It's looking like I'll be uploading The Lightning Wastes late tonight/tomorrow morning, which means it should be available for purchase around midday tomorrow.
I realize that's 24 hours later than I had intended, and I prostrate myself before you. My sister's leaving to study abroad in Spain for five months, so I've been spending a few days this week with her, but as a result I procrastinated the short stories too much.
I'm sorry. As an apology, I've put Simon and Leah in this one.
As a double apology, I haven't included Alin. You're welcome.
So I'm working on the January batch of short stories, collectively entitled The Lightning Wastes.
I'm excited about them, and interested to see how you enjoy the chance to tour Endross, Naraka, and Ragnarus. At the risk of almost spoiling you, they tie in more to the novels than the previous six short stories did, so that's nice. There are a couple of characters in these that I really enjoy writing.
Release date for the stories? Before the end of the month.
Work on City of Light is proceeding more slowly than I had hoped. Not because of the short stories; it's mostly because I want to end the trilogy well, so I sometimes get a little too focused on not screwing up. It'll still be early 2014, though. When I say "slowly," I'm talking in terms of weeks, not years.
I did just get the first few CoL cover sketches back from my artists, though (the same ones who drew my previous two covers). It's not quite ready to show you yet, but I'm looking forward to the end product.
Since I like to end on a question, here's an inquiry for you:
What questions would you like to see answered in City of Light? Keep in mind that I will not be answering the full history of Valinhall, as I intend to release a different book about that in the future.
I'm just curious about what you're curious about.
Cheers and salutations!
AKA, I forgot that I hadn't made a post about this. I tweeted it, posted it on Facebook, and mentioned it in the comments, but I never made an official post.
So hey, if you haven't heard by now, Gardens of Mist is now available here!
Thanks for all of you who have already read and reviewed it! I thought that having You-Know-Who* show up in the Tartarus story would be a neat little surprise for you, and that particular scene wouldn't be in his novella, so I've avoided the potential redundancy problem.
Also, the Crimson Vault paperbacks are finally up for order normally on the Crimson Vault Amazon page! They do have a map in the front, too. Just so you know.
So yeah, the final collection in the Traveler's Gate Chronicles will be out this month, entitled The Lightning Wastes. "Wastes," in this case, refers to a wasteland, not to a waste of space or resources. The more you know!
Meanwhile, have a link to an awesome comic.
"Then he felt a reaction from his cores."
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Hey, what about those short stories you claim to have already written?
Apparently they're kept here!