Sunday, June 25, 2017

Almost at the end of June

Hello there. Sorry I haven't written in a while. Life has been full of ups and downs, ins and outs, but nothing major. Just life.

For those waiting on Debris of Shadows Book II, all I can say is that it's coming, slowly but surely. I had planned to have it released by now, but editing, rewriting, and proofreading is an arduous task. I'm determined to put out a professional novel, and that takes time.

When I finished the first draft a year ago, it rang in at 95k words. For comparison, The Lies of the Sage was 81k. As I edited the second draft, the plot and characters became more and more complex. It came to be roughly 133k, which is nearly one and a half times longer than the first draft. Think roughly 530 pages. Nowhere near The Stand, but still pretty substantial.

So, at the moment, I'm about 33% done with my third and final polish-draft. I'd like to say this should be the final edit, with perhaps one or two passes afterwards just to be sure all my i's are crossed, and all my t's are dotted. I'd love to say this shouldn't take more than another month or two, but working full time, especially in the far-flung corners of the empire, can be pretty draining of my brain power.

At any rate, thank you all for your support, especially those friends and family who have left Amazon and Goodreads reviews for my other novels, and ask regularly when it will be done. You keep me going.

My daughter graduated Middle School last week. Time slips way too quickly into the future. Always proud of her and her brother, and all they do.

In completely different news, I've been a fan of the Firesign Theatre ever since I was about sixteen. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sharing a drink with one of its two surviving members, Phil Proctor. It's a rare opportunity to get to talk and spend time with someone whose work I've admired and respected for so many years, I'm glad I had it.