March Update, 2023

Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve been well.

We haven’t yet reached the Spring Equinox, but I am quite tired of winter and am ready for the season to change already. I yearn for budding leaves and warmer days. (Though I’m all but certain that I’ll complain about it being too warm by May.)

In last month’s update, I mentioned that I’ve been feeling exhausted. While that hasn’t changed, it certainly has improved. I made the decision to step away from social media for awhile, aside from an occasional peek in at what fellow indie authors have been up to. This has helped substantially in improving my mood, but I still haven’t quite passed that threshold between “okay” and “good”. Until I reach that point, I will still be largely absent from Twitter and Instagram. Even then, I’ll return gradually. I’d hate to be immediately set back days after my return.

Lord of the Night Realm: Reunion is going well. I still haven’t updated that progress tracker, but I promise I will this month. I’m excited for the release this April (date still pending), as it’s been a monumental step up in almost every way and touches on so much that we only glimpsed in Sojourn.

Aside from that, I’ve finally added an illustration gallery, which you can find through the Sojourn page. I absolutely plan to have more art commissioned in the future, of which can always be found on that page.

There’s not much else to update on while I finish up Reunion. So until next time, take care!

February Update, 2023

Hello, everyone. I hope the holiday season treated you well.

You may have noticed that there was no January update, and there’s a good reason for that.

Honestly — I am exhausted. I’m so exhausted that I didn’t even remember to make a post here when I announced the release of Lord of the Night Realm: Reunion on Twitter and Instagram. (It’s April, by the way. Sorry for being unceremonious.) I also haven’t been updating the progress tracker, though I assure you that despite my exhaustion, the work is still getting done.

There’s so goddamn much that’s frustrating me these days; rampant bigotry and hate, AI being used to replace people… It reached a point where distancing myself wasn’t enough to separate me from my frustration. I already knew about theses things, so I’d end up just thinking about them and how they affected the people I cared about. I was starting to get sick from it.

After Reunion is released, I’m giving myself a month-long vacation. And when I return from it, I’m approaching my works with a new mindset that will vastly improve my enthusiasm and productivity. Because ultimately, I just want to be creative and share my works with those who care to see them. Be that writing, art, music, whatever.

Anyway, this has been more of a rant than an update. So let me mention a couple of things coming soon.

First, I’ll be adding a page for artworks I’ve commissioned of Lord of the Night Realm characters, as I now have a good few and I’m sure that others would like to see them. Second, I’m adding a small directory of fellow indie authors whose works I’ve read. I’ve been blown away by the wonderful stories these authors have written and want anyone curious about my praises to find them easily enough.

That’ll be it for now. Here’s hoping I’ll be in a better mindset for March’s update.

Until next time, take care!

December Update, 2022

Greetings, everyone! I hope the season has been treating you well. Finally we’ve gotten some substantial snow, but it feels like every time we do, rain or warmer weather is right around the corner to melt it all away. But if Christmas looks anything like today, I’ll be happy as a clam. There’s nothing quite like the look of snow-covered branches through a mile of forest. And all the bird activity outside my window as they come to the feeders is a major plus!

I’m a slow reader and haven’t had many reading opportunities since the last update. I finished the novella Structural Integrity by Tabitha O’Connell, which was a little outside my usual zone but was an absolute delight from front to back. It was also nice to read something shorter for once. Then, I picked up something a little different after spotting it by chance at my local bookstore; The New Vampire’s Handbook (multiple authors). Its like a fictional advice book with a healthy dose of humor. The photos and illustrations were absolutely on point. And now, I’ve been reading The Oracle Stone by Talli L. Morgan. I can’t remember the last time I was so utterly gripped by the end of the first two chapters! I need to find more time to read so I can make serious progress because I gotta know more.

Let’s talk about Lord of the Night Realm. If you’ve been following the Reunion progress meter here on my site, you probably noticed that I finally reached 100% writing this month! Woohoo! I didn’t make my goal of November 30th, but I finished just a few days into December, so whatever. Close enough! Now my dear friend and editor and I are kicking it back into editing gear, though it’s been a slow start. But each time I sit down and do it is easier than the last, so I’m hopeful that we can keep a good pace and stay on track for an April release.

I’ve also been working on interior and cover revisions for Sojourn. Yes, I know, I can’t leave well enough alone. The interior is just a few punctuation improvements, so nothing major. But there was something off with the cover ever since release that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I had help from a few people with more graphic design experience to make it better in print, but even then I wasn’t totally content. It wasn’t until the past month that I realized the problem was my own design. So, I went in and made a few major changes, ordered a proofing copy, and am blown away by the difference.

I’ve also begun dropping Book I and Book II from the titles, instead opting to keep it in description and on the title pages. I didn’t know quite what I was doing and it doesn’t look great in listings because of that. It’s a learning process, what can I say?

You might be asking when this new cover and updated interior will be available, and right now all I can say is “very, very soon”. I’ve got water dripping from my ceiling fan, which just so happens to be right above where I sit at my computer, so I’m stuck on the laptop with neither software for finalizing those adjustments until further notice.

Anyway, that’ll be it for now. Happy Holidays to those celebrating and a happy winter/summer to everyone else! Until next time, take care!

November Update, 2022

Greetings, everyone! It’s been a weird autumn here in Wisconsin; most of the time we have highs around 45 F/7 C, then we’ll have one day where it shoots up to 78 F/25 C. It’s distressing for someone like me who prefers the cold. Especially when I can’t access my AC unit and air flows terribly through my windows!

The month of October was a strange one for me. I planned so much but did so little outside of the usual. Though I did manage to finish reading Amulet of Wishes by Rita A. Rubin, one of the fellow indie authors of whom I mentioned in the last update. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to picking up the next. I don’t write more than a few lines of thought after I finish a trad published book, but I absolutely write reviews for self-published. So if you’re hoping to know my full thoughts, I’ll be posting those to Amazon and Goodreads sometime this month.

Progress on Lord of the Night Realm: Book II is going great! It’s a little slower than I’d have liked, but some progress is better than none. We are now over 80% written and if you’re reading this from my site on desktop, you may notice a little progress meter on the sidebar. (I believe its at the far bottom on mobile.) I’ll continue to update this as I progress through these final chapters and into the editing stages. But as of right now, I’m still on track to finishing by the end of November.

Before I close this off, I do want to mention the recent commotion over on Twitter. I have no idea what will happen with that site in the coming days, but in the event that it truly does go under, know that you’ll always find information regarding my works on this website. That goes without saying, but I’m saying it anyway for reassurance. As for social media, I’m honestly uncertain how I’ll handle it going forward. There’s always Instagram and now Tumblr, but I prefer the short burst thought formula of Twitter. Mastodon is the closest alternative I’ve found, but there doesn’t seem to be enough of a community for writers and readers alike for it to be a sound consideration at this time.

That’s all for now, so until next time, take care!

October Update, 2022

Hello everyone; I hope you’ve all been having a lovely autumn so far—and an equally as wonderful spring to those in the southern hemisphere. My sister and I were admiring the change in color while out driving the other day, though here in my part of Wisconsin it’s not too far along. A few pockets of yellow amid a blanket of green, but it’s getting there! I expect I’ll become a real shutterbug once the colors become more prominent.

I’ve spent more time outside and visiting nearby places in an effort to break out of my anxious shell. So far it seems to be working, but I have a difficult time maintaining routines at the start. Just gotta keep it going for a month or two and then it’ll come naturally. Good thing I enjoy colder weather.

During September, I picked up a good few books by fellow indie authors that I anxious to dig into. However, I’m very much a “one book at a time” person and I’m still slogging my way through my current read, Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I’m definitely enjoying it, but I don’t think I was ready for how long it was when I started. At this point I feel committed to finish it and simply need some quiet time to sit down and binge the last quarter of the book.

All right, let’s talk about Lord of the Night Realm: Book II – Reunion! Writing had slowed significantly after the announcement of the serialization’s premature end when I took a necessary break, but since September I’ve slowly gotten the ball rolling again. I’m easily beyond 66% written now, looking at it from a chapter to chapter perspective. However, every chapter in the second half are a bit longer than those in the first half, so if we looked at it by overall length, we’re probably around 50-60%. But I find it easier to view my progress from chapter to chapter, so I’ll keep going with that. And as of right now, I’m still very much on track to finishing the writing process by the end of November.

Before I wrap this up, I wanted to say I was amazed by the September Kindle sale of Lord of the Night Realm: Book I – Sojourn. My expectations were exceeded tenfold and it really made my month! I hope that amid those who bought the book are many who will enjoy Ellie’s tale.

That’ll be all for now, so until the next one, take care!

Site Update and Ko-fi Details

Hello, everyone! Since my last update, I’ve had a nice break and have now been hard at work writing the second half of Lord of the Night Realm: Book II – Reunion. In fact, I’m just on the cusp of two-thirds completed! Ending the serial early so that I could work at my leisure has done wonders, and I personally feel that the most recent chapters have improved in quality as a result.

But today I wanted to share a few web updates.

First and foremost is that I’ve updated the page for Lord of the Night Realm: Book I – Sojourn with additional content warnings. I realized it was lacking, so I added anything I remembered which might be upsetting for a reader. If I realize more in the future, I will absolutely update the page again.

The second is that I’m shifting focus for additional support from Patreon to Ko-fi. The former will remain open temporarily, but will not receive any further updates unless I decide to open it again in the future. A major contributing factor in this decision was that I prefer Ko-fi’s format of allowing people to choose however much they’d like to contribute instead of being forced into static amounts. Additionally, I will use it as a way to share writings early just as I had been with Patreon. Some unreleased chapters from Book II – Reunion will make their way there for supporters, but this perk will primarily come into play for future books and serials. I have even more ideas beyond that, but for now that’s what can be expected from that platform. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please check out my Ko-fi page.

Lastly, I hope to post more frequently to keep you all updated with how writing is progressing, plus other glimpses into my life and hobbies. If that’s something you’re interested in, be sure to keep tabs on this site or even sign up for email updates via the sidebar form.

Until then, take care!

Important Update Regarding “Lord of the Night Realm: Book II” Serialization

It is with regret that I must announce that the serialization for Lord of the Night Realm: Book II – Reunion will be coming to a premature end. Life has taken one unexpected turn after another since starting the serial in May, including a dire family emergency and personal emotional challenges. Routines crumbled and everything else fell off track, making it especially difficult to put them back into place.

This absolutely does not mean that Book II won’t be completed. Rather, this gives me the freedom to write at my own pace while also giving it the time and consideration that it deserves. I personally feel that the quality of Book II has suffered in recent chapters due to aforementioned events coupled with arbitrary deadlines. Additionally, ending serialization early will allow me to better care for myself without the looming stress of releasing chapters “on time”. Not to mention it eases the stress placed on my editor, whose had their own set of life troubles the past couple of months.

Lord of the Night Realm: Book II – Reunion will end serialization with the release of Chapter 46 on August 19, 2022. This chapter marks the end of the book’s first arc—a chapter that I personally love which shows many lively and pleasant moments while darker events still loom on the horizon…

Book II is currently slated for a Q1 2023 print and e-book release, but this is subject to change. Please keep tabs on my website, Twitter, Instagram, or Patreon/Ko-fi for any news or updates. I’ll certainly be sharing them as the writing process continues.

The best advice I read said to have your story completely written before you serialize, and twice now I’ve ignored it. With my lesson learned, I can move forward with writing Book II at a pace that works for me while also setting aside time for future story projects, including a brand new serial series.

Thank you so much for your understanding, and I look forward to delivering the completed Book II in the not-so-distant future—July is already half over, for Triad’s sake!