Return to Book 3

DeathLines5 (© 2015)Today I return to writing Book 3. Four years ago I stopped after writing about 100 pages because I didn’t want to tackle its complexity (four main characters) as we were expecting our first child. Then I was compelled to write Book 1 and Book 2 as prequels to Book 3. Now that I have two novels under my belt, along with two novelettes, several short stories, and an Earthpillar atlas, I’m ready to return to Book 3.

What atlas? I drew it while working on the short stories. I wanted to give scale to the continent of Pemonia and be consistent when writing about places separated by long distances and centuries of time.

For now the atlas covers 28 province-sized regions of Pemonia (only about half the continent) fitted together on a giant 8 ft x 7 ft heavy art paper map. Rivers and elevation changes are illustrated with Derwent tinted charcoal. It is a tool for my writing and a professional can improve it in the future, but you can view a sample on the Maps Page.

Thanks for reading about the progress of my work. I’ll pursue publishing options with more gusto later this summer. Then hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. For now, back to writing…

Shorts & Maps

DeathLines4 (© 2014)I mostly took a break from the novels over the past two months to write short stories. I have a novelette and five shorts currently submitted to online magazines for potential publication. A second novelette is currently being edited. All of these stories take place in the Earthpillar world.

Separately, I added two maps to the Maps page. One is a hand-drawn sketch for the first book (hopefully improved by a publisher’s illustrator one day), and the other is a production map that shows where all the current writings are located in the Earthpillar world. As you can see, the first book only touches a small slice of the continent of Pemonia.

Finally, a special thanks to those who began following my site over the past month. It’s gratifying to be able to start sharing some of my material while I continue querying literary agents and publishers.

Now, back to writing…