I seem to be continuing the trend of blog updates at random times! As usual life has been very busy but I’m glad to report, in all the right ways.
Deborah and I enjoyed a wonderful time away in the great city of
for a week in April. Having returned, we
now hope to be moving into our new house in May and are making preparations for
Before leaving for
I printed out all 250 pages of ‘Haldred Chronicles: Shade’. Those 250 pages are the official, 96%
completed 1st draft. The first 6
chapters have been proofed by many of my proof readers, and then passed to my
family for a final check over and story suggestions. Once armed with these completed and checked
over 6 chapters, I will then modify and update the rest of the book to 2nd
draft standard, taking on board any comments on structure, flow etc.
After that, it will just be a case of finalizing and the book will be finished!
At the same time, my fantastic illustrator Mat has once again really delivered the goods on the book’s cover art. I hope to post up some of the fantastic prep-work he’s been doing for this latest project and I’m really looking forward to premiering the book cover art once the time comes.
As regards a final publication date, that I don’t know. Whilst a huge amount of work has been done over the last few months, the book it still not finished and with a house move coming out, I don’t want to set a definite date. Instead, I’m going to grab whatever free time I can to complete things and only publish once it’s done. Rest assured, once I’m in the ‘definitely finalized’ stage I will be shouting such news from the rooftops!
Some definite details about the latest book I can confirm now. It will be my biggest work to date. The 1st draft is already 62,000 words and set to grow as I update and edit chapters and scenes. In turn, it is also my most complex and detailed plot. I hope this serves as an encouragement as apposed to a discouragement to my readers; I have thoroughly enjoyed writing so many twists and turns; I hope this comes through in the story.
So I’ll keep writing and all being well, the next update to this blog will be to confirm the book is ready!
Until next time
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