I’m told some readers enjoy reading author reports -? about the “back end” of the writer’s working life.? I’m told it’s like peering into the writer’s mind by some readers.
Well, good luck if you peer into mine and get lost in there. I have a hard enough time some days figuring out what’s going on and if you wander in on one of those days?
Oh wait, that’s not what they mean?
Here’s an update on what’s happening with the site and books.
The First Book
I’ve finished the first book – that’s the one you’re reading now week by week. The copyeditor had a kick at it and I’ve some rewriting and correcting to do but that’s to be expected.? It’s on the list and I do a bit every day to keep that moving and fresh in my mind.
You may have noticed the title of the book changed a bit (but only if you’ve visited the website regularly).? I’m now working on “The Merlin Chronicles: Subtitle”? As the project grew in scope, so did the title.
So the first short stories ebook you downloaded – is now titled “The Merlin Chronicles: Origins” ? The book I’m mailing out is now scene by scene is??“The Merlin Chronicles: The Mage Returns” I’ll move forward from there.
The Rest Of The Series
I’ve been outlining and sorting out story lines and taking a lot of deep breaths.? This project grew and grew and every time I turned around one of the characters had another thought, “What if we tell just this one thing?” ? I must say Merlin was the worst of the lot – he has more stories to tell than any ten people I’ve ever known.
Ever had one of “those moments”? You know, when you suddenly realize the small, simple thing you took on has just mushroomed into one of “those” moments in your life when you aren’t sure how you’ll get it all done.
(I’m not counting getting up in the morning. Coffee is for getting that sorted out and all done.)
This happened to me as I explained in an earlier post, but the hard reality of making it all work landed with a hollow thud – like a three-year old’s head on a wooden floor – this month. It was almost the same shock and an almost equal feeling of surprise (but without the pain).
How Many Stories?
You’re meeting all the main characters in the emails I’m sending out. And together, they’ve created eight major story lines with their various relationships.
When Will I Publish The Series?
My sense of this is a bit cloudy. I need Merlin to continue dictating and sometimes getting him to sit down and chat is impossible. The man has more fingers in more pies than you can imagine and he’s always ducking out for one thing or other.
Having said that, I’m roughly 50,000 words into the project.? My best guess at this point is I’m going to need 300,000 words to transcribe and tell the stories the way Merlin is dictating them to me.
I suspect this is another 3-4 months but…
Having said that, I’m happy with book one and you’ll continue to receive a weekly chapter in your inbox.
I have high hopes by the time I get book one all mailed out, I’ll have the rest of them done.
As always thanks for reading and I wish you all the best of this holiday season no matter how you celebrate.