Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mary of Shadows is Available!

Well, it was slated for an August release, but it came out one day early, so there you go. Mary of Shadows, the first sequel to Mary of the Aether is now available at the publisher's website in various formats (specifically, pdf, html, epub and trade paperback). Go forth and check it out. Buy yourself the appropriate version and read the further adventures of our Lightbearer. The stakes are raised, people, and the things that happen in this one will propel us into the rest of the series.

Click right here to go there.

In other news, I'm just a few chapters away from finishing the final volume of the series. Mary's tale is drawing to a close, people.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Latest Developments

Okay, I haven't updated the blog in a while, so here I am, people. Mostly, I've just been busy. Working during the day at a rather mundane "doing it for the paycheck" type of job and writing like crazy at night. My nightly goal is 2,000 words. The Mary Lanham saga is drawing to a close. In fact, I'm a little over halfway done with Mary of Cosmos, somewhere around 54,000 words.

In other news, a couple of updates on the first volume of the series, Mary of the Aether. Some editorial changes were made a couple weeks ago by my kindly editor to fix a few blatant and strange typos. The strangest of them was the one time in chapter three when Constable Mohler is referred to as Constable Rogers. How did it happen? Well, Constable Rogers was his first name. I changed it later to Mohler, but somehow the old name slipped through the otherwise intensive editorial process. I chalk this up to me being a newb at the time. Anyway, the new Constable Rogers-free Mary of the Aether is now available. If you've got one of the old versions, I guess you've got a collector's item.

In other news, my publisher and I are putting together a bunch of note cards to send out to schools in Arkansas. Mary of the Aether is being presented all over the region this summer as part of a workshop for teachers called "So Many Books, So Little Time," so we want to follow it up with a reminder. Maybe the book will catch a little more heat. That would be nice. Somehow, someday, I'd like to make a living at this writing business. We shall see!

Two more weeks until Mary of Shadows is available, by the way! Two more weeks.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Quick Cosmos Update

Well, I just thought I'd give a quick update about Mary of Cosmos. I am averaging a little over 2,000 words a day. Currently, the first draft stands at 20,277 words, seven chapters, and cataclysmic things are happening in the tiny town of Chesset, Arkansas. At this rate, I'll be done sometime in early or mid-August, and then *sniffle* I'll be done writing about Mary Lanham and her various friends forever and ever.

Ironically, just about the time I'm done writing about Mary forever, people will be able to read her second book and finally experience the increasing intensity of the series. Mary of Shadows is on the Whiskey Creek Press upcoming list, so keep an eye on the page for its sudden appearance!

In other news, my wife (who is my first draft reader) just finished Children of the Mechanism, and she suffered some lingering emotional trauma from it. So that bodes well. The manuscript has been sent to a publisher, so we'll see what sort of feedback I get.