To my faithful readers, I’m sorry that this chapter has been so long in coming. Its overall length (which is twice as long as any other chapter I’ve ever written and nearly half the word doc currently), combined with my work schedule and constant distracting myself have led to a delay in it’s completion. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue at the previously established pace of about a chapter a month, but I make no promises. Hope times are going well for everyone and that you enjoy! And if you’d like to help me achieve this pace, please feel free to donate to my Patreon (located at the side). I’m still also in the process of publishing Supernaturalis Mortem, and could always use a hand raising funds for that. Comment if you think I should try Kickstarter again or something like GoFundMe to help get that little bit to help with everything.
I cannot express how excited I am that, after nearly 12 weeks of waiting, I finally got an answer about publishers wanting to publish my work. And I’m overjoyed to announce that they’ve offered me a deal to publish Supernaturalis Mortem! I still need to gather up $7500 to go forward with the publication, but this is it folks: my first big break! Hopefully, by this time next year, you’ll be able to see me on a dust jacket as you clamour to buy your own copy of my second novel! Have a look yourselves and see what they had to say.
Seriously, I’m so excited! I can’t stop smiling, and probably won’t until Sunday night! If anyone is curious, I’m still writing The Visagar Chronicles; I’m trying for a chapter a month release schedule (no set day on when I put up Ch.4, it’s just whenever I finish it). So if you check for a new chapter every 10 days or so, there should be a new one within every 3 checks (if I stay on schedule).
Well would you look at me, I’ve posted two chapters to the newest story taking place in Bolfodier within the first two months of both announcing and and actually starting to write it. While this is a great step in the direction of progress on my end, lets not get ahead of ourselves and say my chronic procrastination is in remission/cured (because it never will be). But through sheer force of will, I’ve pushed myself to write more in my seemingly ever shrinking free time (anybody else working 6 days a week, only to be just scraping by?). If this bout of discipline keeps up, I hope to make it to the dragons by the start of summer (but we’ll see how well that goes as my track record with self imposed deadlines is shoddy at best, especially when I’m back in one of my favourite sandboxes). I think the next few chapters will focus around Sheik finding and recruiting those chosen by destiny before we head out to the main thrust of the plot. Within the next couple of weeks, I hope to have added some more stuff to my Patreon page, giving some profile info for the main (and maybe side?) characters, and just having some new content so that people maybe start actually giving to it. Also within the next few weeks (if not sooner) I’m hoping to have heard back from the publishers that I sent L&L and Supernatualis Mortem to, so keep your fingers crossed for that to be good news (I’ll definitely be giving an update here once I’ve heard back from them).
Ok, so I was actually able to somewhat follow the schedule/deadline I’d set for myself back when I finished Supernaturalis Mortem back in May. And while I’m still hoping to get that and L&L published, I’m going to be starting to write the pseudo-sequel to The Kanta Chronicles, which I’ve decided to call The Visagar Chronicles. Set 2-5 centuries (I haven’t fully decided how much time I want to have had passed) after the end of TKC, this new story will focus on Sheik Visagar on their quest to return magic to Bolfodier. If you’d like a fuller plot breakdown, you can join my Patreon at the side/below where Patrons can now read a plot synopsis for this upcoming work. I’ll still be posting new chapters whenever I finish them to FictionPress, but some sneak peaks and additional info/lore will be posted there as it comes up, so be sure to check in every now and then. I’ll also be adding to the Pronunciation Guide for all the old stories, as well as this one, within the next few days. And hopefully, I’ll have the first chapter or so posted by the end of January/start of February. Can’t wait to see where this takes me, as I’ve got a lot of story beats bouncing around in my head.
Well, I’ve finally finished Supernaturalis Mortem, and am now in the process of workshopping it and L&L to get them set for being (re)sent out for publication. I’ll let you all know how that goes as things develop, but I’ll probably be not posting any new writings for a while (goal is to start new stuff around the start of 2022, but we all know how good at deadlines I am). When I come back, I’ll be working on the sequel to The Kanta Chronicles (which is now available in audiobook format on Audible and iTunes, so take a listen and let me know what you think). If you’d like to speed up the process and get that sequel written faster, please donate to my Patreon so that I can start taking more time off work to write and not lose any money.
First off, I’d like to apologize for not posting updates recently; but honestly, I should just put that as a blanket statement at the top of the site because I don’t post updates all that often. Secondly, an update about the status of the audiobook version of The Kanta Chronicles: it’s being recorded and should hopefully be complete by the end of January, to be released to the public by mid-February if all goes well. I can’t wait until everyone gets to hear it, the narrator does a great job of bringing everyone to life, and it’s a weird experience to hear your words brought to life in such a professional manner.
Lastly, I wanted to give you all a bit of a lore update about holidays in the world of Bolfodier. Since we are in the Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza/Solstice season (sorry if I missed your specific holiday, but let me know for next year/future updates), I thought it would be an appropriate time to let you all in on the secret that Bolfodier does have holidays that every country celebrates. These four days are known as the Element Days, and are the days in which Bolfodier honours the elements that make up all living things: earth, wind, water and fire. On the days after the solstices and equinoxes, each element is honoured, and large feasts are shared among communities as a whole. Water is honoured in the summer, Earth in autumn, Wind in spring and Fire in winter. Depending on the time of year, the feasts will feature different types of foods that are associated with the honoured element. While Lilith, Hados, Nina and Korena aren’t associated with any of these days (although, they probably should be, as there’s one god(dess) for each Element Day), a general sacrifice to them is made by way of an offering given to the honoured element of that day. In winter, a portion of food is burned in the communal fires; summer sees the drowning of the symbolic representation of a month’s fasting (similar to Lent, people give something up for a month and then throw a representation of said thing into a local water source); in spring people write a wish for the year on a piece of paper and go to the highest place in the area and throw the paper into the wind; and during the autumn they bury a sin/greatest shame from the past year (also written on a piece of paper).
Ok, so I know that I haven’t been updating very much recently, but that’s been mainly because I haven’t had much to report. I had to put the audiobook on hold for a bit to raise some capitol (I think I’m good now, but having some more wouldn’t hurt, so donate at my Patreon if you can), and nothing has really happened with L&L beside the few publishers that got back to me in the year and bit since I sent out the requests back in Sept. 2019 saying that they couldn’t do it at the time. Supernaturalis Mortem is slowly coming along, and I’m writing when I can.
But the big thing that I’ve been working on is getting a new printer to help get more copies of The Kanta Chronicles made up for everyone to enjoy. To do that, I enlisted the help of some local publishers by the name of Pine Lake Books. They’ve actually been really helpful and willing to get all this done quickly so that we can have copies out ASAP. I might even ask them to publish L&L to see if they can help bring that to a wider audience.
But that’s really all I got for now. Hopefully I can get the audiobook back into production soon to have it ready by sometime between Christmas and New Year’s. I hope everyone’s staying safe in these crazy times.
Hey, look at me, doing an update not too long after I did the last one (and on a Friday to boot). So, as this post’s title suggests, I’ve been dabbling into audiobooks. Since I currently can’t print copies of The Kanta Chronicles, I figured that I should find a way to have people experience it. And so, I’ve begun hosting auditions for people to potentially narrate for me.
I’ve held off on doing this for awhile because I’ve never really liked the idea of audiobooks. Personally, I’ve always enjoyed having a physical copy that I can always consult and don’t have to struggle with rewinding if I need to reread a section. This isn’t to say that I’ve never used them before; when I was growing up, my family used to listen to A Series of Unfortunate Events on tape, which helped with boring car rides. And I hear a lot of people praising Audible these days, so to continue to spread the word on The Kanta Chronicles, I’ve decided to dip my toes in. I’ve had the audition notice up for about 10 days now and have already had about five or six auditions submitted. I’ll probably wait until I have at least 15 before I make a decision, but I’d like some help. If you guys listen to audiobooks, what do you look for in a narrator for you to enjoy experiencing the book in this medium?
Ok, so I know that with the world in quarantine, all the free time on our hands, that people might think I’ve been writing like crazy. Oh how wrong you are! As I work an essential job at my local grocery store, my free time has actually gotten less as some of my coworkers are unable/unwilling to work, leaving more for those of us who do. But I am still writing when I can; but as always my process is slow at best and sub-glacial at worst. I’ve posted the next few chapters to Supernaturalis Mortem to FictionPress (link below) for those who wish to see how that story is coming along.
As for the publishing status of Lucifer & Lilith and The Kanta Chronicles Ihave some news. With regards to The Kanta Chronicles, I made an error with regards to properly responding to authentication email around Christmas and have currently lost my ability to print new copies for the time being. I’m trying to get everything back to the way it was, but am still waiting on a few things from the people who helped me publish in the first place (but again with the quarantine, this might take awhile). But if this affects the online merchants like Chapters/Indigo, I don’t know (hopefully it hasn’t, but as I don’t know of anyone who actually has bought a copy that wasn’t from me, I can’t say). As for Lucifer & Lilith, I’m still waiting to hear back from the publishers I sent it out to back in September. I’m still very optimistic about L&L‘s chances of being picked up by someone, and will let the world know when it happens; but again, this whole pandemic situation may make this timetable much longer than initially hoped for back in September.
Stay safe everyone. Hopefully this will all end soon and the world can go back to something that resembles the old normal. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing when I can and post batches of chapters once a few have collected.
So I know that I’m extremely notorious for not updating this as much as I should (and I’m very sorry about that) but hopefully that will change this coming year (one resolution that I have is to be more active with my writing than I’ve been in the past). But, like this title says, I’ve posted the first few chapters to fictionpress. I’ve taken a page from George R.R. Martin and named the chapters after the character’s whose POV it is from. Let me know what you think of this style and the story in general. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season!