A review of The Accidental Highwayman, scifi and whether it’s vital to human survival, a LitRPG interview with Simon Vale from Magic Dome Books, pulp fiction archives, fantasy subgenres and how SpaceX bring science fiction to life – Source
Hi everyone! This isn’t a normal new post day for me but I thought I’d slide a few writing updates into the schedule today. I’ve started working with Podium in earnest, sending over my manuscripts for the publisher to begin preparing a script. We’re also working on cover art which I intend to share as soon as I can. Additionally, I’m writing a some further background to assist with the audio development. I’m sure we’ll begin discussion about narrator and I’ll soon have a sample to hear. It will be very exciting as things progress.
I’m also hard at work on new books. I continue work on my secret works that are under proposal, however, I’ve started some side work on The Broken Shield Chronicles. I’ve made a few changes in my approach and decided I may write the series as a LitRPG. I’m still considering the change so I’ll let everyone know when I feel like I’ve got a good grasp of how to best develop the series.
Since this series is about a knight and it’s a bit shorter, I’ve considered using a pre-made cover. This one captured my eye as well as a few others. Covers like this are actually pretty good for a series on a low budget like this one will be. Of course, that isn’t the actual title of the first book. What do you think? I’ll share a few more of these over the next few weeks, then maybe run a poll just to get some opinions.
That’s all for today. Thanks for taking time to read the update. Would you read a LitRPG series? Let me know your answer in the comments.
I’m adjusting my posting schedule a bit for a while. On Friday’s I want to share specifically about newer writing projects. On Tuesday’s, I’d like to post about whatever is on my mind so that day will be more of anything goes. On Thursday’s, I’d like to post about The Bow of Hart Saga and related news or announcements about it.
With that out of the way, let’s pay a visit to a new project brewing in my head these days. I’ve shared a bit about this one but here’s more about it. The idea is to write the books in this series in more of a pulp style meaning that they are shorter at between 50-70k words. Additionally, they are intended to be more straight forward in plotting with a goal/problem and an assumed solution with a number of twists. Since these are shorter pulp fiction novels, they will be heavier on the action.
I haven’t settled on a title for the first book but that will come as I plan it – hopefully next month. However, I think the series will be titled something like: The Hopeless Knight Chronicles or The Broken Shield Chronicles. See the poll below and vote on the series title or suggest your own based on the premise. I suppose this will be more of a semi-gritty sword and sorcery series that I think may be rather fun and entertaining.
The main character will be a knight living off his wits and skill as a former member of an elite company. He formerly served a kingdom which fell in a sudden coup. He survived but presumes no one else of his cohorts still lives. In surviving that attack he used a broken shield – meaning that it’s cracked and floppy – but it somehow never fails him. He’s kept the shield and uses it as he earns a living fighting in tournaments. Because of his unique training, he’s very successful. However, because of the danger of being discovered as a survivor of the coup, he stays on the move and doesn’t reveal his true name or background.
As such, the main character stays to himself while traveling and makes few connections among other knights he meets. Additionally, he has essentially lost hope in any grand causes or service to anything because his idealism as a member of his former unit has been destroyed in the overthrow. As you can see he’s got some problems that can present some interesting challenges, mainly whether to get involved in some worthy cause or just mind his own business.
Over the next several weeks, I’ll share a bit more and offer some polls about the title of the first book, names for the main character and even get into sharing drafts of the early chapters. Readers will be able to help shape the book and provide opinions about what I’m writing. I may even invite some frequent participants into a private group on Goodreads where I’ll share more about the first book and the series as I develop it.
Now here’s the first poll:
Thanks for taking part in the poll today. Please leave your questions, thoughts and other ideas in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.