Still here, still writing (and editing)! Book 6 is currently knee-deep in the Main Draft edits, with not much further work needed so far — but we’ll see what my editor says about my end chapters.
In short story news, the Firkad Sarovy stories continue with this one, Feathered Wolf! This one follows The Lay of the Land, which should definitely be read first, as the wolf-clan plot-line continues.
In The Lay of the Land, Sarovy was 14. This is three years later, putting him at 17 during an escalation of the war between two of the wolf-clans that border his assigned outpost. But the situation, as always, is never just about fighting, and he has choices to make.
Just a brief update. I’ve finished the Main Draft of Book 6, The Eye of Night. It’s currently out for a first full read before my editor and I start going over it chapter by chapter. I’m about 85% satisfied at this time, but I have a few specific sections to tweak a bit, and the ending (as it’s the series finale) definitely needs some more work.
My schedule is still a bit crimped by my Day Job’s new parameters, so I only really get two days a week to do serious writing. I’ll be taking next week off from that, but then starting work on another short story.
That’s pretty much it!
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Time for the third Firkad Sarovy short story. This takes place during his stint in the Sapphire Youth Corps, at the age of twelve — so it comes after Gargoyle Claws and before The Lay of the Land.
Not a big event, just a window into some of the relationship difficulties inherent in being Tevestyn.
There are probably three more short stories coming in Young Sarovy’s little arc, but my new work schedule makes it a bit tough to write them in my usual productive period. It might be a while before they come out, alas.
Here comes my second Firkad Sarovy short story! This is set well before the series, as it takes place on the eve (more or less) of his joining the Sapphire Youth Corps. Which would make him six, going on seven.
He was not the most manageable of kids.
The short stories I’ve been writing for him (one more actually written and a few more planned) are part of an arc that’s only partially shown in the novels. As I was sketching out my plans for post-series stuff, I realized that the character novellas I wanted to write couldn’t include some material, because of the narrators and time-period they covered. These, therefore (and the Enkhaelen stories) fill in some of the gaps, and if they ever go to print, will be bundled with the novellas for their particular character.
But! That’s for the future!
Due to work schedule adjustments, my pace on editing Book 6 has become pretty slow. (Doesn’t help that it’s 400+ pages, of course.) On the days where I don’t have a big chunk of time for editing, though, I’ve been picking at short stories — again. Specifically, Firkad Sarovy stories set before his summons to the Palace and subsequent exile into the west.
They’re surprisingly fun to write. He’s…an interesting kid, to say the least.
I have two others also written and currently being edited, both with him younger than here, and plan probably two more for after this one, to wrap up its particular storyline. They don’t include any spoilers for the series, though might raise some questions in the minds of series-readers.
As I’m still working on Book 6 edits and don’t have a new culture composite prepared yet, it’s time to post my second Book 3 short story! Again, this is a spoiler-thick tale which requires a lot of foreknowledge to understand, but I’d rather have it out here than languishing in my Story folder. It’s another That Bastard Enkhaelen one, but I promise that the next short story (currently being written!) will not involve him. And really, this might be the last Enkhaelen-focused short story that I write for a while, since it patches the few gaps in his timeline that I don’t plan to cover in other material.
Also, I promise I’m putting the read-more in here properly this time, and not a week later. >_<
Even though the Imperial Heartlands culture composites are just one step from finished, I’ve decided to pass beyond the borders to write up the independent nation of Gejara instead. The last Imperial province, after all, is Daecia and the Palace…
Earlier this year, I wrote two short stories that probably require a knowledge of Book 3, since most of the material won’t make sense otherwise. While I work on editing Book 6, I figured I’d post them anyway! This one is the second I wrote, but the most self-contained, so it seems like the better one to read first. It deals with how That Bastard Shaidaxi Enkhaelen ended up starting his metastatic mage program. Read on if you know what that means — or if you’re just randomly intrigued.
As of right now, The Bloodied Army (Book 5 of the War of Memory Cycle) is available on Amazon as an ebook! It’s wearing its temporary cover for now, and I don’t have an ETA for when it will receive its full cover or a print version.
About the series: The War of Memory Cycle is a post-medieval high-magic multicultural dark fantasy, with touches of both science fiction and horror. (Yay horror!) It’s continuing through its ‘epic’ phase, with the gods now directly meddling in affairs. It includes strong themes of identity, trauma, imperialism, religious conflict, LGBTQIA, and some serious body horror. I enjoy writing that last part maybe a bit too much.
If you haven’t read any but think you might be interested, check out the pages for Book 1 (The Light of Kerrindryr), Book 2 (The Splintered Eye), Book 3 (The Living Throne), and Book 4 (The Drowning Dark)! There will also be some free/discount days for the early books coming very soon.
Second-to-last of the Imperial provinces and protectorates is this quiet little place, sited in the shadow of the Rift and a vassal of the Empire for decades before the Empire invaded any other western territory. Averogne yielded easily to the Empire’s advances and accepted its troops without fuss, though it refused to cut down any of its woodlands to build garrisons. It was happy to sell wood to the Empire, however, and let Imperial troops man the protectorate’s current defenses.
And maybe marry into the population.
Or disappear into the woods.
Many invaders have disappeared into the Averognan woods.