Writing Update: March 2012 W3 Edition

The editing for the first release of Academy is now at 24%. The editing of the stories has been a lot of fun as I get to experience them again and improve upon them. Combining this with the structural work allows for a real sense of cohesion within the work. I hope readers will be able to enjoy this as much as I am able to. Remember that next Friday is the official announcement of Academy’s first volume! The series page will be updated at this time and some information will be revealed.

Today, Shards of Book One has received an update that adds 2 stories. The stories are designed to be interesting and fun. Unlike Raven’s story, there won’t be much new information (well, in a certain sense there will be). The next update for Shards of Book One will be at the very end of April.

Writing Update: March 2012 W2 Edition

The editing for the first release of Academy is now at 12%! I’ve done quite a bit of work this week and I’m very happy with Volume 1 so far. The editing of the first few stories went very well which has given me time to think about the structure of the first volume. “is this a good order for the stories?” and “how much information is required to make this story interesting?” are examples of questions that I cam currently asking myself. I want Academy to be enjoyed in many ways and I want the experience of reading it to be a good one for as many people as possible. Out of the people that can enjoy Academy, I want to write in such a way that the majority of those people will enjoy it.

Next week will be the release of an update to Shards of Book One. This update will be released on Pi Day (Wednesday, March 14th) and will contain 2 new stories for fans of the Library universe.

Writing Update: March 2012 W1 Edition

The initial writing for the first volume of Academy is now complete! I’ve now begun the editing and structuring phase. The world of Academy has been formed in my mind, but I’ve yet to get all the details written down in a formal way. Several minor details and character names also need to be decided, so I’m working on that as well. For the official announcement on March 23rd, I’m considering including 1 or 2 brief character bios as well.

In Library news, an update to Shards of Book One is about 2 weeks away. I now have a good idea of the story that will be included with that update. Unlike the parties in the other chapters, this story will be focused on a far smaller number of characters. The smaller number of characters will change the type of story, but I can assure you that the level of ridiculousness will be raised even higher. ^_^

Writing Update: February 2012 W4 Edition

This week has been very productive! The last portion of writing for Academy is on schedule for completion within a few days. I worked a bit on the structure of the world and I completed 1.5 stories this week. Right now there is a lot of information contained within each story so I plan on spending some of March working on the presentation of information. Certain elements may need to be restructured in order to optimize the experience of reading Volume 1. Due to all of this, I am excited to announce the formal Academy announcement will be March 23rd. At that time the details and release date will be made known.

Once the initial writing of Academy finishes up next week, I’ll get started on the next update for Shards of Book One. I’m asking myself “what type of story should be told?”. Some of the Memories content will be included in the new edition of Book One this summer, so I can’t use those stories. Right now I’m thinking that I might include the original story concept for the Library series in this update. Still, I want to include something in addition to that…

As always, a great idea will probably come to me as soon as I hit the ‘Publish’ button for this post, so I’m going to end here and start the thinking process!

 

Writing Update: February 2012 W2 Edition

This week I spent some time working on the 8th story for Academy. I expect to finish the first draft of that soon, but there are a few parts I need to think on first. There’s a lot of story that can be told and I’m deciding how much of it to tell. Even if I add in all the parts it won’t get too lengthy, so I imagine by the time production on this first volume is complete, I’ll have written everything I want to for Story 8. Once that is complete, only a few more stories remain before I finish the full first draft of Volume 1!  This project has been very fun to work on so I’m going to try and use all of my energy for these final stories and create a spectacular finale.

The other task I’ve been working on this week is the name for Library: Book One. I’ve come up with a few good ideas and I think I’ve found a good direction for the future. It’s nothing all that exciting right now as Library: Book One will still remain a significant portion of the title, but I think this direction will work well for future books. That announcement is a long way in the future though, so expect to hear more during the summer.

Speaking of the Library Series, I’m also nearing completion on an update to Shards of Book One. This update will be released on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, and contain two new stories. Publishing these small stories while working on Academy is not only fun, but it also helps me to keep a clear image of the characters and world of the Library Series in my head.

2012 Goals – Expanded

After a few days of writing in 2012 I’ve decided to explain my goals a bit more and add a new one to the list. So let’s review my updated list of goals.

  • Release a free version of Academy (Volume 1) – This will be a collection of short stories (anywhere from 2000 to 8000 words) that I hope to release in the Spring. Right now I’m estimating that there will be 7 stories in this collection, but that might change once I’ve written some more. The reason that I say “free version” is that I currently have no plans to release Academy (Volume 1) commercially. Of course I did not plan to release Book One commercially either, so we’ll see what the future holds.
  • Commercial release for Library: Book One – After releasing the first edition last month, I looked back at the book and realized that I really liked how it turned out. So I began editing and I believe that by the time I am done, this will be a product worthy of being bought. While I can probably edit it in less than 7 months, I’m giving myself until August to finalize it so that I have time to start writing Book Two as well (see below). Having a good portion of Book Two written will help me greatly in how I present Book One. By doing this I hope to avoid a massive change in style that might make someone come to the conclusion that Book Two is drastically different from Book One. More on that just below.
  • Write the rough draft of Library: Book Two – With Book One written, I’ve already begun writing for Book Two. The goal here is to know enough about Book Two and the shape of the series (hopefully my own plans will be confirmed) that the commercial release of Book One will feel like it matches up with Book Two. The whole of Book One centered around the Library Complex and with that isolated story now over, I began to wonder if Book Two’s exploration of the “outside” world would make it stand out and not feel like a proper sequel. In examining this, I’ve already been able to identify the elements of a Library Series book and I can see Book One and Book Two do seem to match up at this point. So I have a lot to gain by successfully completing this goal.
  • Name Library: Book One – Yes, it already has a name. But Library: Book One isn’t very descriptive and I’d rather have the name of the book be “<TitleHere> (Library Series: Book One)”. The thing is, I also want to have this title be consistent with future titles. So if it’s one word (and what word?) then what do I name future books? And if it’s a longer title, then will that work for future books as well? The elements that make up a Library Series book will most likely give me the answer to this. But for now I’m struggling with balancing the present and the future of the series…
  • Release something new for Shards of Book One every month or two – This supplementary guide to Book One was a near last minute product after close examination of Library: Memories. The atmosphere of Shards is similar to Memories though, so in a way it’s just a smaller version of the original product. However, the Christmas 2011 story was used to set up the premise that the cast of Book One would be dealing with other holidays in the future. So every time there is a major holiday (up until a certain point in time) I want to write a story and publish it in this work. In addition to that, a few Memories stories might be included as well. With this in mind, the next release of Shards should be in February.

And there they are. These are my goals for 2012 and I’m confident that I can meet every single one of them.

Now it’s back to writing I guess…