It’s been a long time since I last posted here, I know. Here’s what’s been going on the last few months.
Aelathia: Weaving and Musings of Essencers is undergoing some of the last steps before I begin querying agents. One of those is a revision to the first chapter, where I’ve synergized advice from genre experts and beta readers to hone that vital introduction to a fine blade of steel. I’ve also been advised to adjust the title, so I’ll keep you posted when and if that happens. The sequel, A Rose By Any Other Thorn, is currently on hold, but the current draft is so far along I’m not worried about it at all.
Thorns of Salvation‘s first draft is just shy of 27,000 words out of the projected 75,000, meaning about 36% completed. I’m seriously loving this urban fantasy apocalyptic novel. Recently, the characters totally took over the story, utterly obliterating my outline. To me, any time the characters determine the path of the story, it means that tale is alive and breathing of its own volition.
What I love about both of these series–and yes, Thorns of Salvation has become a series now, though it may be the title of the first book, a new title for the series has yet to make itself clear, replacing Tselmnasa–is how much I can play with a magic system. What are the boundaries and how can I stretch those? How does science play a part? Meanwhile, what are the various factions and worldviews the characters have? Whose really calling the shots? I enjoy political intrigue, conspiracies, espionage, and emotional angst. I’m very thankful my characters are willing to put up with me for everything I put them through.
On another note, there’s a few other projects simmering on the stove top of my imagination: a science fiction/fantasy series and a standalone epic apocalyptic fantasy. Though I have notes, I haven’t proceeded to work on those. I’m also toying with a few short story ideas for contests, but so far nothing’s manifested itself. I think I’m just too busy to let those fly on their own, including a complete renovation of A’banna’s Tome.
Finally, there’s a few projects directly related to both Aelathia and Thorns of Salvation that have been partially developed. It’s certainly a chance roll of the dice when they’ll see fruition, but the projects have come fairly far along and I have some excellent beta…hmm…friends willing to assist. There’s just some legalities to finalize before these projects move forward and I give you more than teasers.
I’ve been writing heavily for the blog Geek2Geek, but I’m soon going to have a lot more time to return here. You may even see some posts from that blog make their way here over the next few months. As for things directly related to Aelathia, I’ve got some fun posts planned, including revisiting the Interview With series, exploring more of the world of Aelathia from the eyes of certain characters–yet with a modern journalism feel.
Also, I’ve launched a new blog, Christian in Chaos, which focuses primarily on what it means when we have faith and suffer. It covers a lot of issues, most recently dealing with the LRA operating in central Africa and the #bordercrisis influx of refugees or immigrant children from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador into both the United States and South American countries. This will probably be one of the few times I mention that blog here, as I like to keep them separate.
These two blogs have consumed a lot of my time, but I’m really looking forward to revitalizing and restructuring this blog and looking into an author website. Lot’s of plans.
I’m still exceptionally busy on Twitter. As always, you can follow my feed on the right side of the page.
Here’s the kicker, pun intended. #Spinalmyoclonus has been an interesting companion. Often times, it continues to lay me out flat for a few days. It continues to be quite painful, abrupt, and intrusive to life. The specialists still aren’t certain why the seizure-like conditions remain after the virus supposedly worked its way through my system (and spine). So even though I’m not officially teaching, I’m still teaching medical professionals. Oh, the pleasure. Any online absence on my part is likely due to one of two rasons: 1) I’m focused heavily on my books and can’t spare the time, or 2) the weaving #myoclonus. As I’ve written before, I refuse to let myoclonus stop the writer in me. It will be done.
Even for a disabled writer, there’s a lot happening, and I’m excited to share even this much with you. As things progress, you’ll start to see changes to this blog, hear more about the novels, and keep up to date with so much. Cheers, and happy harvest!
As always, you can find me here or at Christian In Chaos, on Twitter @AelathiaNovels, or on Facebook Joshua P. Smith – Aelathia Novels.