2011 – One Down, Many to Go

I realize there’s still another day remaining in this year, but the likelihood of me actually writing something here tomorrow is so slim that I figured I’d just go ahead and do it today. It’s not that I can’t wait to do it, but I thought I should post a little update just in case anyone is wondering what the status of various projects are.

To recap 2011, I went from being somebody that almost everyone had never heard of, to someone slightly-less-than-almost everyone had never heard of. It’s not so bad, really. This is what I figured would happen based upon what I’m comfortable with doing. Quite simply, I don’t want to promote, promote, promote for the next several months, so instead I’m just writing.

That, of course, means that I’m usually too busy to do the things that would get me name recognition now, but all in good time. I’m a patient Padawan.

Anyhow, 2011 saw Omni‘s┬árelease, the first book in the Debate Team series. I’d be lying if I told you the Debate Team has more than three books planned, but I think more is possible. However, the story arc is a relatively small one, and three feels right, so that’s what I’ll be writing. (I reserve the right to change this somewhere down the road, likely around the time of writing book three.)

Book two in the Debate Team series is moving along quite well. The focus on the first book was fairly narrow, and for specific reasons. There’s a lot of information that’s left to the reader to inuit, and more that’s simply not answered. Book two aims to fill in some of those gaps by expanding upon the perspective and the characters, while simultaneously picking up exactly where Omni left off.

I’m also nearing completion on the first book in my unnamed dark fantasy trilogy. I’ve been working on this one for quite some time now, and because of the way I’ve written it, I actually have some of the second book completed as well. The story arc is established as I originally wrote the outline to all three books (as one giant outline) when I began the process of developing this story, its characters, and its world.

Those projects are clear in my mind, and they’re going to be my focus for 2012, and likely a fair part of 2013 as well. Though I have an ambitious plan to publish the two remaining Debate Team novels this year, along with the first and second parts of the dark fantasy series, I’m not sure I can release four complete, high-quality novels in the span of a year. I refuse to publish something that isn’t ready, so if it means I have to move things into 2013, so be it.

And what would I be without a boatload of other projects being kicked around? I’d be someone else, that’s what. So let’s list them:

  • One sword and sorcery trilogy (that’s heavy on the sword, and not so much the sorcery);
  • One “realistic fantasy” series that’s completely devoid of magic;
  • One fantasy book (I’m not sure which fantasy genre it falls into yet) involving someone who has been returned to life;
  • And one post-apocalyptic science-fiction/fantasy book that I enjoy the crap out of, but don’t really know where it’s going.

So there you go. I have a lot going on, though I admit I don’t spend as much time on those other projects as I do on my main ones. (But, to let you in on a secret: a couple of those manuscripts are actually complete. Shhh.)

Oh, and I forgot to mention that I have a “vampire” story kicking around in my head for one of these days. There’s no sparkling here, unless it’s light reflecting on pools of blood. Or guns. Either way.

So, that’s 2011 and a sneak peak at 2012. At this point, I’m shooting for a Q1 release for the first book in my dark fantasy trilogy, while I’m also aiming for a Q2 release for book two in the Debate Team series. I can’t predict at this point how likely either of these scenarios are, but it’s what I’m shooting for.

Wish me luck!

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