First off, a couple reminders.

Books are still on sale at the Kalijor Press Book Store through the end of tomorrow, October 5th. Head on over and use coupon code PLUMA (case sensitive) to save 20% on your entire order. This is a great opportunity to pick up holiday gifts or get the books in hard cover for your own collection.

 

 

 

We will be at MileHi Con beginning October 19th, and I will be appearing on several panels, doing a reading, and playing some games with fans/participants. I hope you can come out and see us!

 

Reading: Friday, October 19 @ 8pm in Mesa Verde A

What’s New in Gaming: Saturday, October 20 @ 10am in Wind River B

eBooks & Self Publishing: Saturday, October 20 @ 2pm in Mesa Verde A

Future of the Tablet: Sunday, October 21 @ 10am in Mesa Verde A

Playing With Participants: Sunday, October 21 @ 2pm in the Atrium

Venue info:

Hyatt Regency Hotel – Tech Center 7800 E. Tufts Ave. Denver, CO

 

 

Now onto the REALLY good stuff!

 

 

So, the rough draft of the Fifth key is done. I’ve handed it off to my editor and am awaiting feedback so I can get into revising and cleaning it up for test readers. At this point we are well on schedule for an April release. The final word count, pre-editing is 147,700(ish), which is about 50,000 more than the average for all of the first four books.

 

I know I mention word count a lot and I don’t mean to dwell on it, but it is just kind of impressive to me that so much can be produced in so little time (about 97,000 in the past 40 days). Now we will see how many of them are of value to the story. A typical editing cycle will change the word count by 10-20% (in either direction, but usually bringing it down). We’ll see, but I for one, am very glad to have the story out of my head. It took a couple unexpected turns toward the end, and a couple things that I felt pretty strongly about all along did not come to pass. They just didn’t seem to fit any longer once I got to that point in the story so I let organic growth take hold.

 

That said, I am pretty happy with the overall outcome of things. I have my doubts about a couple scenes/chapters, but we’ll see what happens during editing and review. Suffice to say that both the future, and Kalijor, were irrevocably changed by the outcome of the story. There was some sad, a lot of happy (by the time it was over), and a few things happened that will allow for future stories, with different characters. I’m not saying I’ll never write for these characters again, but I know for a fact I have a lot of stories for other characters that need telling!

 

So, what’s next? Well, while editing and revisions proceed on the Fifth Key, I am going to turn my attention to the Art book, and the RPG. I think the art book will come together pretty quickly, but I need to spend some time collaborating with David doing layout and text around his amazing images. As for the RPG, well the mechanics seem to be working pretty well at this point. There are still some tweaks to be made, but it feels like the major mechanics are pretty solid. My next steps are to go through the book and fill out the prose sections, skill descriptions, and so forth. I need to change the spell system to bring it in line with the rest of the abilities and skills, and add a bunch of content such as equipment and utilities. There is a ton of work to do, but much of it is going to go pretty quickly. I am still hopeful that we can get the book into print by this coming summer but again, it will not be rushed. If it isn’t ready, it won’t go to press.

 

Around those projects, I have already started rewriting the story for next year’s event book, and the cover artwork has been assigned and is looking amazing! Once that is finished and ready for press, I will begin editing/revising the next Kalijor novel, which will be Daray’s origin story. The book is already written, but it needs a lot of tweaking to bring it in line with the finalized timeline for the main story arc. It probably needs a few more tweaks and changes as well, but I think it is in very good shape to be pulled together in the next 6-8 months without too much difficulty, even around everything else that is going on.

 

I know I’ve said this before, but I will say it again here, the next 10-12 books in the Kalijor universe are already written! They need tweaking and refining, to be sure, but there should be no trouble releasing a new novel every 6-12 months for the next few years! All of the characters that have passed through the main story arc will be receiving some of their own ‘screen time’ as it were, and I am very excited to share more of the world with you, the readers.

 

I also have plans to write a couple of other books using characters that have never been seen before, one involving deep space travel away from the rest of the Kalijor universe, and one involves a band of gypsy performers/pirates (these stories are still forming, so they will be a while in the making, but they are coming along). Additionally, I have several writing projects that have been co-written by friends of mine that we will be working hard at cleaning up and making presentable, so if you would like to see what happens in my mind outside of Kalijor, there could be opportunity for that in the not too distant future as well. J

 

Okay, I think that’s enough rambling from me, so I’m going to go veg for a bit. I hope you are all having an amazing day and I look forward to hanging out with you at the con!

 

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Paul