Happy New Year, ladies and gentlemen! Here's the deal: Gardens of Mist is finished, it's ready, and I'll be uploading it ASAP.
As usual, Amazon has to put the book up on their end after I upload it, which can take as much as a day. Based on how long it took them last time, I suspect Gardens of Mist will be available for sale late this afternoon or evening.
That's a guess, though. Once I upload it, which will happen soon, it's all in Amazon's smooth, delicate hands.
I'm sure you guys know the drill by this point: Gardens of Mist will show up if you search for it before it will show up on my Amazon page, so it will be available for sale hours before it officially shows up on my page.
Once I get a link that works, I'll put it up here. But there are more of you than there are of me, so if you're able to buy a copy before I post a link on the blog, let me know! Send me an email or leave a comment with a link to the book, and I'll update as soon as I can.
Hope you enjoy it, and Happy New Year's!
I don't know about yours, but my 2013 was pretty fantastic.
'Twas the night of midwinter, and all through the House
Not a creature was stirring. Not even you, little mouse.
My darlings were nestled all snug on their shelves,
Why, they were so tired they'd silenced themselves.
When out in the hall there arose such a cry,
That I sprang from my bed to summon the Nye.
Then what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But the Eldest of Nye, with a single bright tear.
"I did not mean to wake you. It's not nearly dawn,
but tonight is the night we can speak of what's gone.
We once were much more than one house, you see
And nobody remembers. Not even me.
On midwinter, my people, we speak of the past,
Of what our world was, right up to the last.
We came from a land of both shadow and steel,
Until those proud fools, they shattered the seal."
The Eldest, he spoke more than I'd ever heard,
But I only caught perhaps every third word.
You see, I was tired, and my dolls were asleep,
And you know my hate for that old Nye runs deep.
So that's all that I know, now I'm going to bed.
If you want to know more, ask the Eldest instead.
As he watched Kai walk through the bedroom door, Simon couldn't help but think he should have seen this coming. Kai never gave him a straight answer. In the morning, he would try and ask Indirial, see if he had anything to add about the origins of Valinhall.
Why did Kai ever feel the need to speak in rhyme, anyway?
Quick update tonight: I've decided not to push Gardens of Mist out for Christmas. It will still be out before the end of December, but after Christmas.
Why? Because now I get to spend some time with my family. I was going to work today and tomorrow uploading the stories, then head home for Christmas on the 25th. Now I get to relax today, and head home tomorrow.
I could still have gotten the book out, but honestly I think I'm doing the right thing by waiting a few days. As many of you have said, it's best to take some time off over the holidays.
So now you know. Gardens of Mist out a few days later than I was hoping, but still before New Year's.
To compensate you a little bit, I will reveal that Crimson Vault paperbacks are finally available, but only through this direct link. Once Amazon shows the paperback properly on the normal Crimson Vault page, I'll make a wider announcement.
Also, thanks again for your enthusiastic participation in the last blog post! I got a lot of suggestions, some of which were e-mailed, tweeted, or private messaged to me. It's neat to see what you all want in your stories, and your responses are helping me decide where to go after the Traveler's Gate Trilogy.
If you want to keep leaving suggestions/requests, feel free. I still monitor the comments on old blog posts, as long as they're not TOO old.
Thanks for reading, and have a Merry Christmas Eve Eve!
This just occurred to me to ask, so I thought I'd pop a quick blog post up here. Maybe this is more appropriate to Twitter or Facebook, but...hey, we'll see!
Here's my question to you:
After the Traveler's Gate Trilogy, what kind of book would you like to see from me?
You can feel free to interpret this question however you like. I'm not sure what I mean either. Do you want to see the first book in a long series? A couple of stand-alone novels? A YA steampunk romance? What?
I'm just curious. This may or may not have any bearing on what I actually write next. I'm just interested to see what you think.
This is your chance to try and convince me to write a series from the perspective of that blind dwarf psion you played in your last D&D game! Go nuts!
(HINT: It's always going to be fantasy genre. I don't really have any ideas that don't have magic in them. It's possible that I could branch somewhat into sci-fi or horror, but I'll never stray far from my magical roots.)
...sort of. Not really, as a matter of fact, I don't actually have a Christmas present for you. Unless, of course, you're one of the handful of people for whom I did actually buy a Christmas present.
Uh, let me start over.
Book 2 of the Traveler's Gate Chronicles, Gardens of Mist, coming this month! Probably before Christmas! It's almost done!
Here, have an eye-catching image:
The observant among you may have noticed that I did not post last week. There were a few reasons for this: first, I was away working hard on City of Light. Second, I wanted to leave the Tower of Winter post up as long as I could, so that as many people saw it as possible. Third, I am a shiftless vagabond.
City of Light is underway, and I can now tell you that I am aiming for a February or March release date. I'm planning on getting the first draft finished by early January, spend the month of January editing, and release it in February when I think it's finished. The plan, after that, is to start my new series in Summer 2014.
My, how time flies when a chronomancer curses you and your descendants unto the seventh generation.
I will emphasize that this is my target. I might miss it. But I'm leaving it vague intentionally so that I have a little room for squirming, in the undesirable event that squirming should become necessary.
What's my next series, you ask? I'm not sure yet. I've been working on a few things, but it won't be Traveler's Gate related. I need a break before I come back to this universe (multiverse?). I have one idea that I like, featuring epic fantasy with slightly less fighting and slightly more...inventive combat avoidance, I suppose you'd call it. Currently, the title of the first book is The Ghost and the Spider.
I've got another idea for a post-apocalyptic style of novel, in which a modern-technology world becomes more and more magical until civilization breaks down, and a new world order arises. This series would center around magical experimentation (nobody knows how magic works, because it's new) and world-conquering. It's a fun concept, but it seems difficult to write, so I might hold off on that for a while.
I also have two stories with little more than titles: The House on Silver Hill and The Seven Lives of Solomon Priest.
I thought those titles sounded cool, and I'd like to write stories around them. This is often how I work: I come up with tons of random ideas at different times, and then when I'm trying to assemble a story, I reach into my grab bag and find pieces that fit together.
For instance, for the Traveler's Gate Trilogy, I thought of the "un-prophesied hero" dynamic: the friend of the One True Hero who would rather save the world himself. Another time, I came up with the idea of themed pocket dimensions from which wizards could draw power. On yet another occasion, I thought of a different magic system based around places called "Territories."
Now you know how I work. Ideas go into a big, jumbled mess, and when I'm trying to put a new story or world together, I fish around for ideas and fit them together like puzzle pieces.
The more you know!
"Calder straightened his back, focused his mind, and opened the door."
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