Hello friends and readers!
Had a great time with fellow blogger and friend Kendall Lyons just a bit ago. (Find him at http://kendalllyons.com/ or on Twitter at @CartoonDaily1.)
It’s always great to hang with other writers, catch up on our projects, and bounce ideas off one another. Today, I laid out the whole progression of this “Aelathia” universe. As I’ve send before, everything’s connected. What I love is to see a face surprised when they learn how some things connect. (And don’t ask him for spoilers!)
One of his suggestions was to vary up the timing/scheduling of the various books. Let me break that down for you, and also give you an idea of where I’m at in the writing stage with each current project.
Aelathia is high fantasy, epic, with a planned 5 books. Eventually, after the other following series’ are finished, I’ll return to Aelathia with a 2-4 book YA series and a graphic novel (or two) featuring main characters in prequels. There’s also the short story titled A’banna’s Tome, a prequel to…everything. I also have material for a book of historical events, in some ways akin to Tolkien’s Similarion. So we’ll spend ALOT of time on the Aelathia world, exploring whole new areas, cultures, etc. The first two books of the Aelathia Chronicles are Weaving and Musings of Essencers and A Rose By Any Other Thorn. Everything’s connected.
Next up, Tselmnasa, high fantasy with science fiction heavily throughout. Here’s where Kendall’s advice comes in. Tselmnasa, which stands for “The Six Races”, deals heavily with my version of zombies–I know, I know… Hasn’t this been overdone? I don’t think so, at least not what I have planned and written so far. Originally, I was planning 3 Tselmnasa books–that’s all I’ll say beyond everything’s connected. After talking with Kendall, I’m looking at 4-5, with a sweet surprise in between. The first Tselmnasa novel is called Thorns of Salvation. Seeing a trend? Let your imaginations run wild.
Then, there is a series called After Ephinor. Almost completely science fiction, this will be a 2-3 book set in a whole realm of the galaxy. Enough said about that. Except…you get the idea.
Around the time Aelathia and Tselmnasa are wrapping up, my wife will begin working on a trilogy that takes place 300-400 years after the events of the last Aelathia book. We’ll then co-author the final book of it all together. Yes, we’ve planned it all. We know how it begins, we know all the major parts of the middle, and we know the end. Cheers.
Needless to say, I’ll be writing for a while.
Some folks have been inquiring about when the first book will be out. I do not yet have a publisher, nor an agent. My wife was my editor until she started her master’s course. Now, I’m my own editor, researcher, and assistant! Ahhh!!! Likely, you won’t understand until you’re the one who has to discover how to have ship-to-siege battles in a medieval/renaissance setting, how the Francan’s dress, and what the Zelvatores worship, let alone architecture, or how a virus or poison may progress. That’s why there’s been so much of a delay (myoclonus spasms or no)–nearly a year between when I actually finished the last draft of Weavings, then sliced it up (more on that below), and finally polishing it with a good thick, battle sequence at the end (plus the beginning, middle, middle, etc).
Status of Projects
“Weavings” (Aelathia Book 1) is 80% finished editing.
“Thorns” (Tselmnasa Book 1) is still about 15% first draft,
“Rose” (Aelathia Book 2) is barely 2% written–unless I pull from all the scenes nixed from Weavings–which then brings it up to 30-40%
A’banna’s Tome, prequel short story, 10% revised (enlarging it from 1500 words to 4000)
Outlines for the whole caboodle, each book, are finished. Of course, outlines shift and alter as the writing commences, but it’s helpful as a road map and continuity guide. Speaking of maps, you guessed it.
Other Projects: Non Fiction and Blogging
I’m now guest-blogging for a new website/group called Geek2Geek at http://nine23blog.wordpress.com/.
No, it’s not the dating site. We’re a group of…geeks… that write about anything from fantasy/scifi material, review books, movies and TV shows (like Noah or The Walking Dead), games (cards, board games, online MMO, etc), and more. There’s also a huge faith element that underlies everything there, which is kind of fun to play with.
Anytime I post on Geek2Geek, I’ll post a link on this website for you to zoom over and check it out.
Finally, if you’ve befriended me on Facebook, you know I’ve been running a series of very real, raw, honest evaluations on the nature of faith, suffering, love, etc. I’m going to continue to do so, and may set up a page here or on Geek2Geek that follows these posts. Further, it’s been suggested by a few folks that I compile these–and currently unpublished posts–into one volume. Whether that’s a devotional or simply a book. I’m considering it. For right now, I’m going to continue running with the series whenever I’m not working on the fiction novels. We’ll see where that takes us.
Just For Fun
You know I love LEGOS. If I haven’t told you before, I’m telling you now. I’m currently building sets for all 3 of the fiction series I mentioned above. That’s right, including minifigures. Most of the sets are still in development. I’ll share those–and the characters–when the timing is right. It’s been fun to build these sets and visualize the various worlds in a very, mini, plastic block way. (Plus, keeps my mind and hands busy on some bad spasmatic days. There’s only so much TV via internet one can take…)
Wheel of Time: A Crown of Swords by the esteemed Robert Jordan
The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis
These books I’m reading on my Kindle–it’s far easier to hold for the lengthy amount of time I prefer to read. Sadly, due to the sheer size and the ability of my arms, I’ve tragically postponed reading Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance. It smiles at me from the edge of my table, patiently waiting for my return. I also plan on finishing Alon Shalev’s The Walls of Galbrieth. When my arms are working long enough to hold a book, I’m reading such non-fiction as The Complete Idiots Guide to Aquaponic Gardening and Square Foot Gardening. Hmm…why would that be?
Even with spinal myoclonus, there’s a lot to do! As I once wrote months ago, myoclonus can’t stop the writer!
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Thanks for reading! Any questions, feel free to ask on Twitter! As they say in Aelathia’s Southern Province of Cardor, “Thawed and planting!”