Category Archives: Books

Writer’s Block

Many of you might have noticed that there’s been a pretty big gap – comparatively – between books being posted. With June 1 being the scheduled release date for Book 4, that is nearly 5 months between each book, which is quite different than the 2 – 3 months before.

The simple reason is writer’s block. For me, what happens is that I get doubtful about what I’m writing, uncertain of where the story is going or where it should go. Even if I have a rough idea, I find it difficult to keep writing.

In those cases, what happens is that I start procrastinating. Mostly by reading. Which means a lot of LitRPG authors (and some wushia authors) have gotten a bunch of money from me in the last few months 🙂

But it does make me think that sometimes, we try to push out books too fast. I actually have recently had a bit more of a brekathrough on the book, so things have been flowing a lot better. However, if I had pushed it, I think the book itself would have been a lot worse than what it will be.

Sometimes, I think we try to push out books too fast. There are numerous (financial) incentives to keep pushing a book out every month, but I’d rather slowdown a bit and put out a better book.

Also, I actually want to enjoy my life outside of writing 😛

Writing updates and more

Cover Reveal

That’s right! That’s the cover for Book 3. What do you think?

The big hold up was the title, I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to call it. I started with the pedantic ‘Kluane Icefields’ and ended up with this.

Book 3 first draft is done, some beta readers have kindly agreed to finish the book soon so that I get time to edit and send the entire document to the editor on Dec 27.

Overall, I expect we’re good to go for a late January release.

Now what?

As mentioned, I’m taking a hiatus from the Adventures on Brad to write a new series. That’s an urban fantasy litrpg mix, should be fun to play with.

After that, I’ll be back to the System Apocalypse. Book 4 (Book 1 of the new arc) will see a shift in focus. It’ll still be John and crew, but I’ve got a few plans that should make things interesting. I’m actually kind of looking forward to it.

Lastly, since I am unlikely to post again till after the new year.

Merry Christmas! and a Happy New Year

The System Apocalypse Arcs

Had a few questions and comments about the System Apocalypse after Book 2 was released.  One comment I’ve seen is that Book 2 was more of a ‘filler’ book, which seems strange to me. I guess what people are looking for is somewhat different than what I envision(ed). Here’s roughly what I’m working on:

Arc 1 (First Trilogy)

Introduction of the System to Earth and basically takes place in 1 year.

Book 1 basically sets the scene and deals with John’s response to it.  Book 2 is a coming of age for John and a realisation of what he is and what he needs to do. It also continues to play out the changes including the Dungeons and Swarms.

Book 3 has the world shaping up to what it will eventually be with high level zones established, big nasty monsters running around and the conclusion of the Whitehorse arc.

Arc 2 (Second Trilogy)

By the way, everything from this point on is nebulous. I’m a panster not a plotter, so everything I have here is rough ideas.

The three books (and this might easily be more!) in this arc cover Earth. I tenatively have Canada & North America to be dealt with in Book 1 (it might be book 2 for the US actually) so there’ll be timeskips and time compression galore

Book 2 or 3 will cover a wider range of areas and continents. We’ll definitely see what happens in Europe & Asia, and we might see a big timeskip as Earth slowly redefines itself along with humanity.

Arc 3 (Third Trilogy)

This arc basically takes us out of Earth and into the wider Galactic scene. We finally see some of the other worlds that have been hinted at and will basically conclude John’s journey.

A word of caution

Now, I call them trilogy’s because I like writing in 3’s. These arcs are also a bit more malleable since I expect I’ll be time skipping a lot more in Arcs 2 and 3.

Tentatively, what I’ll probably do is write the entire series as best I can in the above arcs and then fill in the blanks later.,   Part of it is that writing the same thing for each city will get repetitive, and if there’s an interesting plot for a city, it might take up a whole book.  Rather than derail the overall arcs, I might hold off on writing that and skip pass to write that plot as an individual ‘stand alone’ book later.

That being said – ‘pantser’. I might have an overall idea of what each scenario / book / theme is going for, but the eventual book is often different from what I planned. Often better too.

Now, before anyone asks.  Book 3 is being written right now. I’m about 15% done. It is VERY unlikely to be out before end of the year since my day job gets very busy during this period.  Expect it maybe February?

Paperback released!

I have just uploaded the paperback version of Life in the North: An Apocalyptic LitRPG.

There won’t be a paperback version of A Healer’s Gift or An Adventurer’s Heart but once I am able to create a box set for that, I’ll create a paperback version.  Since each of those books are only 40-50k each, I figure a full paperback of all 3 would make sense.

The other thing is the cost of producing paperbacks.  Just to get the backcover images, it cost an additional $100.  Now, knowing that each 1,000 eBooks I sell, I (might) sell a single paperback copy, you can see how it would take a VERY long time for covers to be paid back.

Thus, only producing for the System Apocalypse series for now.

An Adventurer’s Heart on Sale and Pre-Orders

Adventurer’s Heart Coverstly,

An Adventurer’s Heart is now on Sale on Amazon and should show up for sale on iBooks, Google Books, Kobo Readers and more very soon.

Read about the continuing adventures of Daniel & Asin as they travel t he lands of Brad as they work to complete a Quest.

 

 

 

 

 

Redeemer of the DeadPre-orders for Redeemer of the Dead is now available on Amazon.

The books is slated to release on November 1, 2017 and will be available for reading on Kindle Unlimited as well.