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Sisters of Chaos book 2 update June 5, 2018

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I haven’t said anything about the progress of the sequel to Enduring Chaos in a long time. It’s intentional, though I’m not exactly sure why. Some nonsensical, subconscious mix of not wanting to get anyone’s hopes up, feeling like people would just be frustrated with me posting about what I’m doing while still not having the book ready, feeling like I’m making too big a deal of it, still taking blog posts too seriously to just sit down and write one, or perhaps some straight-up pride (or guilt). But, it’s coming up on five years since the first book was released, which makes me groan, and I owe you, the readers, if nothing else, an explanation.

If you’ve been waiting for book two, all I can say is I’m sorry.

I have been working on it. After making a push last year and in late 2016, I finally finished the final first draft last summer. I then spent the next few months doing my preliminary edits before sending it off to beta readers in late fall. My beta readers gave me fantastic feedback, which came back in winter. Unfortunately, they made it clear that the story still needed some significant editing.

The editing has been a slog for the last few months. Just trying to figure out how to portray what I was trying to show instead of the less favourable impression the readers got, on one scene alone, held me up for a month or more. This has proven to be a very challenging book to write, and subsequently edit. There are particularly complex conflicts and character interactions, a whole wealth of new characters with their own cultures and histories to introduce, struggles not to bog down readers with too many characters or too much info in a notably bigger story than the first book*, dealing with all the backstory that a sequel entails (which I have never written before), remnants of earlier drafts that more often than not end up mucking up the works and have to be reworked, even hints of character development that the characters themselves aren’t aware of. Getting everything to align properly has also been tricky, because unlike every other book I’ve written, I wrote consecutively occurring storylines one POV at a time, and balancing timelines and spreading out scenes from different characters when I put it all together has required a lot of tweaking. It’s a lot of work and a lot of aspects that are difficult to handle.

* Spoiler alert: I completely failed at that one. Still working on some scenes there.

However, the beta readers are in agreement that it is a much better book than the first. Even though it’s not where I want it to be yet, I am quite pleased with it so far and have high hopes for it when it’s finished. The manuscript has already been through a lot of changes over the years and it has become a much stronger book for all the work I’ve put into it. I briefly considered trying to push it out for Gen Con this year, but I don’t want to rush it just to get it done. I want this book to be as good as it can be before I release it, particularly because it’s already better than the first book.

I have vowed not to write any other novel until I’ve finished this trilogy. I will, though, have a new short story related to the series in this year’s Missing Pieces volume at Gen Con. (It features a minor character introduced in book 2.) I do have at least a soft goal of having the book ready by next year’s Gen Con, if for no other reason than that the short story I have planned for next year’s Missing Pieces will contain a major spoiler for the book. I will admit that a couple years ago, I wrote a mostly unrelated novella that was intended to be for an earlier volume of Missing Pieces, but after finding that it needed much more editing than I could reasonably accomplish within the time frame for the anthology, it has been entirely back-burnered. Aside from that, and despite my muse occasionally (*cough* since last weekend) giving me a massive burst of inspiration for some other story, I have not written anything else.

I have a working title for the book which might end up being the final title, but I don’t want to share it yet because I’m not 100% satisfied with it.

For those who have been waiting for the book, thank you for your patience and I apologize again for the lengthy wait. If there’s anything you want to know about the book or any hints you’d like to see to hold you over until it’s ready, please don’t hesitate to comment here or send me a message through my contact form.

Meanwhile, I hope to see you at any of the Brain Lag events coming up this summer:

June 17: Brampton ComiCon – Brampton, ON
July 13-15: Ad Astra – Richmond Hill, ON
August 2-5: Gen Con – Indianapolis, IN
September 22: Forest City Comicon – London, ON

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SFContario and Enduring Chaos launch events November 23, 2013

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We are now officially less than a week away from the launch of Enduring Chaos! Plans are coming together for multiple launch events celebrating the release of this long-awaited book.

I will be at SFContario at the Ramada Plaza Hotel at 300 Jarvis St. in Toronto next weekend, November 29-December 1, where the official launch party for Enduring Chaos is taking place. Enduring Chaos will be available at the table for Brain Lag in the dealers room all weekend. I will also be sitting on two panels during the convention: Horror, Scifi and Fantasy in the Gardenview room Saturday at 1:00 and Strength of Characters in the Solarium room Sunday at 11:00.

The launch party for Enduring Chaos is taking place in the Courtyard room of the hotel Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. This event is open to the public so please come out and help me celebrate the release of the first book in the Sisters of Chaos trilogy with games, prizes, and more fun. RSVP not required, but if you do so by comment here or on the Facebook event page, you can have your very own custom-made SFContario badge for the party!

For those in the Milton, Ontario area, there will be another launch event happening at Recycled Reading at 171 Main St. on Friday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. Come out to meet the author, get a signed copy, learn more about the book, and enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages! For more information, feel free to visit the Facebook event page.

Enduring Chaos cover reveal and giveaway! October 11, 2013

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present the cover art for my next book, Enduring Chaos!

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Cursed with fearsome eyes and a dangerous gift, any chance of Damian Sires having an ordinary life was dashed the moment she was born. All her life, she has hidden her abnormalities and fought for acceptance behind the shadow of a veil and her respected merchant father.

When Damian’s power spirals out of control and casts her out alone into the world, she finds herself caught up in plots as old as the gods themselves. Bitter exiles, deposed nobility, clandestine knights, and a divine being with an ancient grudge all close in on the unstable power radiating from Damian.

Desperate to keep that power contained, she sets out with mysterious allies in an attempt to find someone who can help her in a world that fears magic. Yet the source of Damian’s ability is far more deadly than she imagined.

View Enduring Chaos on Goodreads.

In addition to the cover reveal, I am offering a giveaway to win a free e-copy of Ruins of Change by J. R. Dwornik, the first book in the world of Elderra! Simply comment on this post by October 25th and you will automatically be entered into the giveaway.

Indiegogo campaign a success! July 30, 2013

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Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to the fundraising campaign to create a live action trailer for Enduring Chaos. Thanks to your generous contributions, we surpassed our fundraising goal! I’m really looking forward to creating the trailer for my next book and seeing how it all comes out. I’ll be sharing progress updates here as it commences.

Also, one final reminder that I will be at the Pirate Festival in Milton, Ontario this weekend, Saturday through Monday. Look for Brain Lag in the Local Authors booth, or come out for a reading on the stage from 2:30-3:00 p.m. each day of the festival. I will be reading from Aurius on Saturday, Halcyon on Sunday, and I’ll be giving a new advance reading from Enduring Chaos on Monday. In addition, I’m very excited to say that I’ll have a sneak peek of the cover art for Enduring Chaos to share during the reading. So come out and have a look. Hope to see you there!

Final countdown July 26, 2013

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Huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to the Indiegogo campaign to create a live action trailer for my next book Enduring Chaos. We’re in the home stretch now – just two days left to fund the project. Please visit the campaign page today and help me make this dream a reality!

We’re also one week away from the Pirate Festival, where I will have a booth with other local authors. I will also be giving readings on the stage from 2:30-3:00 every day of the festival, including an advance reading from Enduring Chaos.

Other development with Enduring Chaos has forestalled updates here, and I regret to say it may be that way as we get into the final crunch time before its late November release. I will, however, be updating the Sisters of Chaos website regularly up until the release of the first book, so be sure to follow that for new material.

Also, I am pleased to report that I have made progress on the cover art for Enduring Chaos. Stay tuned! I hope to be able to reveal it soon.

Thanks for watching. This is an exciting time for me and I hope you’re as interested in the progress of Enduring Chaos as I am.

Introducing Sisters of Chaos! July 7, 2013

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The official website for my upcoming fantasy trilogy is now live! Check it out today for more information on the books and the world where they take place. I will be updating it biweekly on Fridays with new information on the world and even brand new short stories up until the release of Enduring Chaos.

Among the new material added to the site are two videos taken by fellow author Stephen B. Pearl. The first is an interview Stephen did with me at Ad Astra in April:

And the other is a recording of an advance reading I gave from Enduring Chaos at Faery Fest in Guelph two weeks ago:

Finally, please don’t forget about our Indiegogo campaign to produce a live action trailer for Enduring Chaos. We’ve made some great progress toward reaching our goal so far, but we still need your help. Contribute today for pre-release copies of the book and help spread the word!

Help me bring Enduring Chaos to life! June 13, 2013

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I’ve been keeping it under wraps, but the cat’s out of the bag now: I’m producing a live action trailer for my next book Enduring Chaos! I’m very excited about this. We already have a great crew gathered together and things are starting to come together for what looks to be a dramatic and exciting book trailer.

But I need your help! Please visit the crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo to help us fund the project and bring Enduring Chaos to life. Any amount you can contribute and any way you can spread the word about the trailer will help. And I’m offering pre-release ebooks starting with $10 contributions, and paperbacks from $35!

Please contribute today!

Why an author’s schedule is not his own January 31, 2011

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I seem to have committed myself to a lot more writing than I had initially planned.

I have been working on rewriting Ghost’s Reflection, now one of my oldest fantasy novels and my project for last NaNoWriMo.  Most of what I wrote last November has been scrapped, as further development in December and later has resulted in fairly significant changes to the story.

I have always known that this story spans more than one novel, as a portion of the conflict is left unresolved at the end.  Up until now, I’ve simply left that as is, as something to deal with later.  I was content with writing this story and looking forward to moving on to a different project afterward.

However, due to further discussion with my collaborator this weekend, that open ending has been sketched out into a full trilogy.  Not that I’m disappointed about that; what struck me about this development was that if I plan to publish this first book anytime in the near future, I’m going to have to continue writing the second and third books right afterward.  Otherwise, readers will lose interest with the series or believe that it will never be finished.

The idea of writing for others is one I’m still getting used to.  I first felt the pressure of a published author when I realized some months ago that if I was to sell at the 2011 Gen Con’s Author’s Avenue, I would need a new book to offer patrons.  Fortunately, that pressure has been lifted due to the fact that I should have a different book available for sale by that point, and that I won’t be going to Gen Con this year.

The pressure remains, though.  If one plans to write and release more than one book, and continue selling books, one must continue putting out new books at a regular pace.  There is an awful lot of competition for fantasy/science fiction novels out there and a reader’s interest must be maintained.

Of course, if my goal is to be a professional author, and publisher, then I need to learn how to write new books and find those by others to release consistently.  It’s part of the job and a part I must embrace if I am truly serious about pursuing my passion.

Finding that my writing schedule is no longer my own is a concept I’ll have to get used to, though.

Reiffen’s Choice October 29, 2009

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Been quiet on the creative front, but I am working on the cover image for the catgirl calendar, and November is starting in a few days.  I will be writing the sequel to Aurius for NaNoWriMo.  I had never planned for there to be a sequel to it, but Jake’s story simply wasn’t over.

For now, the latest book I read:

Reiffen’s Choice, S. C. Butler – Three children live a peaceful life in a quiet mountaintop manor when two of them, a displaced heir to the thrones of two kingdoms and his friend, are kidnapped and the former whisked off to the stronghold of three great, evil mages.  Paired up with a dwarf and a shape-shifting bear, the other two travel a difficult journey underground to rescue him.

This was a really enjoyable read.  Right from the beginning, the story drew me in, the opening introduction to the world setting an easy pace before the conflict begins.  There was something distinctly classic about the author’s voice, yet he set up a very rich, unique world in this novel.  The whole story is fairly slow-paced, but the tension is ever-present and left me wondering what was going to happen next.  It’s pure escapism and was really a delight to read.  I’m looking forward to reading the second in this trilogy.