Yes, I know, I suck at updating my blog lately. I do. I’ve been a shameful sort of blogger the last month and a half, but I defend myself by pointing out that the only reason anyone ever strolls by my blog is to find out about my books or to be amused by some very low-quality drawings of myself doing something absurd or embarrassing. The latter is down a few paragraphs, and for the former, I can say that the dip in blog production (and book review production) has come upon the rise of book production instead. As evidence, I present the fact that, while my editor, Joyce, has been scouring the pages of Rift in the Races, freeing it from as many typos and grammatical ineptitudes as possible, I have been furiously working on the third book of the series, which will be titled Hostiles. And guess what… it’s almost done, at least the first draft is.
As of today at 3:00 P.M., Hostiles is 126,635 words in length (470 pages), and I estimate I’ve got about six chapters left or so to finish it off, which will put the draft length somewhere around 530 pages. I typically add 5 pages per 100 through revisions, so it will probably end up at 560 pages when done, which is just barely longer than book one, The Galactic Mage. What I wrote today was essentially the final climax of the book (and the opening trilogy), and what I have left to finish in the book is to tidy up loose ends and get you all prepped for the next trilogy in the series.
Now, I know this is not exactly the sort of news that people waiting for Rift in the Races to come out are hoping to hear, as I know people want RitR NOW! However, RitR is almost ready, so, the wait draws near its end. Here’s why the glass is half full on this long wait:
Besides being nearly over, and while the wait between TGM and RitR has been long, the wait between RitR and Hostiles will be very short. It’s even possible that it might be out as early as April, though I am promising no such thing. (I’ve learned my lesson about setting deadlines for myself. I need to give the long end of the possible, not what seems reasonable at the start.) I do think it is very reasonable to say it will be out by May or June, so the claim of “Summer, 2013” is perfectly reasonable to make.
I’m soooo happy with it too. I feel like it’s really good, although, obviously, we’ll have to wait and see what readers have to say (and I hope they do say something, especially on Amazon; those reviews mean a lot these days). For those of you who follow The Galactic Mage series page on Facebook, you saw my post yesterday about how I felt like I had just written the best chapter I have ever produced, and today, with 24 hours of emotional distance, I stand by that still. I’m super stoked. I was so jazzed when I was done, my shirt collar wet from the tears that ran and ran and ran as I wrote, my hands shaking, charged with so much release of emotions and energy. It was awesome. It was the absolute high of writing that keeps me going all the time, the hope of that happening. I guess it’s the writer’s equivalent to a runner’s high, not that a beer-swilling cheese eater like me would know about that from personal experience. A runner’s hi for me consists of my greeting the paramedics who come after I have tried to run—but, hey, just thinking it inspires a low-quality drawing of myself doing something absurd or embarrassing, which some may have come here hoping to find:
Anyway, I felt a post was long overdue, and this is definitely the longer version of the update I put up on the RitR bookstore page the other day. Rift in the Races is almost here. I’ll get the last pages back from Joyce probably on Monday. I will go through them and go through the whole thing over the next week or so, and then get a print file made. I’ll get proof copies printed and sent to me, I will hand them out to my proofreaders, and then, it’s all about updating the final file. I’d like to say that could be by December 10th or so, but that might be optimistic. I’ll just be happy if I can have it out a few days before Christmas still given how big a story it became. But, we’re close, no matter what.
Additionally, since we are close, I’ll finally be able to sneak-peek the book trailer video and the full cover art to everyone pretty soon. I’ll start leaking cover images again once I have the book print files made and proofreading underway.
I’m very happy with how this trilogy came out. I really hope everyone likes it as much as I do, and I’ll be super grateful for those who stuck it out all this time while I worked on RitR. The reader emails I get and the occasional Amazon review really do help me keep the focus through the long days, tendinitis and aching carpals. I think the series is just so charged with fun and fantasy and science fiction action that, well… I just love it and am really excited to share it with everyone. So, Rift in the Races is coming super soon, and Hostiles will be right on its heels: a combined 1500 hundred pages of epic fantasy and galactic adventure!
So, April then? Sweet! No pressure, but if it is not April, you are totally responsible for any and all lack of happiness I happen to feel about, well, anything. Ok, that might be me giving you crap.
April for book three is possible, lol. If you feel unhappiness during some extension thereof, I suggest you brew some awesomesauce, high-caliber beer and nurse yourself to happy again. 🙂 If you brew too much, I will help you trim the excess, out of kindness and generosity, obviously, not out of some kind of dependence or whatever they try to pin on us.
Okay…so what I’m taking from this post is that you’ll eat sometime in April after you finish your runner’s marathon?
Congrats, man! Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Oh, I get plenty of eating in. 🙂 Cereal in a bottle and all that rot.
How much will it cost? Can I get a discount? Will we be able to pre-order? Do you love me? Tell Lori I said HI!
Discount? Hah! You’re paying double. And I don’t have a way to set pre-orders. Amazon only does that for the big houses.
Holy cow. Hostiles is already pretty much written. That is amazingly fast. But most importantly, I am going to get to read this whole series now! Woo!
Now its just a waiting game.
This post really made me really happy so I’m going to contain myself and just say “Congratulations!” and I can’t wait to read the book. I’ll go crazy with excitement the day the book is on my tablet. Yeah, that sounds like a plan. Good work again on the heroic writing effort it seems like you have put in over the past month or more.
P.S. I have this blog hooked up to my rss feed but my reader is playing up. That is why I am a week late reading this.
Thanks Robert. I hope you know how totally awesome having you show up and be so supportive is. Sometimes the work gets long and, well, you know how creative art stuff is, I start freaking that everyone will hate it no matter how much I like it, and have these little lapses and stuff. And then I get nice posts like you always leave and it’s such a lift. So, thanks.
And yeah, waiting game. I’ve actually finished Hostiles v1.0, and am 520 pages through editor’s notes on RitR. It’s taking me about 10 hours a day to get through 100 pages, so, probably Thursday I’ll be done. Because I AM done with Hostiles, and because I’m already late anyway with RitR, I’m going to go through RitR again and do some fun little touches to sweeten both books even more. I’m so happy with them. I really hope you enjoy them too and that the wait was worth it. Thanks again for being so supportive. You might not think it’s a big deal, but it is.
I want you to know that I did read this at the time and that I liked absolutely everything that I read. To be honest with you, I am more than happy to be supportive of anything that I believe should make it out there. This is one of those.
“I’m going to go through RitR again and do some fun little touches to sweeten both books even more.” And I cannot like this statement enough. Those little touches are what really make good quality stories that you can sink into.
I posted on the other blog post, that contains my new thoughts better than this one.
Looking forward to this Christmas so very very much.
Thanks Robert. And I saw that other post. I’m still LOLing at that WTF picture you linked. Gonna send it to some coder friends.