Archive for October, 2011

It is mid-October already! I can’t believe how quickly this season is flying by. Of course, it might have something to do with the fact that I’m teaching four courses, working full time, part time, preaching, and just trying to survive. Yeah, that might have something to do with it.

At any rate, the reason I haven’t posted in a while is because I’ve been writing – in addition to the aforementioned thieves of time. But since I had a comment to respond to and a book cover to upload here anyway, thought I’d bring you up to speed.

UPDATES:
Eye of Darkness is nearly complete. I found that I had to go back and add a chapter somewhere in the middle of the book, which is now complete, and I’m plugging away toward the end – which, if I haven’t mentioned just yet, had eluded me for some time. I think I’ve got it figured out now, though.

The Lost Scrolls now has a cover approved, and it is slated to come out in September of 2012. It isn’t the March publication date I’d hoped for, but I’d rather take the time and get it right than rush into market before it’s time. My publisher tells me that the book will be available in March for endorsements, which will then be added probably in the front matter and in marketing efforts.

I haven’t heard anything yet from my friend Linda about The Elixir of Life. She did send a couple of thoughts early on, but nothing since. I can only assume she’s busy, what with her own books coming out and all. It isn’t a high priority at the moment anyway, since it’s another book to offer to Ellechor rather than one I’m releasing on my own.

And for fans of the Jefferson’s Road series, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve restarted work on The Tree of Liberty. I know, I know: I’m only supposed to work on one book at a time. Maybe it’s the Occupy Wall Street protests or the ramping up of the election cycle – or all of the above – but I found that, yet again, I have to write this series. I’ve always enjoyed writing books, and have done so largely for amusement. I’ve never actually felt compelled to write a book until I started this series. At any rate, I guess I can thank the poor little commies in NYC for the protests. I’m sure I can use one of the images in the cover of God and Country or one of the next books. I’d been relying on an image from the Vancouver riots, but now I can pick something a little closer to home, I think.

At any rate, the story is moving forward nicely, and I’ve got enough sense of what happens immediately next to write several chapters ahead of me.

The Coppersmith continues to be my bestseller. I’m not making as much money from it (only $.99 compared to $2.99 for the Jefferson’s Road books), but I’m selling a lot more copies. Roughly half of my sales totals so far.  I’d like to work on Topheth toward that end, but I don’t think I can justify going back to working on three projects at a time again, much as I’m tempted to do so. Of course, I confess I have tinkered with it a little bit. I think, once Eye of Darkness is finished, I’ll be able to give a little more time to it. Priority will be The Tree of Liberty, of course.

And that’s about it. Gotta get back to work now. Peter is about to cause some trouble.

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Well, here it is October already, and I haven’t gotten nearly as far on Eye of Darkness as I’ve wanted to. I neglected to calculate in the time I’d be spending writing lessons for our home school co-op classes, but the real reason is that I haven’t come up with an ending.

Until now.

Sometime early this morning, in that marvelously creative “dream state,” I stumbled upon the sufficient twist which will solve the mystery and reveal everything–as well as how to bring it all to a successful conclusion and tie it up with a bow. As it stands, I’m probably at least 10 and 12K words away from that moment. Maybe more. Regardless, I know now that I can finish the book. Usually, when I start a novel, I have a much clearer sense of how it ends than this, and that may be why I got stuck. Oh well. At least now I’ll be able to concentrate on writing toward the finish line.

Speaking of finishing, I received the first draft of the cover for The Lost Scrolls from my publisher today. They’re pretty close to what I was thinking when I pictured it, with a few changes here and there. I expect I’ll be able to show you the cover soon (but not until it’s ready and I get the “okay” to do so.).

We haven’t started editing the text yet, but I think that will be happening shortly. I’m so looking forward to seeing this book out there!