Writing Update: April 2012 W2 Edition

A new Academy character has been revealed on the Academy Series page!

The First Volume is ~78% completed. By now nearly everything that I want in the First Volume is there. Right now I’m working mostly on the structure of the First Volume and its presentation. With 2 weeks left, I’m working on so many different aspects of the First Volume that it’s difficult to report the progress I’ve made.

Next week I’ll have more to share as I make my final decisions and prepare to distribute the work.

Writing Update: April 2012 W1 Edition

A new Academy character has been revealed on the Academy Series page!

April is finally here and I am incredibly happy with my progress this year. The Academy: First Volume is now slightly longer than Library: Book One. I’ve written more in the first 3 months of 2012 than I did in the entirety of 2011!

The Academy: First Volume is now 60% complete. Over the next few weeks I’ll continue to edit the stories and make sure all of the information is presented properly. While there are things that can be discovered in The Academy, I want the stories to be easy to read for those who go from start to finish. If you’d like to analyze The Academy and speculate about it that should also be very possible.

My main goal for The Academy is to create a work that can be enjoyed in many ways. This is the reason for the variety in the stories as well as the existence of an overarching narrative. This is the reason for the way certain elements are structured. This is the reason for the inclusion of Character and World Tips.

When I look at everything that has been done so far, I believe that I am accomplishing my goal and I am very happy. I don’t think everyone can enjoy The Academy but those who can will have a variety of options for how they choose to do so. Even better than that is that while I work on my first commercial release (to be announced at a later date), The Academy Series will remain free!

Personally, I believe everyone who enjoys my content should have some form of access to it. I am very proud of the work I have put into The Academy and I want it to be enjoyed by many people. Of course I have the same goal for my commercial works as well. There’s a lot that can be debated about whether or not a work should be free, but it is my desire to have at least one free series so I am happy to offer that with The Academy.

Writing Update: March 2012 W5 Edition

A new Academy character has been revealed on the Academy Series page!

The first editing pass for The Academy has now been completed! Reading over the work gave me some idea for a few new sections that I think have greatly benefited some of the stories. There’s now a bit more explicit character information as well as world information, especially concerning The Academy itself. During the second editing pass I’ll make sure that this new information blends into the stories and doesn’t ruin the tempo.

I’m happy with the information presented and the order of the stories. I spent a long time wondering just how important the presentation of the stories was in terms of order. Right now the stories are in the order I wrote them and I am happy with that order. “Because I enjoyed writing them that way, the reader should enjoy reading them in that way as well” is my thought.

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.