Writing Update: 2017 Is Here! Edition

In terms of writing, 2017 has already been off to a great start.

Shadow Puppet Mysteries 2’s editing stage has proceeded incredibly smoothly. Despite troubling over the plot for a month, new elements were weaved into the story seamlessly and within just a couple of days I completed the last major revision to the story. There will be another editing pass, but the story is now at the point where I can guarantee a release on the 25th of this month!

I think Shadow Puppet Mysteries 3 and 4 will be delivered in May and October respectively, with the last three parts releasing in 2018. This rough schedule is subject to change, but the design of Shadow Puppet Mysteries 3 is already underway.

Cronus Collection has been hovering around 20k words for a while now, but I’ve been refining chapters and my overall design for the book and I’m excited to continue writing for it throughout the year. If the main plot is completed before the fall, then I’ll have no issue meeting the December release date.

Before Shadow Puppet Mysteries 2, there’s the revived and revamped Library Series Web Novel project to look forward to! Starting from January 20th, one updated chapter will be released each week.

Let’s keep this momentum going and make 2017 a great year!

Writing Update: December 2016 Mega Update

Ahead of my usual Year End wrap-up and goals posts, I’d like to provide an update on all of my current projects.

Cronus Collection – Writing is going well and I have about 18,000 words in my current draft. Most of the material here has already been edited a bit, so I don’t think much will be excluded from the final version coming at the end of 2017. Later this week, I’ll be writing a little bit about the protagonist Leo Ranatas. While the story is the story of a city and has many different main characters from chapter to chapter, Leo’s story will span the entire novel.

Shadow Puppet Mysteries 2 – The scenario for Part 2 was completed some time ago, but I’d like to add more and refine what I’ve written. To be safe, I’m announcing the release date as January 31st, 2017 with the option of launching a little earlier if I’m happy with it before then.

The Library Series – For a few years now, I’ve expressed my desire to update The Library Series. However, working on new projects is important to continuously provide my fans with new content and making it my sole focus would just delay new adventures. At the same time, my first series does need some work as it’s the very first thing I published and I know exactly how to fix it to elevate it to my current standards so…

Next year begins The Library Series Web Novel Project! Starting late January, a new updated chapter from The Library Complex will be released every week! When this work is finished, the book on Kindle will be updated to the new 2017 version. Please look forward to returning to the world of The Library Series with refinements!

Memory Blood Saga – Unfortunately, this is the project that is going to be delayed further. Having just finished the series, the need for a full collection isn’t that high. I still want to fix up the small errors in the text and update all the digital books with the launch of the print book, but for now Memory Blood Saga is being pushed back to mid-2017. Please accept my apologies once more.

Writing Update: Shadow Puppet Mysteries

2 weeks from now, the first part of Shadow Puppet Mysteries will go live for everyone to read for free. Today I’d like to talk a little bit about my process for writing this series.

When it comes to a mystery, the most important thing to do is to know the solution. In order to create a fair mystery that can be solved it’s necessary to know the full truth ahead of time. Beginning this January, I started thinking about RMV Mysteries 2 and the idea of shadow puppets came fairly on although this concept evolved throughout production.

While working on the first scenario, I also worked on the background scenario and touched it up as necessary. If there weren’t enough people to suspect, I worked on the backstories for certain characters and made them more mysterious. If the logic didn’t quite connect, I adjusted the tale so that the solution would make sense from beginning to end. In this way, both the first scenario and the truth behind the entire series was constructed.

The first scenario’s rough draft was completed back in June, but I’ve given myself several months to not only revise and make the story better but also to start development on Part 2 of the series. By starting development on the next scenario, it reveals the areas of the story that are shallow and need more depth. Now I’ve been able to take things I’ve learned by writing the second part and make the first part even better as the model for the rest of the series.

While writing a series you have to invent new things, but with a mystery series moreso than anything you want a sense that everything was decided from the beginning so many elements have to be in place to start with.

Creswood was a rather simple mystery, but Shadow Puppet Mysteries has more complexity due to being in development for a longer period of time. Right now my thinking is that there will be seven parts, but everything is subject to change depending upon the reaction of you the reader.

That’s all for today. Please look forward to Part 1 releasing on October 25th and let me know your impressions!

Viper Investigations (Fragment Alpha-11)

Note: Intended to be read after all three parts of the Creswood Mysteries series.

“What do you mean it’s over?” Stolas complained. “I thought you brought us here because we had a new case to investigate.”

“I never said that. I said there’s a case I’d like you both to help me review. It just so happens to be a case that’s already been closed.”

Detective RR had called his subordinates, Stolas and Ash, into the office on an ordinary Saturday. Viper Investigations typically solved cases Monday through Friday with work occasionally spilling over into the weekend. Neither Stolas nor Ash were currently working on any cases so they hadn’t expected to receive a call from their boss out of nowhere. Neither of them were particularly busy so they showed up like loyal employees according to RR’s request.

Stolas was eager to get back to work, as was Ash to a certain degree, so they both felt misled when RR started giving them the details.

“Is this old case one that we worked on?” Ash asked.

“No. It’s a case that was closed long before any of us were born. I was investigating something else when I came across the records of the Lockwood case. Entitled Shadow Puppet Mysteries in the archives, it seems to involve something I’m interested in.”

“I’ve never heard of it. How long ago was it closed?” Stolas asked.

“From our perspective, about 90 years ago.”

“Did something important happen back then?” Ash asked. “90 years is a long time. I can’t imagine it’s a personal case for you like Creswood was.”

“Take a look at this,” RR said. He handed a page from a dusty file folder to Ash. His subordinate scanned the paper for a few moments before looking up with a serious expression.

“This can’t be the same though,” Ash said. “Even if it is, they’ve got nothing to do with one another.”

There was a very loose connection between this old case, Shadow Puppet Mysteries, and the Creswood case they had been working on a few weeks ago. The connection was tenuous at best so Ash dismissed it. RR wasn’t so certain that it was something to be dismissed so easily.

“Well, let’s find out together. It could be nothing or it could be something.”

“Hey, don’t leave me out,” Stolas complained. “What’s going on? I don’t know anything about any shadow puppets.”

“Then let’s start the story,” RR said. “August 1st, 1910. A mansion in a forest just outside of town.”

Coming October 25th… Shadow Puppet Mysteries’ First Performance!

Beyond The Memory Blood

Memory Blood Castle has been released and now my second full series has come to its end. I remember having many things to say during the development of The Library Series, but with Memory Blood I’ve put everything I wanted to communicate into the books.

It’s difficult to say much as I’ve already said what I wanted to. It’s been a pleasure to write the books by using my experiences from writing previous stories and by developing new ways to create the best story that I can.

Memory Blood Saga will likely be delayed a bit as I would like to not only ensure there are no typos, but also to ensure that the book is of the highest quality. As Saga is a print book, once it’s published no further changes can be made. It’s important to me that it’s the best version of the series available so I’d like to ask for your patience in waiting for its release. Currently I am in the middle of making slight adjustments to the first book. Once the book is finished, I’ll upload any changes that I made to the first four books and release them as the 2016 Editions. The print book and the digital books will be identical and the series will reach its definitive version.

As I’ve said before, I’d like to do something similar to The Library Series but that would require a lot more work to bring them up to my standards so please forgive me if that takes a long time. As of now it is more of a dream project than one being actively worked on.

This October, RMV Mysteries’ second series debuts. I invite everyone to try to solve the mystery and to share their thoughts with me even if you don’t typically enjoy mysteries. The entirety of the series will be available for free and will be published over the next year or two.

Beyond that, a new novel will debut at the end of 2017. The stage is that vast world containing the continent of Zekkyn and many more. The year is 1187 according to the Imperial Calendar. One year after the Zoth Incident.

Thank you once more to everyone for your support thus far.

 

RMV Mysteries Thoughts

The structure of Creswood Mysteries is something that I’ve previously said that I am very proud of. Originally,  the concept for Creswood was to create my largest series to date. It was because of the delay with Memory Blood 2 at the end of 2014 that I wondered if it might be more fun to release it as a quick short story. In doing so, I discovered my preferred style for writing and serializing mysteries.

In the future, I think the RMV Mysteries series will continue like this. Right now I’m thinking of the plot for RMV Mysteries #2 which you can think of as a spiritual successor to Creswood taking place in a new location with a new cast of characters.

Today I’d like to take a little time to discuss my ideas for the future and to reflect on what I’ve done so far.

With Creswood, the mysteries were never too difficult. The goal for the first part was to create something that was solvable with all the clues presented. The detectives were a little too efficient in their investigation though and ended up leaving many of the misleads and traps ineffective by the end of the story. With those out of the way, the path to the truth became far easier to traverse.

Due to this, I gave out the identity of the culprit in the sequel, Creswood Fantasies, and left only one core mystery remaining in the finale Creswood Illusions. While giving away so many answers wasn’t the original intention, I’m very pleased with how the story developed and I wouldn’t change it one bit.

As a natural reaction to that, I would like RMV Mysteries #2 to swing in the opposite direction and be more mysterious and more difficult.

The advantage to releasing these stories in the current format is that I can make them available for free. And if they’re available for free, I can make the difficulty any level that I desire. The stories will still be fair and solvable, but the challenge can potentially reach insane levels of difficulty without making readers feel like they’ve wasted their money on something unsolvable.

As always the mystery will be solvable and by the end the difficulty will be reasonable, but who knows what challenges may appear during the journey to that point…

The title and the premise for RMV Mysteries #2 have already been decided. The core plot is being developed and when that’s finished I can begin revealing the details and when you can expect to read it.