Monday, February 25

Ord Progress and Cover Snafu

Hello all who are keeping up!

Wanted to provide a quick status report. Book II of the Traveler of Ord is progressing well. I've just finished chapter three and chapter five is written already...even though I don't have a chapter four yet. I actually decided to shorten the prologue and use the latter half of it as chapter five instead. Prologues should be short in my opinion, and the way I had it setup it was just too long. Marie and company have just run afoul of something nasty -- I'll leave it at that for now :)

Also, for anybody who has been wondering, the paperback version of TGL has been unavailable on Amazon for awhile now. I'm very sorry about that. After the new cover went to print we noticed two very minor errors that needed to be corrected, and ever since Paul has diligently been trying to figure out why the createspace editor won't justify the margin correctly on anything new we upload, no matter what templates are used! I know there are people out there who have asked, and all I can say is I will let you know as soon as it is resolved by posting here. If anybody would like to be individually contacted, just let me know and I will do so. Kudos to Paul Beeley for his diligence!!

The journeys of the traveler continue on!


Friday, February 22

TGL's Sequel Continues On...

9000 words later, and it's on with chapter 2. Already, Tessa and Marie have deviated from what I'd intially planned for them and introduced a whole new character in so doing. They seem to know what to do next better than I do myself, as they created a great scene that I was able to really get back into the story with. Chapter 2 promises some good action, but we'll have to see if the cast agrees with me!


Wednesday, February 20

Breaking Ground (and leaving dawn alone)

The planning and review stages are complete -- 3000 words in, and The Traveler of Ord Book II is underway!

Originally I thought I would painstakingly mull over book one with a fine-toothed comb to ensure with absolute certainty that everything continues to flow well, but I realized a few things. One, I've already read The Goldenwealth Light a million times (sort of obligatory when you're in the pre-publication polishing stage of your own book), and two, I just don't want to wait anymore. So I plan to continue the saga the same way I started it. I'll set the scene and get them started, but it's on the characters to tell me what they plan to do next.

Sorry that I can't share a title for volume II yet, but titles are usually the last thing I decide on after I've completed a manuscript. For now, it's on the drawing board as "ord_2.doc". Stay tuned for updates!


Tuesday, February 12

Butterfly in the sky, can go twice as high!

Hello all,

I had a moment of nostalgia recently (as I am wont to do -- I'm a sucker for nostalgia), and I remembered something from my youth that's still with us today, standing strong against the test of time. I speak of none other than Reading Rainbow.

For most of us, our love of reading is something that's developed over time. Those of us who write -- no matter our skill level, our audience, or really any other factor, probably derived this love in turn from a love of reading. And where did that love start? Probably when we were children. It certainly did for me.

I wasn't even old enough to read when Reading Rainbow first aired (back in the days before the GC rendered opening sequence), and when I think back on the fact that it is still very much alive and well in one form or another, I can't help but feel a bit humbled. Programs like Reading Rainbow simply wouldn't survive long if not for support from -- and forgive me for the direct quote -- "viewers like you". No matter what technology has brought forth, no matter how early in our lives we are being exposed to popular entertainment or learning to use computers, I get that warm feeling when I realize that kids out there are still reading, and the rest of us still find enough value in the written word to ensure it remains part of the lives of "the next generation" (yes, yes, I had to include that phrase somewhere).

I also don't think Reading Rainbow would have the legacy it does if not for LeVar Burton. Yes, those of you who know me should be well aware what a huge trekkie I am, and of course that I am a fan of LeVar's work in that series. But before TNG, through it, and after it, Reading Rainbow was always there. I salute LeVar's contributions to society, whether he was teaching me about a new book to get excited over, instilling in me a "Starfleet" sense of personal integrity, or influencing my sense of multicultural equality through the character of Kunta Kinte.

Unless I miss my guess, the original TV series of Reading Rainbow should be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. So take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow!

But you don't have to take MY word for it...


Friday, February 8

TGL Feature on Readful Things

The Goldenwealth Light has been featured on Readful Things, Ionia Martin's literary review blog. The feature includes Ionia's review of the book, and an extensive interview with the author.

Check it out here!


Thursday, February 7

TGL on Pinterest

The Goldenwealth Light's Pinterest board has been updated with all the new cover images and renders. If you're an artist of any skill level, or even just fancy yourself one, all are welcome to contribute to the board. Got some idea of how you think a particular character, creature, or place in the world of Ord should look? Share it here!


Tuesday, February 5

The new cover is here!

The Goldenwealth Light's new cover is complete! Many thanks to Paul Beeley of Create Imaginations, without whose talent the exceptional work featured below would not have been possible.

Be sure to thank Paul if you run into him on his website, or on Goodreads.com!

TGL Full Cover


Monday, February 4

Cover Update

The Goldenwealth Light's new cover is nearing completion. The images for the front and back covers are complete, leaving only the font and finer details to work on. I must say, Paul is doing a fantastic job! Expect to find Theo, Marie, an escarot, and the Gossamer City all featured on the new design!