The Library Complex 5 Year Anniversary!

Five years ago, I first published The Library Complex on Kindle and began my journey as a self-published author. It makes me truly happy that five years later I’ve been able to update my first story and make it available for free to everyone.

The second book in The Library Series is currently being released weekly and I can announce this will continue with Books 3 and 4 as well. The entirety of The Library Series will be updated and made available for free, forever, on this site!

Updating these books has been a challenge as I balance fixing grammar and typos with changing content. It’s very important to me to not alter or damage the original spirit of these works, so I’ve let a few questionable lines of dialogue and description remain while only changing those that decreased the experience of the story for the reader.

After changing a certain number of things, these stories will no longer be the same stories so I’ve been very careful to change as little as possible and only stick to what is strictly necessary. This means there won’t be any new chapters or characters or sub-plots being added. If I were ever to do such a thing, I would release that new story as a separate product separate from this one.

For now, the version on Kindle is not the edited version available here on the site but once Memory Blood Saga is finished I’ll update that version as well.

I hope you’re all enjoying the story as the chapters release weekly and I hope you’ll continue on through the rest of the series until the last chapter of Book 4. Whether you’ve read just one chapter or all of them, thank you for your support and for taking the time to give my stories a try.

As a last note, the character of Reyskaw in The Library Series and the author Reyskaw writing this post are not the same person. We’re completely different people! My greatest worry is people confusing that or thinking he’s my ideal self in literary form, but we really don’t have anything to do with one another at all…

One day, when the origin of the name RMV is revealed, I hope readers will understand and say “so that’s why the name is what it is”, but that might be a long way off.


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.

Recreations Live!

You can now download The Library Series: Recreations from the Library Series page. With this, everything that I wanted to do with The Library Series is now complete. Even though it ended back in May, it still hasn’t set in that it’s really over. Maybe now that the bonus work that could only have been released at the end is out I’ll finally feel like I’ve brought my first series to an absolute close.

Whether I believe it or not doesn’t matter. The time to focus on The Academy Series and continue planning my 2014 series is now. By the end of the month I’m hoping to have 16,000 words of The Academy: Second Volume written. I’ve already got 10,000 so it shouldn’t be too difficult to write 6,000 more especially since several story ideas have already been prepared since the end of the First Volume.

On September 20th, Recreations debuts!

The Library Series: Recreations will be released in two days! As promised, this supplemental work will be available before the summer ends on the 21st and weighs in around 8,000 words. Inside you’ll find development tidbits, fun stories, and perhaps even some surprising content. This is a work for fans of The Library Series and is a celebration of the series rather than an extension. As long as you understand that, you should be able to enjoy Recreations fully.

With this project wrapping up, now is the time to focus fully on The Academy: Second Volume which will release at the very end of the year. Expect updates as the writing process continues and be on the lookout for information about certain things debuting in 2014. Even though there’s still a quarter of 2013 left, I’m already looking far ahead. Beyond 2014, just how many years into the future have I planned?

That’s a secret for now.

Writing Update: The Wind Shifts Direction Edition

The Orin Chronicles is being put on indefinite hold, effective immediately. While it disappoints me to not be able to achieve one of my goals for 2013, circumstances have changed and have made working on a monthly series rather difficult. My writing has had no meaningful financial impact on my life and so I’m going to be doing other work to support myself. While I’ve never written full time, circumstances have changed that make writing The Orin Chronicles a stress rather than a pleasure.

This is not the end of my writing career, but things will be a bit slower for the forseeable future. The Library Series: Recreations is a very small project so that will still release on time and The Academy: Second Volume will be able to take shape now that I am no longer working on The Orin Chronicles. My new series will also debut next year and follow the upcoming exciting changes to my writing schedule that I’ve been working on the details of for a while now.

The thing that really went wrong with The Orin Chronicles was all of the promises that I made. Setting a 16,000 word minimum and promising a new volume every month didn’t seem like a big deal because it worked well for the first five volumes. But it was also promised to be a 13 volume series and so 8 volumes remained. Volume 6 was delayed because of injury, Volume 7 took longer than expected, and now Volume 8 just isn’t forming properly. From here on out there won’t be time to finish Volumes 8-13 and get them released by the end of the year and so I’m making the difficult decision to put all of it on hold and pursue less demanding projects that I know I can release.

When I set out as an author, I never wanted to disappoint my fans. On principle, I don’t like this decision but the reality is also that I don’t have many fans to disappoint so if The Orin Chronicles needs to be put on hold then there’s nothing stopping me from doing so. In the future if you are reading this post as a fan of my works, please see this announcement for what it is and try not to hold it against me.

I want to do my best as an author and so I’m making this decision so that I don’t have to quit writing. What my future holds is unknown, but I’m too excited about it to regret it. Please look forward to Recreations before the summer ends and The Academy: Second Volume towards the end of the year. For 2014 I don’t think I’ll be able to finish The Orin Chronicles, but I may be able to release a few more volumes in the meantime so please stay tuned for more details.

Writing Update: Mid July 2013 Edition

4 AM. It’s fun to be up this late, but I value waking early in the morning more so these long nights will soon be coming to an end. Before I can go to sleep, I’m going to use this opportunity to finally write another blog post and update everyone on a variety of things.

The Orin Chronicles will have its eighth volume released late this month on Kindle with Volumes 4 and 5 coming on Nook and Kobo very soon.

The Library Series: Recreations will enter the production phase very soon. I’m going to make final decisions on it very soon and then writing will begin when I’m not working on The Orin Chronicles. It won’t be very long, but it will still be releasing late in the summer because The Orin Chronicles has a higher priority. In Library Series news in general, the first book will be debuting on Nook and Kobo this month as well.

Planning and ideas for my 2014 series also continue along nicely. I’ve had lots of healthy debates and questions about my ideas with myself and by the time I start officially writing next year I’m confident it will be in a fantastic condition. I’ve never had a planning phase for a project that has lasted more than a few weeks so I’m really enjoying having many months to think about what I want to do next. I’ll keep mentioning this project throughout the year, but don’t expect any details during 2013. When and how I’m going to introduce readers to this series is a topic for next year, not this one. But as this is my blog it’s important to record my mental state and details about my thinking process.

Also, I’ve been playing a lot of World of Warcraft lately and reading visual novels I’ve already read before so there hasn’t been much progress on my ‘VN Progress List’ but this will almost certainly change towards the end of next month.

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.

Writing Update: Library Series End + Everything Edition

Today marks the launch of “The Collapsing of Infinity”, the fourth and final book in the Library Series. Information about the history of the series can be found throughout this blog and I expressed my emotions within the Author’s Note at the end of the book so I want to discuss a different topic here: what I’ve learned from the Library Series. To begin with, I learned a lot of practical things like how to publish on Kindle and use KDP Select as well as the format required for using Word or OpenOffice. In terms of writing the book, I learned a lot about planning. Once I finished “The Library Complex” I had a lot of ideas for the remaining books and outlined those ideas so I’d know where I was heading. For “The Weapon of The Kara” I didn’t want to reveal the answers to the big mysteries so it was easy to come up with an adventure that expanded upon what I had done in the first book, but for “The Cult of Eternal Darkness” I needed to tie all of the answers into a narrative that would make sense. I left the seeds for this plot at the end of Book Two and thanks to that I limited the infinite possibilities I had and was able to create something I genuinely pleased with. In that sense, it was probably the most difficult writing Book Three, however there’s also the challenge of the last book.

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Writing Update: Approaching the End Edition

The Library Series, on May 31st, will end. Today I announced the title, description, pricing, availability, details, etc. on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. The book has started to go into QA (quality assurance) and I’ll be in the process of finishing it this month as well as releasing the delayed Volume 6 of The Orin Chronicles. I announced the delay on Twitter, but I apologize for not announcing it here as well. Due to injury, I was not able to complete Volume 6 in time for an April 15th release, so all of The Orin Chronicles has been shifted back by one month and it will resume being a monthly series on May 15th.

The Library Series, however, is properly ending. Once this book is released, there will be no more proper books in the series. Perhaps there will be more Library Series material, but not books. The adventures throughout Books 1-4 will all come to a close and the plot will be concluded. As with all previous books, Book 4 tells its own story. It has to. You can have a series where each book is the same, but that’s not the type of series I wanted to write and so I didn’t. Book 4 will be a new adventure, but it will also be the final adventure. In my mind, Book 3 concluded most of the plot in its story so Book 4 will be focusing on what remains. The characters whose stories haven’t ended, the final unfinished battles, and because of that it has a unique tone and pacing that I find to be beautiful.

I’m working very hard to make sure the beauty I see is represented in the final product. Because it is the end. I want you to see the ending as I do, because if you do then you won’t be disappointed. There will surely be people who are unsatisfied, but those who truly enjoy the Library Series should find something special in this book and that’s what I’m excited about presenting.