Writing Update: June 2014 Finale Edition

With June about to come to an end, the year will soon be half over. Today’s update is going to be a quick one as I’m about to resume work on Memory Blood at full-speed after receiving the results of the QA and I’ve been planning things that I can’t yet talk about this week so there’s not much to talk about as of now. For this week, I’ll also return to the % format.

Memory Blood

Book One – QA Phase ending, ~50% finalized.
Book Two – Currently being designed.

The Academy Series and The Orin Chronicles

Development paused. Next volume for The Academy Series and the next volume for The Orin Chronicles are about 50% written.

Future Works

Potential 2016 Project – About 10,000 words written. Concept in flux.
Mystery Series – Currently being designed.
After the Mystery Series – ???

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Writing Update: June W3 Edition

In 10 days, the QA period for Memory Blood will be over and I’ll resume working on the book. Even before receiving any feedback, there are a couple of things that I’m going to begin working on soon.

The major addition is an additional story. Right now, I’d like for there to be more content in the book and so a new adventure will be added in the middle of the book which will bring the total number of stories to 5. I don’t want to upset the balance of the book so I’ll be thinking carefully about what sort of a story it will be and how it will fit into the character arcs of Mara and Dustin.

The addition of a new story at this stage might make it seem like I’m rushing to add new content, but I can assure you this is not the case. The first half of the book already feels very good, but this new story will have a ripple effect on the second half where there are many things I’d like to clean up and get into a state ready for presentation to everyone which is why the month of July will be vital to the development process for this book.

The planning for the second book will also continue into July and once Memory Blood is released I’ll start working on Memory Blood 2 right away. I already have some ideas for some new characters and the vague settings and direction of the story but I’d like to work on that a little more while finishing the first book. The tone of the second book is already distinct from the first and I’m looking forward to writing it and seeing what kind of adventures will be had in the next installment.

As an additional note, I’ve been thinking about writing beyond Memory Blood a lot lately and I’ve been thinking about pushing my mystery series back to 2017 and doing something else in 2016. Plans are always subject to change, but I wanted to stress this point as I accidentally made a soft announcement for my mystery series when I’m not yet ready to commit to anything. It won’t be until around this time next year that I’ll know for sure what I’m doing immediately after Memory Blood and you can expect a formal announcement when we do reach 2016.

 

The Master Timeline (Fragment Alpha-7)

It’s been a while. How are you doing?

I don’t know if you can hear me. At the same time, I don’t know if I’m capable of hearing you. Furthermore, I don’t know who we are. Today, I had the experience of having memories. Have you ever felt such a thing? As part of the Alpha Fragments we’re supposed to be isolated recollections of events. We can form a larger whole, but on our own we’re supposed to be nothing more than a slice of a world. Hmm, I wonder if I have even that right…

My memories are what I want to speak to you about. Have you heard of The Library Series? It’s the name I came up with for a sequence of events about a specific world. The Library Complex, The Weapon of The Kara, The Cult of Eternal Darkness, and The Collapsing of Infinity. These are my names for four major parts of this sequence of events. Once I remembered this, I also remembered other things. Long before this sequence of events, there was the story of the Memory Blood. Immediately after this sequence there was The Orin Chronicles and The Academy Series. I’ve only collected memories for some of these sequences though so my knowledge of them is incomplete.

After those two comes something else. There’s another big sequence of events, but before that other things seem to be happening as well. I’m not sure that I understand, but as I said… we’re just Alpha Fragments. We’re not supposed to understand.

Hey, did you realize that everything is connected?

What’s that? It doesn’t matter?

I suppose you’re right. Just as a human lives from Year X to Year Y and never has the experience of living to Year Z, the world of the Memory Blood and the world of The Library Series are different experiences. Whether they’re connected or not doesn’t matter for those living in each world. But for the gods, it might matter. Reyskaw Marcosius Velorus… I keep hearing that name despite the fact I’ve only met them individually.

Well, I guess what I’m really trying to say is that I think this is all quite amazing. Then again, I’ve only just remembered these things. Maybe I’ll forget them not long from now and maybe I’ll remember them again after that. Whatever happens, I’m glad I was able to talk to you for a while even if we can’t really communicate. Sometimes shouting at the moon is pointless, but you can’t prove that no one can hear you no matter how crazy you might look to others.

That’s right. There are many things we can never know and can never prove… but that doesn’t make them pointless. Even if I’m just an Alpha Fragment, that surely has meaning. I think, therefore I am. That is the truth. Or maybe it isn’t. I think, therefore a thought exists. Maybe that’s all we are: thoughts.

<Finder’s Note: This Alpha Fragment was recovered drifting in-between the worlds. After viewing it I had hoped that it would speak to me, but it seems to be the same as all the other Fragments. Nothing special. -Velorus>

Writing Update: June W1 Edition

This time it’s another Q&A format!

Q: How has Memory Blood progressed in the past week?

For this month, the book is in the QA phase so I’m not looking at it actively. Instead I’m doing things like creating the cover, writing the release information, and deciding what will happen in Memory Blood 2. I’ll return to actively working on Memory Blood in July as I adjust it according to feedback and prepare it for release.

Q: When will the release date and other information be published?

This information will be available during the first week of July. At that time you’ll know the release date, price, cover, and summary.

Q: Any progress on The Orin Chronicles or The Academy Series?

Not just yet. Some new content might still appear at the end of the year, but I wouldn’t expect any of these two series to end before 2015.

Q: Will Memory Blood be exclusive to Kindle?

A: Yes. The current plan is for Memory Blood to be enrolled in KDP Select and made exclusive for 3 months. As a result of this, there will be a free promotion to celebrate the launch of the book. More details will be announced at a later date.

Q: When will all of your books become available on Nook and Kobo?

A: Right now there isn’t much interest in these platforms, but the first books in The Orin Chronicles and The Library Series are available. If interest in these books, and any others currently available, increases then I’ll upload the remaining books. Or, if anyone specifically requests a book to become available by contacting me, I’ll be happy to oblige.

Q: Any secret projects being developed?

Not right now. I’d like to do something extra for Winter in addition to releasing Memory Blood 2, but nothing is in development currently.