Looking forward to writing more.

As some of you may know, in addition to being a writer, I am also an Electrical Engineering student, and I have a job on top of that. That doesn’t always allow me to make as much time for writing as I’d like.

At the moment, though, I am looking forward to the next month. In a couple of hours, I have my last final exam of the semester. Once that’s done, I’ll have a lot more time to write and edit. I hope I can use that time to get Sunweaver ready for publication.

I’d also like to finish the first drafts of the last two books in my next trilogy: The God War’s Chosen. I’m most of the way through the second book, but I’ve stalled lately. I have a deadline of March for finishing. I don’t know if I’ll meet that deadline, but I’ll try.

Today, I feel like I might finally be climbing out of the depressive hole I’ve been in the last few months. That’s not unusual for me. Late summer, autumn, and early winter are often the worst times of year for me when it comes to mental health.

I’m looking forward to hopefully becoming a lot more productive in the near future.

Things are looking good for Sunweaver.

Today, I returned to editing Sunweaver, and it’s looking like I might be able to release it earlier than I originally anticipated. I previously did a lot of editing work on this one back when I was pursuing an agent and a publisher, so it doesn’t need much work before it’s ready for publication.

I have a few changes I have to make based on what happens in the second and third books, but those aren’t major changes.

I’m already 11% through what I expect to be the final draft and proofread, and I look forward to getting this one out there for the world to read.

While I love my World in Chains series, I think I love this one even more. As a reminder here’s the cover for Sunweaver.

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Cover Reveal: Fireweaver

I’ve actually had this cover for a while. I’m not sure why I haven’t revealed it yet. This is for the second book in my Sunweaver series. Look for the first book, Sunweaver, to be released around the end of February.

I’m still working on the third and fourth books of World in Chains. At this point, I’m expecting the third book, The Gilded Empire, to be ready toward the end of June.

At the moment, a four-month release schedule seems like it might work best for me. That would mean three books a year, which seems reasonable to me.

Okay, enough rambling. Here’s the cover.

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The Shadowed Land is Published.

It’s official. I found the time to work out everything and got The Shadowed Land published tonight. It’s the second book in my World in Chains series, and it’s not one of those stories where you can jump in after the first book. You do need to read the first.

In celebration of the release of The Shadowed Land, Empire of Chains is only $0.99. Or if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read it for free.

Here’s the link to The Shadowed Land.

And Empire of Chains.

I have finished the proofread of The Shadowed Land

In more exciting news, I’ve finished the proofread of The Shadowed Land. I anticipate releasing the book on Halloween, which is also my birthday. For now, it will only be in e-book form. The print version should come at a later date.

I’m excited to get this out there. Though it has only been four months since I released Empire of Chains, it almost feels like an eternity. Now the second book will be out for those of you eagerly anticipating it.

Cover Reveal: Sunweaver

I’ve just gotten some more great artwork from the talented artists at Deranged Doctor Design. This is for the first book in my Sunweaver series. The character depicted on the cover is Deril, a powerful Sunweaver and the son of the Sunlord, who is the only man who can keep alive their world’s sun.

This series is set in a world with a dying sun. In this world, there are two primary types of magic users: Sunweavers and Fireweavers. Sunweavers take their power from the sun and can, in turn, fuel the sun. Fireweavers, on the other hand, take their power from the planet’s core. Due to the fact that the Fireweaver god, Halarik, is the one who weakened the sun, Sunweavers persecute Fireweavers.

Through the story, though, we discover that the world is not nearly as simple as it seems at first glance. I can’t say much else without revealing major spoilers.

I don’t have a firm release date yet. I’ve learned that I’m not good with the whole release date thing. I feel the pressure to get it done, and then I get so anxious I don’t work on it at all. So I’m saying you can expect this either late this year or early next year.

Without further ado, here’s the cover.

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Writing feels good.

Lately, I’ve been focusing a lot on editing my various projects to get them ready for publication. Between that and school and my depression, it has been hard to get into any kind of writing zone. Today, I’ve written about 2,000 words in Godchild.

It’s easy to forget the joy that comes with writing sometimes. In fact, focusing on my self-publishing career has sometimes taken the joy out of writing. I’m more conscious now of every writing decision I make. In some ways, that’s a good thing. It will mean a better product in the end. But it’s also paralyzing. At times, I don’t want to write at all because I’m worried everyone will hate it.

I have to push through this self-doubt. On days like today, it feels good to get the words down. We’ll see if I can keep it going.

Progress update.

I’ve been rather quiet lately (both on here and in the writing department). Getting used to a new semester at school has been more challenging than I thought it would be, which has led to me getting a lot less writing done. After three weeks, I think I’m starting to settle into a rhythm. It also helps that I finally got my job to cut my hours like I told them to a month ago. (Don’t worry. I can afford the reduction in hours.)

With things settling down, I think I can get back into the groove with writing and editing. I’ve been fighting my depression lately, but today it feels like it’s lifting a bit. Let’s hope that remains the case.

Unfortunately, I did remove a lot of the tentative release dates from the site. I still hope to meet those deadlines, but I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep, and I’d rather take a little longer if it means putting a better product out there. I’ll provide updates on release dates as I feel that projects are ready. I’ll still try to keep you updated more generally on what’s in the pipeline.

At this point, my life is a bit of a balancing act. At least it keeps me busy.

Cover reveal: The Gilded Empire

Just got the cover art done for the third book of World in Chains. You can look for this one to be released early next year (probably March). I’m still hard at work on editing The Shadowed Land, and after that, I’m going to turn my attention to Sunweaver, the first book in a new fantasy trilogy, which I intend to release in December.

This book takes the story in a different direction as far as the world goes. Through the first two books, you get hints of higher levels of technology. In the third book, you see a part of the world that is much more advanced technologically. This presented a challenge for the design of this cover, but thanks to the talented folks at Deranged Doctor Design, I have a cover that remains true to the first two books while showing the differences in this one.

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Updates on the tentative release schedule.

This may not be the most exciting post I’ve ever written. In fact, it may be a bit disappointing. I’ve determined that I don’t think I’ll be able to keep the release schedule I previously had published here. Or at least I don’t think I can do it without sacrificing too much in other areas of life.

I still intend to release a book at intervals of roughly three months. In the world of self-publishing, a lot of authors are producing six, seven, eight books a year. Someday, I may get to the point that I can do that. For now, though, I have too many other commitments, and I don’t want to rush and put an inferior product out there. Quantity is important, but it doesn’t matter how many books you publish a year. If they aren’t any good, people won’t read them.

This decision has led to some alterations on my Release Schedule page. The Shadowed Land is still slated for release either late this month or early next month. The next book I’ll release will be Sunweaver, the first book of a new trilogy. Currently, I have this slated for December, but I may be able to get it out sooner because I’ve done a lot of editing on it already. If this happens, I can probably move up the overall release schedule a bit.

The key for me is not pushing myself too hard. When I do that, I tend to go through periods of major burnout, and that’s a losing situation for everyone. I hope nobody will be too disappointed by this news. But it’s a necessary change for me as a person and a writer. The stories you get will be much better if I take a little more time on them.