Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Week #52 Update

Special Year-End Extended Edition

I hope you’ve all had a great year – certainly it’s been good for me, writing more books and reaching more readers.  And 2017 looks to be even better.

I’ve gotten partway into the rewrite of chapter 13 of Enemies of the Batsu and written about 90% of the first draft of Endurance of the Free.  (I’ve started on the last chapter, but there’ll be an epilogue as well, to wrap up the story.)  I’m too close to the end to have a sentence I can share which wouldn’t be spoilery, but I’ll try to tantalize you with this little tidbit –

The penultimate chapter is all from the point-of-view of one of the more minor characters, someone whose perspective you won’t have seen before.  And there’s a good reason why I won’t have given you any access to their thoughts until nearly the end of the trilogy.  Can you guess who and why?

Of course I’m having tons of fun, and it looks like I’ll finish that first draft over the next week or so, but I’ll still have plenty of rewriting and revising, polishing and proofreading yet to do on Book 2.  Knowing how everything ends should help me make Enemies of the Batsu that much better, though.  I hope to release Book 2 by the end of February, but I’m more focused on getting it done right than getting it finished fast.  The good news is that Book 3, completing the trilogy, should follow soon after – about 3 months?  So you shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out how it all ends.

I still haven’t written my behind-the-story posts on Peripheral Encounters, but then getting new books out takes precedence over writing about old ones.  But hopefully I’ll get to that (and those about Prohibited Activities as well) sometime soon.

And looking past Miraibanashi to the books I plan to write afterwards – I’m ready and eager to dive right into Slowpocalypse #5, which will feature a different cast of characters from Books 1-4, in a different setting.  A sort of standalone story set in the same universe.  And then Watchbearers #5, whenever I make it to that, will be just the opposite – an adventure that brings all the characters back together and ties in storylines from all the previous books.  You’ll definitely want to have read them first.

It’s looks like I’ve got a full year ahead, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the fruits of my labor.  Presuming we’re all still around to see them.

Now, have a happy (and safe) New Year’s.

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