The fantasy sequel to “Fall of the Western Kings” is getting near a release date. The final editing is coming to a close, the cover is in the final stages and very soon the package will go off to the printer for the production of a proof copy. Once that arrives the book will get one last scrutiny and any final changes made and then, yahoo, the book will get released. The plan is to have it come out as both a print and ebook simultaneously, unlike what happened with Fall. Here’s hoping this plan doesn’t become a train wreck. Stay tuned.
The sequel to “Fall of the Western Kings” is nearing completion. The cover design is almost done, and it will be another good one. The manuscript has been through its last revision and is now in the hands of beta readers and editors. Which means I have nothing more to do with it until the feedback rolls in and then I hope I won’t have much to fix. For now, fingers crossed, waiting. Nonetheless, “Child of Evil” will likely see publication soon, maybe as early as sometime in June. We’ll see.
Whew! Taking a moment to catch my breath now that I’ve finished the most recent revision. A huge thank you goes out to my wonderful editor who slogged through the entire manuscript and cheerfully pointed out faux pas that would have been inexcusable. And so the plot seems all straightened out, errors corrected, and as far as I can tell nothing contradictory is still in the book. And the characters are happy, at least the ones still alive, which is all that counts. Though certainly some of those killed off might have objections, but then again, they’re dead. Now I am almost ready for the really tough part – line editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and typographical errors. I should have some help with that and with luck there aren’t too many such things that will need fixed. Finally, the cover is coming soon so the target release date still seems doable. I am really looking forward to being done with this project so I can move on.
On April 10th join me at the Madison Library for their annual Books and Cooks event from 6 to 8 PM. It will be a chance to meet some of your favorite local authors and maybe try some food from local cooks. It has always been a fun event.
The address, phone number and a link for more info is below.
6111 Middle Ridge Rd.
Madison, OH 44057
I am happy to say that the revisions on book 2 are back on track and moving along well. I think the biggest issues that needed fixed are behind me and so there’s hope that the book will still get released within a few months. Soon I’ll be looking for beta readers who volunteer to check for typos, punctuation errors, and grammatical issues. Patience, good readers, it’s coming.
Well I said a few days ago that I was going to write better and that the second volume of the Tirumfall Trilogy was going smoothly. If you are an author, then you know that characters get to be old friends, or at least acquaintances that you are intimately familiar with. That’s especially true when those characters have traveled with you for more than one book. So, I was moving along rather well with this “last” revision when a few of my characters just flat don’t want to go along with my ideas. They dug in their heels and said in no uncertain terms, “I’m not doing that. Do you think I’m an idiot?” And I know they are right. So now what? If I let them go where they assure me they need to go, the plot changes enough that the last 75 pages of the book have to be scrapped. If I stick to what I have, I am now convinced that readers will side with the characters and the book will be the worse for it. So, reluctantly, I am going to follow their lead and rewrite the ending. I hope it will be a better book, but it certainly won’t be getting an early release. Just trying to find order in chaos.
Progress continues and I’m now completed 60% of this revision. And this time I’m happy to say that I have not run into any major changes due to errors on my part during earlier drafts. The story line remains intact and our heroes are getting close to the climactic confrontation that will bring success or failure. However, the evil side has become aware of our heroes and is preparing them a very unpleasant welcome. Anyway, it won’t be long before the manuscript is ready for a beta reader or two. And maybe, just maybe, it’ll see print yet this Spring.
Trudging onward, I am a little over a third done with the next revision and I’ve reached a spot where the first two fixes affect the action in a later chapter. If I want the story to be internally consistent I can’t leave things as they are. Dalphnia, Gant’s wife and a woodland nymph, is left at home with their son while Gant travels into the evil lands on a mission that won’t wait. She thinks she should have gone with him but woodland nymphs, at least in this world, are tightly bound to their forest and leaving her chosen domain isn’t all that easy. What should she do about it? Well, as some of you might remember from book one, she has a stone of freedom that she got from Abadis that allows her to go wherever she wants. That’s it, she gets her cousin to watch their son and with the stone in-hand she’s off to catch up to her husband. We’ll see if that works out well or not.
I hope this is the last major rewrite needed but then who knows what else I’ll get into as I go forward.
As I continue working through the revision of the second book in the Tirumfall Trilogy, “Child of Evil,” I’ve found several places where the story does not hold together consistently. The latest faux pas again revolved around the rules for magic within this world. Two wizards needed to have a quick conversation even though they were miles apart and while one of them could have transported to the other’s location that wears out wizards and requires resting and leads to other complications. What I really needed was for them to have a cell phone! Ugh, no such thing here. So what to do? After several days racking my brain for a way around the problem I finally came up with a viable solution. So as you might guess, that chapter has now been rewritten hopefully in a way that will give readers a feeling that the rules in this universe cannot be violated even by the author. If you wonder how I did it, you’ll just have to wait until the book comes out.
While I won’t give away much here, suffice it to say there are interesting ways to infuse mirrors with magic. Not exactly a cell phone but there might be ways to make it fill in. And in this case Pris, the Emperor who is also a vastly improved wizard, learns about a new spell that he’d really like to add to his repertoire. Unfortunately at this point in the story, there isn’t time for Abadis, his teacher, to teach him. So, it’ll have to wait till later.
I finished the second revision of book 2 in the Tirumfall Trilogy, “Child of Evil,” and began a more thorough editing and revision process (with some help from my faithful editor). I felt like I was making good progress toward getting this book ready for publication. BUT, as I started back at the beginning I came across a stupendous faux pas. Magic has rules, most of which have been clearly spelled out within the contents of these books and here I was, Chapter 2, totally breaking those rules. That cannot happen. So, back to the drawing board to fix it rewriting most of chapters 1 and 2.
In this particular case, Pris, the emperor-wizard who by now has gained a pretty good handle on using his magic, can transport instantaneously using the proper spell. But, there are limits to how far any wizard can travel in a single jump and there are limits on how many such spells they can cast in a day without proper rest or they will deplete their own life force and either die or end up in a coma. In Chapter 2, Pris needs to travel a long way and oops, violates all of those rules with impunity. With that realization, Chapter 2 will be changed. Even the author cannot violate the rules of magic.