manuscript out to two great copy editors and we are still on track for an early July release for people who backed the Kickstarter, and of course the official release will be in January. I’m also in the final stages of signing a contract for the audio version of this book – which is quite unusual for a self-published work.
- Cover design – Yes I’ve designed covers for the three books of this series. Now that sounds like a really stupid thing to do, especially since the chances are pretty good that this series will be traditionally published and they will disregard my covers completely…but it helped in a number of ways. Most notably in changing the titles and requiring updates to some words I was using in this book. I’ll save the details of this for my next post
So where am I now? Well having been away for a very long time I had to reacquaint myself by reading what I had up to that point. In so doing, I realized I had some problems so I had to rip out a big section of the book and rewrite. So I spent about a week or so revising what I had written before being pulled off the project and the story is much better for going through that process.
I’ve had about a week writing “new stuff” and now the word count is going in the positive direction again (Robin was upset to hear it going down each day as I ripped out stuff in the re-read.) I’m now at 70,000 words and I’m now at a part of the story where several plot threads are coming together. I tend to write faster toward the end, rather than the beginning and I’m definitely seeing the light at the end of this tunnel.
More to come in the next few days.
I’ve been wondering when you’d start these updates again.
Welcome back, sir!
Thanks…it’s good to be back. It really didn’t make much sense to be posting here while I was off working on The Crown Tower, The Rose and the Thorn, and Hollow World as each post would be the same….”No progress today”
I really prefer to write “one project at a time” but it never seems like I can do things that way – given the state of publishing and how long it takes to go from typing “the end” and actually getting the books into the hands of readers.
Welcome back, Michael. Glad to hear things are working out for you. Any plans to attend any cons on the west coast? It would be great to meet you someday and thank you in person for all of the advice you’ve shared on your blogs and reddit.
It’s a possibility…I don’t have anything on my calendar except a con in Connecticut next month. For now I’m heads down with writing so trying to keep travel to a minimum. Once I get through these books I might take some time to do a bit of travel.
Thanks for the update! Seems like you’re making great progress on all fronts.
It’s all clicking now. Unfortunately I had to tear out about 4,000 words but it’s better to do it now rather than later.