The writing for the series continues. Roughly three and a half books have been drafted, and the first book has been returned from a first round of edits. I work with the editor continually on revised scenes and chapters.
It’s hard to keep the website updated with news, but books take a long while to write, revise, edit and eventually publish. While the story does morph, the central idea remains the same.
In the past few months, I’ve come up with much of the back story that explains a few things. Like how a “god-king” can be surprised, and die. The last emperor, was tricked, but he got the last laugh, so to speak.
The story picks up some twelve-hundred years after the cities fell because of the emperor’s death. Much of the world has descended into chaos, decay and barbarity. Though one lone territory keeps the old ways, traditions and teachings, but even they have lost hope of finding an heir to the emperor’s throne. Those that remain want to forget the past, and move on.
Many died in the fall including most of those that caused its destruction, though a few survived to plot anew. Working in the shadows they work to undo the last ties of civilization, and bring about the end they hope for, and the beginning of something else.
Into this mess comes Mia Thornburn, with troubles of her own. Forced to renounce her title, she joins the last remnants of the old empire – The guardians.
I’d hoped to get this first book out this year, and it may yet, but it’s almost October. I’d written the first draft for it back in March. But, back then, I’d known little of the surrounding world that shapes the story. That information is now being folded into the story, while also continuing to simmer other plot lines. It’ll come out, I’m positive. But maybe in 2018.
In the meantime, a few months ago, I “published” the audio book for “Mermaid Rising.” That has yet to hit the shelves, but hopefully it will appear soon. The company I’m using is new, and according to them, they were inundated with those wanting to publish through them. So, I have hope it’ll eventually appear. If it works well working with this company, I’ll work in getting “The Mermaid’s Apprentice,” released to audio book.
What else? A month or two back, I started using different writing software – Scrivener. It’s a neat tool for organizing a story. In many ways I wish I could publish the book as I see it. Within the story I have hyper-links to my research material, character outlines and places of interest. Some of this will probably appear as an appendix, but there won’t be the neat links. So sorry!
Because of Scrivener, the back story has been easier to write, and descriptions for various items found in the world have been fleshed out. This helps in so many ways, that a character can compare other things to “what they know,” because I know.
If you’re a writer, do consider Scrivener. There, that’s my plug for the fabulous software. They have a new version being released, and depending on which computer type you use, it may already be available (for the Mac). I use a PC, so I’m still using their original version, but I still find it very versatile and helpful.
Until next time.