Monday, August 17, 2015

Status Update

Well, it looks like it's time to admit that Extermination (the sequel to Black Coven) isn't quite going to be finished in time for a September release. At my current rate of progress I'm expecting to just finish the draft by then, but editing and proofreading generally take two or three weeks. So I'm now expecting to release the book in October.

In other news, I've started laying the groundwork for my second series. This will be fairly hard SF in a far-future setting, and I'm tentatively planning to release the first book several months after Extermination. Starting next year I'll probably alternate books between the two settings, with a goal of finishing a book about every four months.

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  1. Eh, that's still pretty darn fast...
    Can we look forward to some more blog updates before then, though?

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    1. Yes, I expect to start posting teaser material in early September. I'm just holding off until I get enough of the book finished to be sure I won't need to go back and change anything.

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  2. No worries, can't wait to read it!

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  3. I don't know if you have done this before, but beta readers can help with the outgoing process :-)

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  4. Questions on the sci fi book. Genetic engineering? (Incase it does) (Superman genetics [Please!][most advanced]? Normal genetic all around upgrades [moderately advanced]? Annoyingly sort of realistic, sort of not genetics with upside-downside [still experimenting]?)?
    Does it have nanotech? super advanced (Semi sentient nanos that can evolve)? Moderately (They can have a wide range of uses, form objects)? Basic (stuck with small scale things, attack small things, small structural stuff)?
    Other tech?
    Magic? (Some people mean different things when they say sf...)
    Other genres?
    Now to the book Extermination, will he invent nano enchantments? (It would be interesting, though tricky, he would need to learn a few more techniques first that would make replication possible for each one of them, maybe they would work together? A way to update them all together or in groupings would be good too, along with a way for them to learn...) (I had that thought after writing about the nanotech above...)
    Will he build a giant flying castle? A big castle that separates into a whole bunch of mini flying castles? A shrinking/enlarging flying castle? A walking castle? If for no other reason than to escape?
    Will he alter his own flesh (and genetics) to become super Daniel? Will he gain anymore sorceries? (You can answer these [or not] if you want to. I just need to release these questions... Though i do want to know, I can wait...)
    And i think thats the last of my burning questions! Love the books! Also, i just realized i have one last question... I think. If they do add that other person, does that mean they will go up to seven? Or six? Since they are at five currently... Will that person have a body per a mind? Do the number of minds? Bodies? Or combination? Count?
    Anyway brilliant book!

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    1. All I'll say about Daniel's future is that he's going to continue inventing new ways to use his magic, which is a good thing because he's going to need all the firepower he can get.

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  5. Could you give us a bare bones concept on your 'fairly hard SF in a far-future setting'? Is the MC going to be as OP as your current series? Exploration or combative type book

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    2. I have a personal preference for OP. But i like a few areas, I'm not picky.

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    3. The setting is an attempt to update the classic SF themes of the 1950s-80s with a more modern understanding of what's actually possible with future tech. So you have nanotechnology, AI, robotics, genetic engineering and a lot of very advanced biological manipulation. But I've taken pains to set things up so that events are still dominated by human(ish) societies and political conflicts, rather then incomprehensible superhuman AIs.

      As for the actual story? Perilous Waif is the tale of a little orphan girl who runs away from the orphanage to seek a life in space, and falls in with a bad crowd. And decides she likes them. Exploring space with a crew of smugglers, con artists and thieves is a lot more fun than being an honest citizen, and the occasional run-in with pirates, organized crime or the law just keeps things interesting.

      Is she OP? Well, power levels in SF are inherently different than in a fantasy world, because no matter how badass you are you can still get blown away by an orbital bombardment. But advanced nanotech can build some pretty interesting cyberwear, and whoever built Alice went all out.

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  6. Wooooo, soon it will be preview time :D.

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  7. Say E., is there any chance you could post a map of Kozalin? Even a rough sketch would help, I've tried repeatedly to create a map from the descriptions in the book, but where is the harbor berm in relation to the actual city wall, which city district is the closest to Daniel's tower, where is the breach located... well, I've got questions :D.

    Cheers from Germany

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