Planning

Project Updates: An Anthology, Print Edition and a Prequel

Hello to everyone! I know I been absent for us several weeks, but it’s been that busy. I hope everyone is well during this difficult time and hope I can offer a bit of distraction from the difficulties we’re all facing.

Progress, though somewhat slow is continuing in many ways. Over the last several weeks I’ve been picking up some steam as I work toward several goals at one time. Here’s the latest:

Anthology Projects

A possible cover.

My memory is dim on the point of mentioning anthologies earlier, but my intention is to publish several of these this year. These books will stem from short stories already written and which I’ve decided to share more widely. I’m excited about these projects and spending some time brushing up the stories for the first anthology. My hope is to release the first one within the month if at all possible.
If progress is good enough, I’ll share more about it next week.

One of the main holdups is deciding on a title for this anthology but I’m going with a working title of: Curses Dark and Foul. Your comments about the title are welcome but each story will involve a curse. After that, the next priority is settling on a cover that suitably represents the anthology.

Just have to finish the print cover

An Arrow Against the Wind Print Edition

I’ve also been making some progress with my print edition for An Arrow Against the Wind. The print formatted version of the book is now complete. I am working to adjust a print cover which I hope to have done in short order, but releasing that print version is very close at hand. I’m already working on the formatted version of The White Arrow and very excited to complete the series and print as soon as possible.

Reformed Mage & the Series

The biggest news is that I’m planning the preqeul/prologue for the first book or Reformed Mage with a target release date during the summer depending on how fast it’s ready. I’m doing some dictation for this content now. One of the main goals in writing this book is that it npth triggers me and challenges me with adding details about characters and the world building into my existing manuscript. So the project is twofold, releasing a prequel later in the summer and supplementing my thinking about the series and my ongoing revision.

As already mentioned, my main goal is to release a full novel beginning with the first book of the Reformed Mage series this year. If that’s going to happen this year, I will have to get with it and complete the revisions so I can send it to my editor as soon as possible. There’s also work on the cover which needs to be done, but that will happen over the next couple of months as the editing cycle continues. The main goal right now with the manuscript is completing the revision which includes some additions. Since I’ve reorganized all of the material that I first wrote for the series, I’m now working on a reconstructed order of the book that keeps me on task.

So those are the developments with all of my immediate writing. Of course there are more editions of the Reformed Mage series in the works with a rough draft already written of books two and three. The hope with the first book is that it will make all the editing easier to complete other books as I move forward.

That’s all for now, I’ll be back next week with more about what I’m doing immediately and some possible dates on releases for print and my first anthology addition. Thanks for stopping by today and visiting with me. Please share this post as you see fit over social media or a reblog and I’ll stand by with respond to your thoughts as soon as I am able. Don’t forget to leave an opinion regarding the anthology title: Curses Dark and Foul.

Progress from Uncertainty

Like everyone else, I’ve watched the uncertainty of current pandemic playing out across the media with almost momentary updates. There’s so much information that it becomes overwhelming, even discouraging. During the last week, I’ve stayed busy with my wife’s recovery with her knee and she’s doing very well.

But, the upheaval and struggle with personal events have left me more energized. It’s likely nervous energy, but why not put it to good use? Sure, I’ve distracted myself with some entertainment and such, but along with a commitment to getting solid rest, I’ve decided to re-double my efforts with my book.

For too long, I’ve sat considering how to revise Reformed Mage without enough progress. In the midst of uncertainty, I’m using my restlessness to focus more on my writing than I have in a while and try to knock out this hefty revision. I’m dedicated to opening the file and working on it daily, perhaps several times each day. Anything is useful right now and leads forward which is what I need. Following that decision, I’ve made some solid progress in Reformed Mage. I’m intent on focusing on just this project as much as possible each day and push it further along toward publication.

I’ve drafted a short post about the book to share here next week as part of introducing it to readers. Look for that post next week and more about the book in the following weeks.

Meanwhile, I’ve been taking time to shift my attention from the distressing news. There’s the desire to be informed but also maintain calm. I’m watching a few new shows and a few retro shows to pass the time along with digging deep with the new book. This begs the question: what are you doing during this social hiatus? Are you spending more time working around the house? I’ve done that and swallowed a good bit of pollen from the early spring weather in the area. Are you binge watching shows? I’ve watched some old Star Trek Next Generation episodes and some newer shows on Prime. Are you reading books? I’ve been reading some too, what are you reading? Feel free to weigh-in on the subject in the comments. Thanks for stopping by today.

And a Few Steps Forward

Good morning everyone! Last week had a few setbacks but this week saw a few steps forward. I finally purchased a new vehicle but I’m still going through all the changes of information with insurance and the registration. Nothing big, just a few details to cover. Aside from that, there were some other nice developments.

First, a new feature on this site was started named Fantasy Friday. For now, it’s nothing major while I develop where it will go so I’m starting with some re-posts about my published books. I have quite a lot of material by now so I can cover several weeks and those when I just don’t have time to write something new. But I hope to share new content soon enough.

Print for An Arrow Against the Wind is well underway. The print cover is complete – well, mostly. The final version will be adjusted for the number of pages in the print format. My formatting specialist has the manuscript now so it shouldn’t too long until the final versions are available. The print book will appear first on Amazon and then later on Barnes & Noble. Here’s the current cover version which was share last week if you missed it:

Maybe I’ll have a preliminary print cover for The White Arrow done in a week or so to share in an upcoming post.

I’m still up in the air about several events. There’s semi-interest on my part in attending the SFWA convention this summer. I’m still considering a local SF&F convention at a local library that draws well. With print coming along, I expect to be positioned well for an appearance there if I’m interested. I will attend a local writers conference and visit with a few people, maybe make a few pitches to an agent. All these are a goals this year in various degrees of importance. I’m also considering entering The Bow of Destiny in a print contest for Writer’s Digest. Who knows what could happen with that last one, but a friend suggested I give it a try.

Also in the past week, there were other developments. I made some steady revision and editing progress on Reformed Mage. It’s nice to move forward there even while the week was full of distractions from the new(er) car purchase. I’m hopeful that I can get something done to publish the book in June but that will be dependent on my editor’s schedule and cover art. Still, progress is progress. I really want to get some cover art so I can share that development too but I’m holding off a while until I can settle the concept more, then see what my artist thinks.

I’m mainly itching to release to the next books in the series as well as the first book of Black Glove. The latter has been in solid development stages for a while but it’s waiting for more series development. I don’t want to publish it too soon without more books planned and at least one in finished first draft status. Then there are some other books which have been pushed aside for a while that are clamoring for attention and publication. There’s quite a lot to do. Here’s something of my expectations based on the amount of material I have written:

  • Publication of Reformed Mage, Book 1
  • Publication of Reformed Mage, Book 2
  • Publication of either Black Glove, Book 1 or Reformed Mage, Book 3. Whichever comes first, the other one will be released afterward.
  • Publication of Broken Shield, Book 1.
  • Publication of All Things Forgotten, Book 1.

Along that publication schedule, I’d like to start dictating new books for Reformed Mage, Black Glove, The Bow of Hart Saga sequel, Broken Shield and All Things Forgotten. Just making progress is the overall interest, but my main goals are for Reformed Mage, Black Glove and The Bow of Hart Saga in that order. The others are much further back in development and publication so they will have a much lower priority. It’s a long list but I hope to make some serious progress over the course of the year, publication first and then new drafts. The publication calendar is at least a year and a half long, probably more. Some of the drafts that are completed during that time may will elbow their way into the schedule ahead of others based on reader demand. Nothing is set in stone at the moment and I don’t expect to release more than two books this year at the rate I’m going. I might even throw in an anthology of fantasy short stories I already have written, just for fun.

Regardless, I have to focus on the immediate and keep moving toward the goals. It’s demanding and fun. Thanks for reading today. Please share this post with others on social media or re-blog it as you see fit. Leave your thoughts in the comments and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.