It’s been a little over a year since Magician Prince, the finale to The Magician Rebellion Trilogy was released. Since then I have taken a step back from writing. That is not to say that I have stopped writing, far from it. I just have not made it the sole focus of my life that it was while I worked on The Magician Rebellion. After spending two years writing non-stop in my free time to produce three novels, I was pretty well burnt out. Instead I have chosen to spend more of my time with my family, friends, and if you know me, then you know I am an avid gamer, so a lot of that too, in an effort to recharge my batteries.
Like I said, that does not mean that I have not been writing and since this little sporadic blog is all about my forays into writing, then you can guess what I want to discuss: What I’ve been working on for the last year.
I’ve been working on three projects at once and that, too, is part of the reason why I have not been able to release anything since last May. Logically, I know that it is best to work on one thing at a time, but I am also trying to allow myself to write naturally and that means moving back and forth between projects right now. So without further ado, here is a glimpse into what I’ve been up to.
Rising Sun (working title)
Rising Sun takes place in a world that is one part fantasy and one part steam punk. It is about a teenager in the middle of the awkward years between being a boy and a man who finds himself with nothing when his father is executed for crimes against the king and how he pulls himself up and moves forward with his life. Beyond that I don’t want to get too deep into the plot, but I will say that there will be all sorts of fantastic things including airships, strange creatures, ghosts, smugglers, sexy cat-women, and of course a massive conspiracy in the making.
One of the lessons that I learned from The Magician Rebellion is not to do the end of the book cliffhangers. This can be disappointing to readers who want a complete story and puts additional pressure on me to finish those stories in a timely manner. So Rising Sun will be a completely self-contained story. However, it is a universe that I really enjoy and could not help plotting out a seven book arc, giving it a lot of room to grow if it turns out that people other than me like it too.
Most of my time has been spent on this book and the first draft is about 65% complete.
Vampire Country (working series title)
Remember how I said that I’m a gamer. Well I bet you can guess that I like games with a lot of deep story and character development. So it is little wonder that I became a fan Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us series and I have really enjoyed the episodic nature of their stories and thought it would be fun to do an episodic series along those lines that when complete will be the length of a full novel.
I’ve also been into the post-apocalyptic genre recently, but zombies have been done to death (pardon the bad pun). Vampires have also been popular in recent years, but I am not into the myriad of handsome, sexy, twinkly vampires that make the whole idea of becoming a vampire seem so appealing. Vampirism is supposed to be a curse and vampires are supposed to be monsters and should be treated as such.
In Vampire Country, people suddenly start transforming into the vicious monsters without any warning and this series focuses on a group of Chicagoans as they deal with this unexpected and serious threat.
Where this differs from most post-apocalyptic tales is that it is not truly post-apocalyptic. Most stories focus on one person or a small group all alone and while that might be how the first “episode” starts out subsequent chapters will reveal that there are whole communities of people that are finding ways to not only survive, but find some sense of normalcy amidst the devastation.
Vampire Country will be broken up into a set of six short novella-length stories that I plan to release in two month intervals after the first one comes out. Each story will be self-contained with one possible exception being the penultimate volume.
Vampire Country is about halfway done with the first “episode” or volume, if you prefer, but I plan to have the first two or three completed before releasing any of them, so that I can meet the bi-monthly schedule.
Magician’s Apprentice (working title)
First, sorry this is not the start of a new trilogy in The Magician Rebellion universe although I do plan to do another series in that world at some point. Like Vampire Country, this story takes place in our world, but it is more of a fun short story. It is about a young man who becomes an apprentice to an eccentric stage magician who is known for his death-defying act. The apprentice realizes that something is not quite right with his new boss and sets out to find out what.
Since this is a short story, I am considering submitting it to a science fiction/fantasy magazine, because it would best fit that format.
This story is very early in its development.