The Broken Shield Chronicles

Halloween Odds & Ends

First, let’s get Halloween out of the way: BOO!!!

Next, here are a few tidbits about the site:

  • I’ve updated the main-page to include a gallery of artwork and cover-art from The Bow of Hart Saga – comments are welcome. I’m still making some changes so bear with me.
  • I’ve resurrected the “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” feature just in time for Halloween. This feature has been dormant (dead?) for some time so it’s good to bring it back to life. There were 2 posts for the feature over the weekend for a couple of authors through Books Go Social: J. L. Stowers and Alena Des – click to those posts and have a look if you missed them.
  • As mentioned last Friday, I’ve created a private group on Goodreads as a writing roundtable/lab where I can interact with some readers who are interested in reading some early drafts of information.
  • Even though Halloween ends this evening, I’ve got some real treats about The Bow of Hart Saga coming in future weeks that should be fun reading so look for those on Thursdays.
  • I’ll keep sharing more about other new projects on Fun Friday posts.

Now that I’ve got those bits of housecleaning out of the way, onto whatever is on my mind. These days, my spare time is either taken up with writing new projects or studying about marketing and new technologies for my erstwhile career. I do my best to stay as busy as possible regardless.

I’ve made lots of progress on the two super-secret novels that my agent is/will pitch soon. I don’t have news on those at the moment other than general progress. I have a few outstanding submissions through the agent otherwise and I feel more like I’m waiting on outcomes than anything these days. I’m also working on some short fiction stories for submission – if anything comes of those you can be sure it will be announced.

As mentioned, I’m starting on a new gritty, pulp fantasy series soon as well as working on development of a possible parallel novella series for The Bow of Hart Saga involving mainly other characters in another part of Denaria. I have much of it written in rough draft. I’ve like to finish all three of the novellas first and then more toward publishing those. However the first book of The Broken Shield Chronicles will get published when it’s ready rather than waiting.

Print for The Bow of Hart Saga is still on the back-burner until I save enough money to completely produce the series. I’ll have another announcement about the series in just a few weeks though so check back on that.

As mentioned a few weeks back, our young tom-cat, Minou, had his surgery (there’s a bit of horror for the day, I suppose) and he’s back on his feet romping through the house. He’s now going out with the dogs – and, as predicted, coming in with them. Speaking of the dogs, they are fine if a little bored. We’ve all been busy and I’ve had an injured foot that I seem to keep aggravating every week or so – but not from running! But it’s slowly getting better.

That’s all I have for today, as if it isn’t enough. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

 

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Fun Friday Vol. 2: The Broken Shield Chronicles

Follow-up on The Broken Shield Chronicles and other ideas

I don’t know how soon I’ll get to the project I mentioned last Friday. However, the consensus from the poll seems to be using some sort of variation in the series title including “Broken Shield.” I like The Broken Shield Chronicles well enough so that will be the working series title at this point.

With the name of the series settled, I’ll begin to put some serious thought into the world-building and other details for the fantasy world as well as the initial plot, character names and such. It should be very interesting as I develop this series since I’ve never gotten to develop one quite this way.

One of the fun parts of working on The Broken Shield Chronicles is going to be interacting with readers in a private Goodreads group. If you would like to join the group please let me know. I’m going to contact several readers with whom I already have some contact and invite them into the group. There will be some rules like: never talk about Broken Shield Chronicles Club outside the group on social media – like that Fight Club rule. I’ll outline more about the purpose and goals of the group over on Goodreads but I intend it to be a fun group where I can share development and get feedback as I work through the book, maybe posting once a week. There won’t be some commitment to doing anything, just the offer to take part in this fun project of mine and tag along for the development ride.

Otherwise, I’ll share some development details here and other projects on which I’m working. For instance, I do have a parallel series to The Bow of Hart Saga – actually a sub-plot of some complexity – that I’d like to publish as a companion novella series at some point. There are some rough draft excerpts that I’d like to share over on Goodreads or for download just for further feedback.

I’ve got several ideas in the beginning stages as you can see. However, I’m currently working on two new novels for my agent who requested some updated information from me this week as she prepares the pitches to publishers. I’ve been a little slower on these projects lately because it’s just been busy with a doctor’s visit, a few job interviews and other distractions, all of which prevented me from posting my general feature on Tuesday. But I do hope to dig down and really start accomplishing more on the current novels so I can move onto other projects.

That’s all for today! If you want to join the private Goodreads group, just click here to my Author Page to friend or follow me, then send me a message letting me know you’re in and I’ll send the invite. Otherwise, please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.