Orin Chronicles Update 2

As the release date for Vol. 7 of The Orin Chronicles has now passed, it has become obvious that this volume has been delayed once more. Currently, I am anticipating a release by the 25th of the month and this will have an impact on future volumes as well. From here on out, volumes will be released towards the end of the month when they are ready. The days of the “adventure of the week” format have not come to an end, but each successive volume now incorporates more and more of the mythology which means I have a lot of decisions to make.

As an apology for this second delay, let me give some brief hints as to what is coming beginning with Volume 7: Anniversary.

Vol. 7 – This volume not only sets the tone for the remainder of the story, but it features a new recurring villain as well.

Vol. 8 – History that has been hinted at and briefly discussed for 7 volumes now will finally be revealed.

Vol. 9 – Putting more ‘Orin’ in The Orin Chronicles than ever before.

Vol. 10 – A spiritual sequel to a previous volume.

Vol. 11 – Time magic.

What occurs in Volumes 12 and 13 I’m not ready to talk about just yet, but I think it’s easy to guess the broad plot direction for at least one of them. I know these tidbits don’t make up for the delay in the release, but I hope it makes you excited for the future of the series and allows you to understand why it’s critical that I take my time with things from here on out.



What is The Library Series: Recreations?

Very early this morning I updated the Library Series and sent out a tweet about the promised additional Library Series project. The series has concluded, so this is a celebration of the series rather than a fifth installment. Currently planned for late Summer 2013, Recreations will be a small work for Library Series fans available for free. Some additional stories will be included involving the world of The Library Series, but not heavily involving its characters. The reason for this is that The Collapsing of Infinity focused on the characters and resolving their stories and having additional information would take away from the Book Four experience. This doesn’t mean that I recommend reading Recreations at any point in the series, it’s certainly to be read after everything’s concluded, but it does mean that there is a definitive boundary between The Library Series proper and this bonus work.

Additional information will come when I’m closer to releasing the project, but I wanted to remind everyone that I intended to make up for the lack of Reconstructions at the end of Books Three and Four. The tone of those books and how they ended made including additional stories seem inappropriate and so this is where they will be found. I look forward to crafting this project as I work on The Orin Chronicles and before summer is over (remember that summer ends in September) fans of The Library Series will get something special. That’s my goal.

Orin Chronicles Update

This months’ volume will be delayed from the 15th to the 20th for the sake of sanity. Every month until now I’ve dreaded writing The Orin Chronicles not because it was a monthly series, but because I had 15 days per month to work on it. Now that I’m no longer working on The Library Series during the latter half of each month, I have a full month to work on each Volume which means I will no longer dread writing it due to time constraints and which is why I’m freeing up my schedule a little bit this time around by pushing back the release 5 days. Subsequent volumes will continue to be released on the 15th.

To be honest, I think I’ve been lucky to get Volumes 1-5 out on time. To think of a good story that you’re engaged with and then to write and edit it so that it’s at least 16,000 words in 15 days is quite a task. The end of Volume 5 is really where I worried about running out of ideas to reach 13 volumes. I have a vague idea of what happens in all of the volumes from here on out, but a vague idea does not make a story that lasts approximately one hour. I had a little bit of extra time to think about Volume 6 due to injury and now I just need 5 more days to get Volume 7 into a good condition.

From here on out, with a full month for each Volume after 8 (with 8 having a total of 23 production days) I will have no issue with making sure I have a good story, I’m moving and developing the plot and characters properly, and when I reach 16,000 words I’ve told a good story that I’m happy with. As I said, I was lucky with Volumes 1-5 (and 6 as well) in that I told good stories, despite their flaws, in such a short span of time. Now I’ll be able to have far more confidence in and assure that the stories turn out the way I want rather than getting lucky that I came up with a good idea.

I really feel that I’ve been pushing myself as a writer this year and I’m happy with the results so far. It’s safe to say The Orin Chronicles is my biggest challenge thus far and it will continue to be up until the very last word of Volume 13.