Friday, September 15, 2023

Third Draft of Book 2 from the Wolves of Stormfall

I've completed the third draft for Book 2 of the Wolves of Stormfall. This novel bridges between where the first book in the Wolves of Stormfall series left off, and Callisto's appearance years later in Books 3 and 4 of the Stormfall Chronicles. The text now stands at 36,700 words long, compared to 25,400 at the end of the second draft. It's starting to feel more like it has the pieces in place. Just need to flesh it out a bit.

At this point, I have Book 4 of the Stormfall Chronicles ready for release (absent a cover design which is still in work), a third draft of Book 2 from the Wolves of Stormfall (I usually release a title after the sixth or seventh draft), and a first draft complete for a prequel to the Wolves of Stormfall. The first draft for Book 3 of the Wolves of Stormfall, which follows Callisto's story following the events in the Stormfall Chronicles, is partially complete.

A lot of balls to keep in the air, but I suspect things will fall into place more quickly now.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Another Cover Teaser

It's coming time for my daughters to return to university. I'll be making the trek with my middle daughter tomorrow. Always a sad time of year to see them go. They are so much a part of my life and my writing.

In the meantime, I thought I might post another teaser from the Book 4 cover design.

Friday, August 11, 2023

On the Road

I’ve been traveling this week, dropping my oldest daughter back off in Pullman, Washington ahead of the Fall

2023 semester. It’s always sad when I have to drop them off again. My kids have been so much a part of my life, and my writing, for so many years. I have one more daughter to drop off at university (in South Carolina) next weekend.

Been trying to catch up on some of my editing while I’m at it. Currently working on edits to Book 2 of Callisto’s story - which will be released initially on Vella.

The picture was taken in Montana on my drive back. Still a few more states to go.

Saturday, August 5, 2023

Cover Design Taking Shape

Cover design for Book 4 of the Stormfall Chronicles is slowly taking shape.

It sometimes takes longer than what I might like - so in the meantime i thought I might post a teaser.

Sunday, July 9, 2023

Final Draft for Book 4 Complete

My oldest daughters are back from college for the summer, and the seventh and final draft for Book 4 of the Stormfall Chronicles is at last complete. The text now stands at 126,000 words long, compared to 122,000 at the end of the sixth draft.

It obviously took longer than expected, but there were a lot of loose ends to tie up. My middle daughter still needs to complete the cover art for the final installment, but it's getting closer.

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Road Trip

I thought I might post a picture from my road trip, taken from a rest area in Pennsylvania. I'm on my way to pick up my eldest daughter from school. The cross-country road trip has become a twice annual tradition of sorts, with my eldest daughter attending university in Washington state, and with our home being in Connecticut. In another month I'll be picking up my middle daughter from her university in South Carolina (she's taking "extended May" classes this year). Needless to say, I've been very much looking forward to having them home for the summer.

As some are already aware, my daughters have been my beta readers throughout my publishing journey, providing critical feedback for my writing, and also creating the covers for each of the books. There have been many times when I've crafted a particular passage of the novels with them in mind: looking forward to hearing their response when they later read it. They have been a crucial part of this process, and part of my motivation for publishing these stories as well.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Second Draft for Book 2 of the Wolves of Stormfall

I completed editing the second draft for Book 2 in the Wolves of Stormfall. I really needed to get that story in a better place, fill out some of the gaps in the tale, before embarking on my final edit for Book 4 of the original Stormfall Chronicles series.

Small victories, after all.