Writing Update – July 2017

List of Projects:

  • The Traitor and the Thief – Rewriting almost completed.
  • Origin – Awaiting review and decision on how to move forward.
  • The Revenant and the Reaper – Outline completed, chapter-by-chapter plan completed.
  • The Darkness in the Deep – Outline completed, chapter-by-chapter plan completed.
  • This Vision of Darkness – Adventure completed, available for sale at DriveThruRPG and RPGNow.

The Traitor and the Thief

The rewriting of The Traitor and the Thief continues, as I found other structural issues with the story. As I said in the last update, I want this book to be a strong entry in the Undying Empire: Rebellion trilogy, so I’m spending the time and energy to get it right before I publish it.

The Blog

I want to continue to provide interesting and useful posts on this blog, but I’m also cognizant of the writing time it takes up. I’m trying to find a good balance between developing content here and actually finishing my novels, and I admit I’ve struggled with that over the last few months.

I’ve decided to retire my old blog plan and focus on providing interesting and/or useful content for my favorite roleplaying games. However, that’s a route that could easily distract me from my novel writing, and that’s not what I want either.

So my plan is to post small things that will be available here for free, such as useful maps (regional maps or battle maps for miniatures), creatures for various RPG systems, adventure ideas for various RPGs, and other similar content.

Over the last few months I’ve focused on larger projects, such as the Draconem Sub-Sector and This Vision of Darkness, but those have taken up too much of my writing time. I still have other projects in the works (including an officially-licensed adventure for a great RPG), but they must fit into the space between my novels, not as a replacement for them.

Short Stories

One thing I’m going to suspend for now is my plan to publish a new short story each month. At this point, I’ve got a good selection of free stories available, and I hope new readers find them enjoyable. I will continue to write and publish new stories every so often, but that will be a) when I have an idea I cannot let go, b) I have the time to write the story without taking me away from my primary objectives.

Other Projects

As you can see from the summary list at the top, the other projects have had no movement as I’ve focused on The Traitor and the Thief and also the two RPG projects that I’ve completed. I expect this to change in the near future as I refocus my priorities.

That’s it for this week. See you all next Sunday.

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