Fan Fun is ... well FUN! In making progress in Thread Skein I ran into a problem. I had never named a particular technology. My brain was stuck in a loop so I called for help from my readers. Sure enough a lot of great ideas came rolling in, sadly only one can make the cut. If you want to find out what technology this was about, how it is used in the book, and more importantly who came up with the winning name...
Throughout the Golden Thread Books, there are references to the paramilitary organization called the Nhia-Samri. What they actually are varies wildly depending on who you are dealing with. The Duianna Alliance Assembly commissioned this brief to be written by Countess Electra Neyon just after hostilities broke out in 15723.
One of the more interesting elements to deal with in the world of Niya-Yur is the mix of magic and technology. There are many moments in the books where readers wonder, "why didn't they just use <insert thing>?" The answer is because reality is complex and those that live in it plan, think, and act according to what they know.
I put the calculations on army sizes into play. It was pretty difficult to kill off so many people. It is war, and that is not pretty, very rarely is it heroic. The events are starting to spin faster and faster starting to pull the characters together to the climax. Here is a really fun scene snippet from the most current finished chapter, let me know what you think.
In Thread Skein, I'm tossing around casualty numbers like candy. Being me, I stopped to make sure it made sense. In building Niya-Yur, I estimated the world population at roughly just under one billion for all the continents and races. Using real army statistics I worked backwards from Dagger numbers to population totals to be sure I wasn't far off.
Things are progressing steadily. Even though the current chapter is 8,000+ words it was still hard to find a real non-spoiler slice to share. Here is a rather interesting scene from this chapter which I am sure a large number of fans of Ticca and Lebuin getting together will enjoy. Note I'm not committing one way or the other on this subject. Still it is a fun moment for them.
The characters set the tone of any book. The character line up for The Golden Threads Trilogy are a pretty interesting crew, one has to wonder how so many lives could even meet, let alone working together. I've assembled many of the character descriptions, summarized size of each role, explain some of the POV, and even provide pronunciation audio clips.
Rhonia is a continent, a chain of islands, an empire, and the source of some tasty if annoying herbs. Here is the latest sneak peek into book three Thread Skein, in a scene where Illa is left on her own in-between. This sneak peek comes with a map and some background info as a bonus!
How about another update? After a week of being so sick I couldn’t even think to dream, I’m back on the work bandwagon. Managed to add just over 5,000 new words the 3rd book. I’ve also have lots of great stuff rolling down the hill. Here is a sneak peek at the latest new scene for book three, Thread Skein
I’m happy to announce Thread Slivers the audiobook is "done." I thought you might enjoy seeing many of the audio production details. Oh and I'm giving away 10 free audiobooks.
I’ve been feeling a little guilty lately because of how much work is going into the third book. I’d hate for you to think I was in another writers’ block slump (I’m not, in fact I’m churning out about 2,000 words a day right now). So here is a sample from tonight’s work...
Life today has too many distractions, and I just recently uncovered yet another destructive modern distraction – the… dum da dah… PODCAST. Oh yes, believe me, those podcasts are an insidiously destructive evil force upon your ability to work.
Tracking my 500,000 word goal. In my December 11, 2013 newsletter "One Million Words in One Year! You're Nuts" I set the goal of writing 500,000 words in one year. I have many reasons for doing this and a need to track it (mostly for the fun of it)...
I've had a hellish month. I’ve written chunks of the last book, but as some fans have pointed out, the little meter thingy on my website is showing precious little progress. It isn't that I didn't have the time...