General News & Notes

Happy New Year 2007

January 15, 2007

The following is a long overdue progress report from Eldon:

"Happy New Year, all! Can a guy still say that two weeks into the month of January? If not, well then, let me wish you a special Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, instead.

I know it's been rather quiet over here lately, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot going on. It's just that all the stuff I really want to mention, I can't talk about yet. Such is life.

What I can do is answer the most commonly asked question of late, which is: when is Book 3 going to be finished? Well, it is. I finished writing the final scene just a few hours before midnight on New Year's Eve. A momentous occasion? So momentous that I was fast asleep by 10 pm. Spent the next week or so reviewing, and have since shipped the manuscript off for editing. How long that might take is anyone's guess. It's almost exactly the same length as Books 1 and 2, so, lots of words to sift through. If editors were awarded medals, mine would have a vest full of them already.

I am glad to be finished with that first step, though. It's been a long, up-and-down year, both in terms of the book and other projects. Of course, I tend to keep a pretty even keel through the highs and the lows. You'll seldom find me pouting, and my celebrations are about as exciting as... well, I mentioned my magical New Year's, right?

As for what's next, I simply don't know just yet. I've got a number of things sitting here on my plate, and I'm not quite sure which I want to sink my teeth into. I'm hoping to spend the next few weeks catching up on a year's worth of neglect in other areas, such as family and friends. Hopefully, inspiration will strike somewhere along the way. In the meantime, any and all requests or suggestions are welcome.

So, that's where things stand on my end. It's quite the glamorous life most of us writers lead. We work and we work to complete a story, and, the moment it's finished, we start getting edgy about starting the next one. As tedious as it can be to sit in front of the computer day in and day out, toiling for hours to produce just a handful of pages, I for one get to feeling restless pretty darn quick whenever there's a break in the action. At the same time, I don't want to rush blindly into another story commitment. Boo hoo, right?

In any case, I hope to have news that is somewhat more exciting in the near future, and will share it when I can. Until then, I hope everyone's 2007 started off with a bang, and that the coming months will bring many pleasant surprises. Eldon"

There you have it. I feel we should also mention that the publication date for The Divine Talisman is, as of now, uncertain. Eldon was several months behind deadline in turning this final volume in, and has been told that the publisher's release schedule for 2007 is already filled. There's a good chance, then, that we may not actually see the book released until 2008. Obviously, any concrete information we receive will be posted here as soon as possible.

Oh, and be on the lookout for the paperback release of The Obsidian Key, for which we have posted a preview.

Have a great year, everyone!


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