A writing update! So, after taking a little time off from writing in January, I got back to work again. I've temporarily set aside Accord of Honor - no worries, it's still coming. But I wrote a short novel last November that, on first read, was in pretty good shape. So I've been hammering that into publishable condition. I should be completing the semi-final revision today, after which it will go to beta readers. Then last touch ups, and off to press.
I plan to have it available from ebookstores everywhere by the end of this month.
The novel follows the early adventures of Ryan Blackwell, a college student attending Northshield University, in Vermont. Ryan can use magic, and those skills plunge him into a deadly series of encounters shortly after arriving on the campus. As his understanding of magic increases, so too does the danger.
The book is about 45,000 words long, a short novel. I have plans for a series of adventures based on these characters. The second is already started - I'm about 10k words in - and I'll be finishing that along with Accord once I have Darkness done.
In other news, I've gotten four short stories completed so far this year. One, I already mentioned here, got me into a writing workshop last month. That one's been tweaked and is going out for submissions. Another (a Ryan Blackwell short) will be published later this year in a SF&F anthology - working to get the Darkness novel out before the anthology is released is part of why I shifted focus. And the others will be put out in ebook form shortly - an Accord prequel story, and a short about another character I created many years ago, who I may bring back for a longer work sometime soon.
So it's been a busy twelve days! The progress has been excellent, and I'm looking forward to moving ahead with increasing energy. Lots to do, lots of stories to tell.