THE ROUGH DRAFT OF BOOK THREE IS DONE!!!
That took way longer than planned. In large part because there’s a ton of work being done on my home right now that’s eating up all my time and energy. Seriously, I’m wrapping up the day sore and grimy and the last thing I want to do when I’m done is write, at least physically. Mentally I’m kicking myself but physically, holy crap I’m wiped.
And my deal for the book covers fell through! Now that was a waste of time and money. Reaching out to a new artist now but damn if that didn’t throw me off my game. It’s weird how little things that are only peripherally related to actually writing can mess you up. Any how, this guy took my money, kept delaying and making excuse after excuse, and never actually delivered. Finally got my money back but now I’m totally behind schedule for where I wanted to be.
Bright side? With the length of time it’s taken me to get through this draft, as opposed to the previous two books, I’m behind anyway. Small blessing? Maybe.
Debating setting up side websites for each of the series I write that detail the world, characters, and the order of the books. Maybe splurge on some character art. Of course, it might help if I actually got my books out there first…Cart before the horse. Still–I’m looking to the future. Ideally I’ll have these three books ready to go by June, preferably with the next two closing in shortly behind. And some short stories. I definitely want to play around with other character’s perspectives.
Basically I need to write more. SO. Let’s see if we can’t make that a reality, yeah? Curse you real life! I shall emerge victorious in spite of you!
More Horned Mage and other writing updates soon, including the secret project I mentioned in my last post. Keep an eye out and thanks for sticking with me!
The Horned Mage Two is done and I’m still plowing away! This next book is longer than either of it’s predecessors and is demanding a whole new chapter in an unexpected area PLUS one chapter that refuses to behave and keeps ending up a jumbled mess. Excluding these rogue chapters I’m about two thirds done with the rough draft. Depending on outside interference I should be done within the next few days. Going to really try and have a go at it tonight and knock out as much as I can.
In other news, I am now on both Goodreads and Pinterest, though as of this post I haven’t actually done anything on either one. That should change soon and if you’d like to reach out to me on either of those platforms I’d be flattered.
And in still more exciting news, I hired a cover artist. Unfortunately he keeps pushing back the deadline. I’ve finally had to put my foot down, which I’m loath to do, and give him a hard deadline or I’m going to have to find someone else to do the work. Stay tuned to see how that turns out. I’ll be posting early reveals of the cover here when it’s done.
And speaking of done, after book three is finished, I’ll begin launching The Horned Mage ebooks! In total I see five books comprising this series, plus a few short stories from other character’s perspectives. Once those are all out, I plan on starting a new series.
Here’s where it gets exciting! With the launch of The Horned Mage will also come the launch of my Patreon account. You, dear readers, will be able to get an exclusive sneak peak at the first chapter of each one and vote on which one you’d rather see next. That’s not all my Patreon will allow you to do, of course. Remember those short stories I mentioned a moment ago? My Patrons will get those for free. And I’ve got a special surprise project in the works but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out what it is.
And now, I’m off to write! Got a fun evening ahead of me full of magic, violence, and debauchery. Muahahaha!