Dervish Complete

I have learned several important facts about myself this last month. Most of them revolve the fact that I apparently have lost my ability to gauge how many words a particular story idea will take to manifest. This, in turn, leads to several announcements. They are, in no particular order:

  1. Do you recall a month ago when I said that it would take a week to finish Dervish, if I hustled? I did not hustle.
  2. Do you recall me saying that the story would likely be less than 150k words at completion? That also turned out to be a lie. The final draft sits at just over 165k, not counting appendix and other auxiliary items.
  3. Some of this was out of my control, as I once again found myself sick and in bed for the last several weeks, struggling to find the energy to handle my day job and children, let alone write after all my other work is done. This, unfortunately, is a problem that will persist until such time as a medical professional can determine what, if anything, is wrong with me. Given the difficulty in accessing medical services at the moment, I don’t expect this problem to resolve itself any time soon, so future projects may be delayed as a result.
  4. Most importantly of all, however, to the point it bears repeating, DERVISH IS DONE. It’s far longer and more complex than I anticipated, but I absolutely love how this book turned out. It has a little bit of everything: aerial battles, high-speed car chases, giant gladatorial battles, and plus lots of crazy new monsters, puzzles, and magic items.

So that’s where everything stands at the moment. I’m intending to take a few more days of rest before I start in on my read-through of the book, and around the end of July it’ll be handed off to beta readers, with a likely publishing date of sometime in the early fall. Not ideal, but considering I’ve been working on this book since last October, when it was split off from Conduit, I guess I should just be glad that this project will be completed at all.

I’m sure some of you are wondering about the state of Bulletproof Witch, what with so much of my focus on Luf and co. recently. Rest assured, book six is my next project, sort of. I do have something new I’ll be launching on Royal Road in the fall as well, but that is already half done as it is, and I should be able to work on Temperance’s story simultaneously. Ideally I’d like to get the first draft done by the end of 2022, with an early 2023 release. Fingers crossed I can actually hold to that, the way life has been lately.

On a side note, it’s been a while since I posted an update on the SPFBO reading project, but I haven’t forgotten it entirely. I’ve managed three more of the books since May, as noted below.

  1. The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung (Review Here)
  2. The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden (De-Listed)
  3. City of Burning Shadows by Barbara Webb (Review Here)
  4. Sins of a Sovereignty by Simon Watts (De-Listed)
  5. What Remains of Heroes by David Benem (DNF)
  6. Shattered Sands by WG Saraband (De-Listed)
  7. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James (Review Here)
  8. Priest by Matthew Colville (Review Here)
  9. A Soul for Trouble by Christa McHugh (DNF)
  10. Paternus by Dyrk Ashton (Review Here)
  11. Fionn by Brian O’Sullivan (Review Here)
  12. Larcout by KA Krantz (Review Here)
  13. Assassin’s Charge by Claire Frank (Review Here)
  14. The Music Box Girl by KA Stewart (Review Here)
  15. The Moonlight War by SKS Perry (Review Here)
  16. Outpost by FT McKinstry
  17. The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis

End of the Tunnel

Dervish is now at 122,481 words. While this definitely isn’t going to be done at 130k, it’s not looking like it’ll be quite 150k, either. Somewhere in-between. Meaning if I really push, I could have this story done in a week. That’s a rather heady feeling. Probably will take a little longer, but I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel now. Won’t be much longer until I’m out and on to the next project.

End of May

Just another wordcount update today, afraid there’s not much else to report. The weather at my place has been a weird mix of rain-sun-rain all month, emphasis on the rain. Good for getting writing done, bad for my garden.

Current wordcount is at 112,583.

Progressing

I haven’t posted an update about my progress through the SPFBO books for a while, which admittedly did get sidelined for a while in favor of reading a bunch of RR stuff. Now that I’ve burned through most of the stories I started on there, I’m back to trying to at least finish the first two years (if not three) by the end of 2022.

  1. The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung (Review Here)
  2. The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden (De-Listed)
  3. City of Burning Shadows by Barbara Webb (Review Here)
  4. Sins of a Sovereignty by Simon Watts (De-Listed)
  5. What Remains of Heroes by David Benem (DNF)
  6. Shattered Sands by WG Saraband (De-Listed)
  7. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James (Review Here)
  8. Priest by Matthew Colville (Review Here)
  9. A Soul for Trouble by Christa McHugh (DNF)
  10. Paternus by Dyrk Ashton (Review Here)
  11. Fionn by Brian O’Sullivan (Review Here)
  12. Larcout by KA Krantz (Review Here)
  13. Assassin’s Charge by Claire Frank
  14. The Music Box Girl by KA Stewart
  15. The Moonlight War by SKS Perry
  16. Outpost by FT McKinstry
  17. The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis

In writing news, I’m 101,902 words into Dervish now, with probably another 30k to go to finish (feeling cute, might make it as long as 150k, I dunno). Really feeling good about this book. It probably has more action and adventure in it than the first two combined!

90k

Hey everybody, just a quick update. Managed to hit 90,982 yesterday. Story is moving along at a nice clip, and I’m honestly really happy with how Dervish is turning out. Probably going to be the best in the series so far.

…Our Regularly Scheduled Program

Okay, I did NOT mean for 2 months to go by between updates! Really, I’m not entirely sure how I dropped the ball that badly. I had a series of art posts I was going to put up following the release of Conduit, showing how the artwork was developed and everything. I guess I’ll plan for that post later this week. Le sigh…

Actually, I *do* know how it is that so much time passed. I got fairly sick there near the end of February, and then recovered, and then got sick again around the middle of March… all in all, I think I was basically a pathetic potato for about 5 weeks. It was not a fun way to spend the beginning of spring, let me tell you!

Not that I wasn’t busy writing during that time, I actually got something like 60k words done! Just… none of them were on Dervish. Yeah, sorry about that. I really meant to! Starting another side project wasn’t really on my list, but sometimes these things happen.

I can’t say much about it at this point, other than what was supposed to just be a chapter or two to get it out of my system kind of morphed into something bigger. I’m having a few trusted people look at it right now, and if they don’t think its utter rubbish I’ll probably be posting it on Royal Road in the near future.

However, I am back to working on Dervish now, with about two major arcs to write before its done. It is my sole focus for the next month or so to get it done and to beta readers, so should (fingers crossed) have a late summer/early fall release.

I’m also dedicated to at least getting the first draft of Bulletproof Witch book 6 done this year, although its actual publication date may not happen before 12/31. It is going to be a shorter book though, so there’s no reason I can’t hammer it out in a month if I REALLY dedicate myself. Whether that happens or not will probably depend on if that unnamed project ends up taking off or not. If it does, I might get delayed, but that’s a big if. Either way, book six will get finished, so I can get that albatross from around my neck at last.

Readifications

On Sunday night, I clicked the submit button and sent off the final draft of Conduit to Amazon. Now all that’s left is to sit back and wait for the angry reviews to roll in…

I kid. Kinda, sorta. I’ll be the first to acknowledge that this isn’t the strongest book I’ve written. Still lots of great moments in it, some really bada$$ fights, some hilarious dialogue… but it’s also a fairly heavy book that the litRPG community will probably hate even more than they did the first one. Unfortunately, not much I can do about that. This is a series that defies expectations, and I understand how some people would be not-ok with that.

But, on the flip side, I am getting close to releasing a new project on Royal Road! Yes, the very thing I’ve been threatening to do for months now is actually reaching completion! I’m thinking probably an early summer release at this point, but maybe if I can pull enough together before then, some magic might happen early. I did manage to write some 15k words on that project over the last week, when I just needed a break from all of the Conduit editing.

Of writing on Dervish… well, the less said the better. Now that Conduit is off my plate I’ll get back to it post-haste, I swear.

Reading has been moving along, I’m still paced several books ahead of where I need to be to hit my goal of 50 for the year. Didn’t quite make it last year, but I blame reading RoW for that, really should have counted that as 4 books…

Oh, and I have now read through all of the 2015 SPFBO books. I did DNF on two of them, and three more were no longer available to purchase, so really we’re only talking about 4 books. Future years will probably take significantly longer. With luck I should be able to at least get through 2017 before this year is out though.

  1. The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung (Review Here)
  2. The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden (De-Listed)
  3. City of Burning Shadows by Barbara Webb (Review Here)
  4. Sins of a Sovereignty by Simon Watts (De-Listed)
  5. What Remains of Heroes by David Benem (DNF)
  6. Shattered Sands by WG Saraband (De-Listed)
  7. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James (Review Here)
  8. Priest by Matthew Colville (Review Here)
  9. A Soul for Trouble by Christa McHugh (DNF)
  10. Paternus by Dyrk Ashton
  11. Fionn by Brian O’Sullivan
  12. Larcout by KA Krantz
  13. Assassin’s Charge by Claire Frank
  14. The Music Box Girl by KA Stewart
  15. The Moonlight War by SKS Perry
  16. Outpost by FT McKinstry
  17. The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis

Conduit Announcement!

Well, I only managed 4k words of so of writing this week. That’s the bad news. The good news is that on the flip side, I’ve been working to get book 2 ready for publishing, and it is finally in the pre-order stage!!!

That’s right, CONDUIT: Second Book of the Ascendant will be out March 3. I’ll also be running a freebie on Fatedancer through that weekend, so, you know, tell your friends and all that.

Reading Update

So I’m only through two books in my SPFBO Challenge so far, and already I’ve run into a problem—three of the books that won in the first two years have been de-listed on Amazon. I’m hoping this was a choice on the author’s part rather than them being removed due to some quirk of the system. Amazon can be… difficult sometimes if your book gets pulled for random reasons (for a great example, check out this post by Mark Lawrence, or even more recently this issue that Phil Tucker had with his new book Bastion), but regardless, unless I can find an alternative source for those books, I’ll have to skip them. Pity.

So my current TBR lists looks as such—

  1. The Thief Who Pulled on Trouble’s Braids by Michael McClung (Review Here)
  2. The Weight of a Crown by Tavish Kaeden (De-Listed)
  3. City of Burning Shadows by Barbara Webb (Review Here)
  4. Sins of a Sovereignty by Simon Watts (De-Listed)
  5. What Remains of Heroes by David Benem
  6. Shattered Sands by WG Saraband (De-Listed)
  7. Under a Colder Sun by Greg James
  8. Priest by Matthew Colville
  9. A Soul for Trouble by Christa McHugh
  10. Paternus by Dyrk Ashton
  11. Fionn by Brian O’Sullivan
  12. Larcout by KA Krantz
  13. Assassin’s Charge by Claire Frank
  14. The Music Box Girl by KA Stewart
  15. The Moonlight War by SKS Perry
  16. Outpost by FT McKinstry
  17. The Shadow Soul by Kaitlyn Davis

In writing news, Dervish hit 74,892 words this week, which officially makes it longer than Conduit (and probably only about 2/3 done, maybe less). Progress, progress, progress.