Tomorrow’s Shepherd available for pre-order

I’m thrilled to announce Tomorrow’s Shepherd, the second book in my fantasy trilogy, The Verdant Revival, is now available for pre-order and will be officially released on Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

eBook Cover Tomorrow’s Shepherd shifts the focus of the series to Fritz Reinhardt, a young man with hyper-intuition who figured out how to fix all of planet Verde’s technology lost two centuries prior in the Blackout. Fritz now dreams of a worldwide restoration making daily life easier all over the world. It was a big deal for quiet and socially awkward Fritz to make his dream public, but the benefits of repairing pre-Blackout relics are too enormous to ignore: more education, better communication, and longer life expectancy.

But it could be over sooner than he thinks. Some see his dream as a nightmare, and these critics have a powerful ally in Lady Verde. The spirit of the planet remembers the environmental damage chipware did to her in the past, and she demands an end to the restoration. She’s even willing to resurrect the worst chipware the planet has ever seen, the giant Steelterrors, to prove her point. How can Fritz build a better tomorrow if the planet itself fights against him?

Tomorrow’s Shepherd will be available in both paperback and eBook, and the eBook version is available for pre-order now from the retailer of your choice:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords

This book has been a labor of love for almost three years. I wrote the first word of the first draft on Sunday, November 22, 2015, and finished it late last month, on Monday, October 29, 2018. I’ll be sharing a lot more information about it with you in the weeks ahead. I cannot wait for you to read it.

August 2017 Status Update

The story of what I’ve been up to lately is in my Project Tracker:

2017-08 Status Update

I finished the second draft of Tomorrow’s Shepherd, and it is currently in the hands of the first of my beta readers! I’ve been working on this book for twenty months now, and it’s not done yet, but nevertheless, I’m happy to reach this milestone.

I’ve previously given out a few teases about the book. I’ve mentioned that each of the three books of The Verdant Revival will have a different theological virtue as its theme. Yesterday’s Demons was about love. Tomorrow’s Shepherd is about hope.

I’ve mentioned that each of The Verdant Revival‘s main characters takes a turn as the star of a book. Siv was the focus of Yesterday’s Demons. Tomorrow’s Shepherd is Fritz’s story. And I mentioned that “gravity” was not only the 100,000th word I wrote for the book, but it’s also another theme of the book, so much so that “Defying Gravity” from Wicked is perfect for the book’s soundtrack.

To celebrate the completion of the second draft, here’s a new hint about the book’s plot. Tomorrow’s Shepherd features not one, but two villains… and both were mentioned by name in Yesterday’s Demons.

As is my practice, I now plan to put the book on the shelf while my beta readers absorb it. During this break, I plan to catch up on some articles I’ve meant to post here. I also have another project in mind I’ll be starting very soon. It will be a different experience for me, but I’m very excited about it. And since I don’t want to sound entirely coy and elusive, I’ll say this much about it: it’s a non-fiction project.

As always, I want to thank everyone for reading this for your support. I can’t say you’re the reason I write, because I have to write, and I’d do it even if no one read my work. But the fact you do read it, and enjoy it, and tell me about your enjoyment of it means so much. Thank you for your continued support.

Deus vobiscum.

Happy Bookaversary, Yesterday’s Demons

Yesterdays Demons Cover Final (Small)
My Yesterday’s Demons page contains a sample chapter, character introductions, and purchasing links.

This month marks the one-year bookaversary of Yesterday’s Demons! My debut novel was published in eBook on April 12, 2016, and the paperback edition followed on April 22, 2016.

I’ve mentioned many times before how the publication of my novel was a dream come true. Even one year later, it’s just as thrilling as the first day I saw my book — my book, you guys, omigosh I wrote this — listed on Amazon.com.

If you haven’t read it yet, visit my Yesterday’s Demons page for a sample chapter, character introductions, and purchasing links. If you like YA-friendly fantasy or JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Phantasy Star, you’re going to love it.

And since a bookaversary is grounds for a celebration, I think it’s time to hand out a little treat. It’s been a long time since I dropped any hints about the next book in The Verdant Revival trilogy, Tomorrow’s Shepherd, and according to my Project Tracker, the second draft of that book is now 21% complete!

ProjectTracker-2017-04-14

Besides the book’s title, I’ve previously mentioned that the book would focus not on Siv (the protagonist of Yesterday’s Demons), but on Siv’s friend Fritz. The Verdant Revival features three main characters — Siv, Fritz, and Cassie — and the three of them take turns being the main character.

It’s time I dropped some new information about it, so here goes. On Twitter, when I reached the 100,000-word milestone during the writing of the book’s first draft, I mentioned the 100,000th word was “gravity.” What I didn’t mention was… that’s sort of a spoiler, albeit one you can file under “When I read the book I’ll look back on this and say, ‘Ahh OK I get it now!'”

But to be more specific and less annoyingly coy, I’ll also say that “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked is a big, key number in my personal soundtrack for Tomorrow’s Shepherd. So many of the lyrics apply to the story of Fritz and his efforts to learn how to wield his power of hyper-intuition, especially:

Something has changed within me
Something is not the same
I’m through with playing by the rules
Of someone else’s game
Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes and leap!

(Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz)

That’s all the hinting I can give you for now. I’m only 21% done with the second draft, after all. But I can’t wait to get this one into your hands.

Deus vobiscum.

March 2017 Status Update

I did my taxes last month. This was the first year I got to report royalty income on a 1099-MISC form, thanks to sales of Yesterday’s Demons. That was a nice problem to have.

Let’s take a look at the current status of my Project Tracker:

projecttracker-2017-03

I’m 7% done with the second draft of Tomorrow’s Shepherd, but honestly, that number is a little high. I bumped the bar to that percentage last month after I thought the first two chapters were done, but then I spent the rest of the month going back through chapters two and three, fixing up a few more things. I’m still not done with those two.

I mentioned in my 2016 Year-End Status Update that for a while during the drafting of the book’s first draft, I experienced some writer’s doubt. I wasn’t sure what I was writing was Not Crap. Specifically, that time was while I was writing the book’s first few chapters. I’ve finally zeroed in on what the problem was. It’s a writing problem I’ve never had to deal with before.

Tomorrow’s Shepherd is the sequel to Yesterday’s Demons, so characters and plot points from Yesterday’s Demons will inevitably be mentioned. But I also want the book to stand on its own for readers who — for some odd reason — haven’t yet read Yesterday’s Demons. And since I like that book so much, I want to tell these new readers all about it. Or more accurately, I want my characters and narration to talk all about it.

But I don’t have to go into the incredible level of detail I want to. And it’s bad if I do. The problem I finally realized was this: the early chapters of Tomorrow’s Shepherd were just telling too much about Yesterday’s Demons, and it was slowing down the pace of the story. And that’s an especially big problem because Tomorow’s Shepherd starts with a fun three-chapter action scene.

To sort through the mess, I wrote on my whiteboard “TS Chapters 2 and 3 — justify your existence.” Underneath that, I wrote down every reference to Yesterday’s Demons in those two chapters. And once I did that, I performed a brutal analysis. Every reference on that board was only allowed to stay in the story if (1) it was absolutely necessary and (2) it was communicated at exactly the right time — no earlier, no later. If it failed the first test, I said to it, “See ya.” If it passed the first test but failed the second, I found a new, more appropriate place for that particular item.

This might sound like a dull exercise, but this is actually my favorite part of writing. It’s like refactoring in software engineering — all the code you need is already there, you’re just making it better via improved syntax and more accurate placement. So that’s what I’ll be doing for a while on this new book. I can’t wait for you to read it, but only once I make sure all of its elements are in the proper order.

February 2017 Status Update

carsland
Ka-chow!

I spent two weeks of last month in the best possible way: at Disneyland! My beautiful bride, our children, and I had a great trip to my favorite place in the world. It had been two years since we’d been there, and SoCal was calling to me. I love the drive across I-10 from Texas to California, through the beauty of New Mexico and Arizona, and right past the splendor of Joshua Tree National Park. While there, we stayed at our favorite vacation rental home, and besides Disneyland, we managed to get in a day at Huntington Beach. Overall, it was fantastic. I still wouldn’t want to live anywhere but Texas, but no matter how many times I go, California remains near the very top of my list of places I want to visit.

Oh, and this trip was the first time I’ve ever been able to experience that tiny slice of paradise called It’s a Small World Holiday. I have always loved It’s a Small World. I didn’t think it could get any better. But every December and early January, when the attraction is decorated for Christmas, and the dolls sing “Jingle Bells,” it does.

And then we got home, and I got back to work.

projecttracker-2017-02-03

I’ve begun work on the second draft of Tomorrow’s Shepherd. I mentioned in my previous update how excited I am about that book and that excitement hasn’t ebbed.

You know what else I’m excited about? I recently hit a milestone with this blog. This is the 101st article I’ve published.Considering that at times I’ve struggled with what to do with this blog, that’s a big deal to me. I’m not a very social person, so it’s just not in my nature to step up to a microphone and start speaking to the world, which is basically what you do every time you publish a blog article. There’s also the simple facts that I’m a writer with a day job, and writing is a zero sum game — any time I spend writing blog articles is time I’m not spending writing my next book.

But one of my goals for 2017 is to get better at this. I’ve said it before, but it’s still very early in my career, so if you’re reading this shortly after it’s published, you’re one of My First Fans. And that means I want to stay in touch with you. I’m committed to checking in via this blog at least once a week, even if it is just to give the blog equivalent of a wave hello. Only after I do that will I allow myself to crawl back into my writing hole and get to work on my next story. Deal?

Deus vobiscum.

2016 Year-End Status Update

At this time last year, I posted a 2015 recap of the progress I’d made on that “become a published author” project I’d been working on. With the new year now upon us, it’s a good time for me to reflect back on 2016 and see how similar Plan and Reality ended up. Here’s what I had planned for 2016, followed by when I checked the item off my list… or when I didn’t.

Complete the final draft of Yesterday’s Demons
Done on March 5.

Publish Yesterday’s Demons in ebook
The pre-order went live on March 10, and the book was released on April 12. There’s really nothing else that I can consider my professional highlight of the year. This was a dream come true. If you haven’t bought it yet, check out the shopping links in the sidebar or on this page.

Publish Yesterday’s Demons in paperback
On April 22, newsletter subscribers were the first to learn this was now available. At this point, I exclusively read ebooks. But I learned that plenty of folks still prefer books made out of atoms instead of bits. And as my friend William Munn recently put it, he’s come to see a dead tree copy of a book as a collectible. So this was also a big milestone, and a true highlight of the year. For purchasing links, again see the sidebar or this page.

Complete the first draft of Tomorrow’s Shepherd
After releasing Yesterday’s Demons in ebook and paperback, I spent the remainder of 2016 head down writing its sequel. I had hoped to have a near-final draft of that book in the hands of my editor by the end the year, but life got in the way. I transitioned to a new day job, which was great for my mental health but bad (for a while) for my productivity. But the biggest problem I had in finishing by my self-imposed due date was that I struggled with the book for a while. I don’t know if I’d call it “writer’s block” so much as I’d call it “writer’s doubt.” For a while, I just wasn’t certain I was writing something that was Not Crap.

In the end, everything came together into something I’m proud of and excited about. This is the news that newsletter subscribers got earlier this week: on December 31, I completed the first draft of The Verdant Revival, Book 2: Tomorrow’s Shepherd.

As is my tradition whenever I finish a novel draft, I celebrated with a bowl of cereal:

imag0349

This time I chose a bowl of Frosted Flakes with some fresh strawberries and blueberries and, because it was Christmas and because my wife is an amazing Italian, I garnished it with some struffoli on top.

SPOILER ALERT: The final word of the book is “ours”! (Gah! Why did I give it away?)

Complete the second draft (with beta reader feedback) of Tomorrow’s Shepherd
and
Submit Tomorrow’s Shepherd to my editor
These are the two items that were on my 2016 checklist that I did not accomplish. At some point last year, I opened my 2016 annual plan notes, found the “finish the first draft” item, and added in red ink: “This seems wildly unrealistic.” Sadly that turned out to be true. But though I didn’t get as far as I hoped, I ended up with a work I’m wildly enthusiastic about. I’m an artist; I’ll take quality over deadlines any day.


So what’s next? I’m still formulating my complete 2017 plan, but I can say my number one goal for the year is to have Tomorrow’s Shepherd on sale by the end of the year. I’m going to work hard on that one, because I can’t wait for you to read it.

I’ve mentioned that each of the three books in The Verdant Revival will feature a different main character: first Siv, then Fritz, and finally Cassie. What I haven’t mentioned before is that each book also has a different theological virtue at its core. Yesterday’s Demons was about love, the opposite of fear. The finale will be about faith. And Tomorrow’s Shepherd is about hope. So while I wish I would have finished the book’s first draft sooner, there was something special about completing it during the Christmas season — the ultimate season of hope.

Thank you to all of you who helped make my 2016 so wonderful. A lot went wrong in the world last year, but I’ll always remember 2016 fondly as the year I became a published author. And as the year the Cubs finally won the World Series. #FlyTheW

June 2016 Status Update

hello-world-1333103_640I have been a slacker when it comes to writing articles here, so much so that it feels like this opening paragraph should be accompanied by the driving guitar riffs of a Creed song. “Hello, my friend, we meet again. It’s been a while, where should we begin?” Yes, that should be how I open this article, but I don’t want to sing and you don’t want to hear me sing, either.

The good news is I haven’t been a slacker when it comes to writing. Work is proceeding nicely on The Verdant Revival book two. And in my last update, I promised I’d reveal its title in this status update. You already know it if you’ve made it to the final page of Yesterday’s Demons, but just in case you’ve been unavoidably detained from reaching that goal, the title of The Verdant Revival book two is:

Tomorrow’s Shepherd

Yesterday’s DemonsTomorrow’s Shepherd. You’re probably starting to see a theme develop here, aren’t you? If you want to call Las Vegas now and put in a bet that book three’s title has something to do with the present, I assure you it would be a pretty safe bet.

I also won’t try to be coy. I’ve previously stated that each book in the series would feature the same three main characters, with each of them taking a turn in the lead role. Fritz Reinhardt is the titular shepherd of tomorrow. The story sees him attempting to bring about his dream of a world full of restored chipware. The only problem is not everyone thinks that’s such a good idea. Someone even tries to fight him over it. But, I’m not ready to tell you who just yet.

The most interesting part of writing the book so far has been the shifting of main character perspective from Siv to Fritz. Those two guys have very different perspectives! I’m also about to write the first ever Verdant Revival chapter written from Cassie’s perspective. I’ll need the practice since she’s the star of book three.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has purchased Yesterday’s Demons and especially everyone who has posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever else you like. The book’s launch has been more successful than I imagined it would be and for that, I am very grateful to all of you.

Deus vobiscum.

April 2016 Status Update

Just a quick update this month, since I already mentioned my biggest news – Yesterday’s Demons is done and will be released in ebook on April 12 – in my previous update. I spent the rest of March making sure it will be available from lots of ebook vendors, writing the various articles posted here about the book, and working on the print edition. I don’t have a firm release date for the print edition yet but if it is not available by the end of April, it will be available in early May.

ProjectTracker-2016-04

It’s just about time for me to get to serious work on Book 2 of The Verdant Revival and I can’t wait. There is so much that excites me about that story and I really want to get it out of my brain and into the world. That effort starts in earnest very soon!

By the way, Book 2’s title is revealed on the final page of Yesterday’s Demons. I’m going to leave it there for now as a treat you get for finishing the book – or for scrolling ahead to the last page. I think maybe next month’s status update will be a good time to reveal it here.

In the meantime, if you need me, I’ll be back in Verde writing about the continued adventures of Siv, Cassie, and Fritz.

Deus vobiscum.

March status update

My project tracker speaks for itself today:

ProjectTracker2016-03

Yesterday’s Demons is done! I finished it late Friday (early Saturday, technically). Then I celebrated with a bowl of cereal.

IMAG0235

I chose a mix of vintage 2015 Boo-Berry and 2015 Franken Berry, and since this was a celebratory bowl, I added extra marshmallows. My beloved Disneyland coffee mug, seen in the background, contained the last of the Gevalia Columbian coffee that got me through the final copy edits.

I have two patron saints when it comes to writing. The first is St. Therese of Lisieux. My wife and I have long had a great devotion to her, but that is a story for another time. I look to her as the patron of the art itself. As far as the business of publishing is concerned, my patron is St. John of God. He was my confirmation saint, and he is the patron saint of booksellers. In a calendar coincidence, his feast day was yesterday, March 8, just three days after I completed the book’s text and began the process of putting it on sale.

Speaking of which, now is as good a time as any to announce that Yesterday’s Demons goes on sale in eBook on Tuesday, April 12, 2016!

I’ll have a lot more to say about that in the coming weeks. For now, I once more express my thanks to everyone reading this. At this point in my career, almost everyone following me knows me personally. That means this is the very special time in my career in which every one of my fans is also a Loyal Friend and True. I’d never have gotten this far without you. Thank you, and,

Deus vobiscum.

Please, Mr. Postman

 

photo-1421882046699-09a0ff4ffb1b (Mobile)
Photo credit: Daria Nepriakhina

I recently got myself a mail box at the local post office. There’s just one problem: it’s sort of lonely. Right now, all I ever find in it is mail meant for its previous lessee.

So I’ll make you a deal, loyal friends and true: if you send me a postcard or a letter or an old Hallmark card you have laying around, I’ll send you a postcard right back. It will be fun! And if you have any children, it will be educational: they can see first-hand what this old-fangled “paper mail” thing was all about.

My address is:

PO Box 513
Cibolo, TX 78108

2015 Year-End Status Update

 

261H
Source: www.gratisography.com

I wrote about what I read last year, and about the tone of my personal life in 2015. But what about that “become a published novelist” project I’ve been working on?

At the start of last year, I came up with an action plan that had six items on it. I accomplished four of them. And I have a good reason for not finishing the other two. It has to do with a significant change of plans I made mid-year.

First, here’s what I planned to do and did.

Finish the second draft of Yesterday’s Demons
I finished it on January 30. It came in at 106,652 words and contained some significant structure changes from the first draft.

Finish the third draft of Yesterday’s Demons based on beta reader feedback
Remember, remember the 5th of November because on that day, the anniversary of the day Doc Brown invented time travel, I completed this checklist item. The third draft was 103,071 words.

Complete pre-writing for novel #2
This one made me smile because my first reaction was, whew, got that one in under the wire since I finished pre-writing on book 2 of The Verdant Revival in November. Then I realized: past me meant “my second novel,” not Verdant Revival 2. Past me meant Simon Bradley and the X-Ray Specs, the young adult sci-fi romp for which I finished pre-writing in February.

So I not only accomplished this one, I crushed it. I completed the pre-writing on two books. Go, me!

Start the first draft of novel #2
And this is the other plan item where I was an over-achiever. After completing pre-writing in February, I completed the first draft of Simon Bradley and the X-Ray Specs on April 30.

I really love that book, and I do still plan to write a second draft of it. I know exactly what changes it needs. But that likely won’t come until I’m closer to wrapping up The Verdant Revival.

I also started the first draft of novel #3, Verdant Revival 2. I’m only 5% into it, but hey… it’s started.

Now for the items on my list I did not complete.

Send Yesterday’s Demons to at least five publishers/agents
Not doing this was a very deliberate decision. In July, I decided to independently publish the book instead of shopping it to traditional publishers. I’m still very happy with this decision. I don’t rule out shopping a book to traditional publishers in the future, but I definitely want to publish The Verdant Revival trilogy myself.

Finish a copy/line edit of Yesterday’s Demons
A copy edit of Yesterday’s Demons was intended to be a prerequisite of shopping the book to agents and publishers, so I skipped it (for now). What will happen instead is I’ll take my awesome editor’s great advice and apply it to a fourth and final draft of the book.

See what I did with that last item? I started to segway into my plan for 2016. But for that, you’ll have to wait until next time because I still need to give it some thought.

I couldn’t be happier with what I accomplished in 2015. But I’m even more excited about what I have planned for 2016. This is the year I finally become a published author. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time and later this year, it comes true.

Hmm, I wonder if I could swing a trip to Disneyland to celebrate?

I have a newsletter now

Newsletters are cool. Or at least, that’s what I imagine the Eleventh Doctor would say while wearing a fez. And new for 2016, I’ve established one. I plan to send newsletters infrequently – only a few a year. But when I have big news, subscribers will hear it first.

BillyMays

The first newsletter I send will represent the official unveiling of the cover of Yesterday’s Demons!

Stuart Harrington of StuArtStudios created an amazing painting that you’re going to want to see right away. I’ll post it here on Wednesday, January 20. But newsletter subscribers will see it two days earlier, on Monday, January 18.

To subscribe, click on the “Subscribe” button in the sidebar or just click here.

December Status Update

What was I up to last month? I certainly wasn’t posting anything here. Sorry for that, but writing is a zero-sum game, so time I spend writing blog posts is time I’m not spending writing books. And I did do a lot of that last month. At the beginning of November, I finished the third draft of Yesterday’s Demons and estimated I had completed about 3% of the outline for book 2 of The Verdant Revival. What say you now, Project Tracker?

ProjectTracker-2015-12

There are two big bits of news there. The first is that Yesterday’s Demons is now in the hands of my editor. I should have her notes back before the end of the year.

The second big bit of news is I jumped from a 3% complete outline of Verdant Revival 2 to a 5% complete first draft. I’m still a little amazed at that one. I knew I had most of the book’s outline in my head, but when I finally sat down and committed it to bits and filled in the missing scenes, I learned the version in my mind was pretty much first draft ready. Armed with a completed outline, my whole brain just went “What the hell?” (to borrow a phrase from the Doctor) and I jumped right in.

As my beta readers and those who have read the book’s summary know, Yesterday’s Demons is the story of blacksmith Siv McCaig. His quest to learn the truth about what happened on the most traumatic night of his life leads him into a battle for his planet’s survival. Along the way, he meets his two new best friends: siblings Fritz and Cassie Reinhardt. But there’s one interesting aspect to The Verdant Revival I haven’t yet shared: Siv is the main character of Yesterday’s Demons, but the main character of Book 2 is Fritz, and Cassie gets the focus in Book 3.

I mention this now because while I’m having a blast revisiting Siv, Fritz, and Cassie and seeing what they’re now up to, the tone of Book 2 is much different with the focus now on Verde’s intuitive genius. I know this “shifting star” approach is a bit atypical for fantasy trilogies, but I think you’re going to like it.

So that was my National Novel Writing Month. Thank you, loyal friends and true, for your continued support. If you like these status updates, stick around because pretty soon I’ll have some end-of-the-year reflections to share. In the meantime:

Deus vobiscum.

The Verdant Revival

In my last status update, I promised that I’d reveal the title of my trilogy as a way of celebrating the completion of the current draft of the first book, Yesterday’s Demons.

ProjectTracker-2015-11-05

As of late last night, the current draft of Yesterday’s Demons is 100% complete. That means, as promised, it’s time to reveal the trilogy’s title.

The Verdant Revival

I wanted the title to describe the span of time the trilogy covers, like a name historians might use to refer to that era. The Verdant Revival fits that perfectly.

ForestRoad
Photo credit: Studio Dekorasyon

The trilogy takes place on the dying planet Verde. Two hundred years earlier, the Blackout destroyed all technology. In its wake, magic disappeared, and much of the world became Terrascorcha: a toxic wasteland where only monsters can survive. The survivors were forced to migrate to what came to be known as the occupied territories: a hot, dusty region with sparse cacti and scrub brush. It’s a harsh, broken place that is yearning for change.

“Verde” is a proper noun in my fictional world and “Verdant” is its demonym. But in the real world, verde is Spanish and Italian for green. It gives us the adjective “verdant” meaning green in color or green with growing plants. Green is a color associated with a good status, with go, and with life.

Merriam-Webster defines “Revival” as a period of growth, or a period in which something once-popular becomes popular again. It’s a word common in spirituality. Matt Maher’s “Burning in My Soul” is a song of praise and worship to the Holy Spirit. “We’re calling for revival!” Maher sings. The fruits of such a revival would likely be the gifts of the Holy Spirit, including wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, and fortitude.

Put all that together, and you have a term that describes the restoration of a harsh, broken place to the gleaming world it once was. The same term also describes the transformation of young adults into the heroes their world needs them to be. Either way, it’s a term that carries all sorts of hints about my story’s plot and tone.

The Verdant Revival.

What’s funny is this was one of the first titles I came up with, but I rejected it for various reasons. I worked my way through several others and even had settled on a different one for a while, but I was never satisfied and I kept tinkering. Only once I decided The Verdant Revival was the official title did I stop having the desire to fidget with it. Oh, ye INFJ, when will you learn to trust your intuition?

November Status Update

One month ago, the current draft of Yesterday’s Demons was 65% complete. What say you now, Project Tracker?

ProjectTracker-2015-11

90%! I’m pleased with the progress I made last month. At this pace, the draft will be finished this month.

I also estimate progress on the outline for book two of the trilogy at 3%. I haven’t committed much of the outline to bits, but a lot of it exists in engrams inside my brain. And I’ve been creating and listening to the book’s soundtrack playlist. That is a big step in my writing process. The right songs help me visualize the book’s key scenes, and the rest of the chapters fall into place around those. I’m listening to that playlist as I type these words.

And by the way, this trilogy has a title, and I’ll reveal it when I finish the current draft of Yesterday’s Demons as a way to celebrate.

My audience is currently small but is made up entirely of loyal friends and true. I thank all of you for your support. I couldn’t do this without you.

Deus vobiscum.