Welcome!

Looks like I’ve got a few new readers! I’d like to welcome you all to the blog, as well as give everyone some information and updates on what I’ve been working on.

Different Series, Same Universe

For those of you who aren’t already aware, I’m currently working on two main series.

The first is the War of Broken Mirrors, an epic fantasy series starting with Forging Divinity.

The second series  is Arcane Ascension, a JRPG-inspired magical academy/dungeon crawling series starting with Sufficiently Advanced Magic.

These series take place in the same universe, but I’ve been deliberately vague about how they’re connected…for now. There are already some significant hints in Sufficiently Advanced Magic about how they relate to each other, and you’ll be seeing more of them in the next books for each series.

They will eventually cross over more directly, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise about when or how.

Status Report

I’m currently focusing most of my efforts on Defying Destiny, the third book in the War of Broken Mirrors series. I recently reworked the outline, and the new version of the outline is completed. I’ve just recently started writing in earnest, and I’m currently about two chapters in (out of a projected 30 chapters). I’m hoping to have the first draft done by around June, roughly corresponding with my original planned release. I think it’s more likely the book will actually hit the market around July to August, unless I can pick up speed (which is possible).

While I’m working on that, I’m also outlining the sequel to Sufficiently Advanced Magic, and I’ve started a bit of the pre-writing for it as well. I have a tremendous number of events that I’m already planning to cover in the second book, including several things that were heavily foreshadowed in the first book. I won’t say more right now to avoid spoiling the first book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

I’m currently targeting the beginning of 2018 for the sequel, but I’ll try to get it ready earlier if it’s possible to do that without sacrificing any quality.

I have two other side projects that are lower priorities. They’re both “hard” LitRPGs, for those of you who are familiar with that genre. In both cases, I intend to make the protagonists members of the gaming industry, which I think will be a fun twist on the usual tropes of the genre.

I also have a short story about a geriatric dark lord who is dealing with summoned heroes showing up and ruining things; this may or may not turn into a full novel at some point.

Thanks for reading, hope you’re all having a great weekend!

9 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Ok, this is kind of nit-picky, but unless something really weird is going on with the physics in your universe, Orden and Corin should have floated when they hit the acid, barriers or not. They still displace more mass than they weigh, unless the acid is significantly less dense than water.
    Do I win the No-Prize?

    1. Adarsh, that’s a fantastic comment.

      You’re right; they probably should have floated if no other factors are in play. Since the acid was designed as a trap, it’s plausible that there’s other magic in play to pull people down – but I think it’s safer to assume that they actually *would* have floated back up to the surface on their own eventually.

      It just might not have been fast enough to prevent them from burning to death, and they might not have been in a good position to pull themselves back onto the bridge.

      Anyway, great catch. =D

      -Andrew

  2. The magic systems of the War of Broken Mirrors has lead to a few hours of debate at my work. And I’ve bugged you with enough questions about the Soulblade. Needless to say I’m very exited about these new books.

      1. Hello Andrew, I am reading Sufficiently Advanced Magic on my kindle and am trying to find the paperback edition for my husband and kids. Have you released a hard copy addition yet?
        Thank you, Tina

  3. On Sufficiently Advanced Magic: I enjoyed Sufficiently Advanced magic a lot. It reminded me of Legend of the Magi and Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no was Machigatteiru Darou Ka. You did a good job of blocking your action scenes and the book moved along at a fast pace. I kept thinking that you were going to spend twenty pages explaining the magic system, but you kept the descriptions short and plot oriented. The unique magic system and its descriptions were used to enhance the story instead of giving an info dump. Additionally I expected you to make the protagonist try to do everything himself basically like an RPG, but all of the supporting characters had motivations even if they were all a bit stereotypical (e.g. weird country accent from farm girl). Furthermore the support characters didn’t serve a role of constantly telling the protagonist how awesome he was, but instead challenged him and contributed to the story in unique ways.

    The romance parts of the novel were the least interesting parts because they were peripheral to the plot and seemed almost tacked on. I thought that you felt that there “should” be romance in the story so you just added it. For instance Jin’s “betrayal” of Corrin reads differently if they care deeply about each, and it seemed like you were going for that by putting them in a relationship, but that was never really developed so it read more like they were both standing up for what they believe in regardless of how the other person felt. And it didn’t really matter that they kind of liked romantically. One of my favorite things that you did in this book was not make the villains stupidly evil. They don’t murder children and puppies because you know they feel like it. There are good things about them and they try to act rationally for the most part.

    On LitRPGs: One of the things I don’t like the LitRPG genre is that the leveling up, quests, and npc seem to get in the way of the story telling. Authors will spend three pages describing character stats, and there is no ingenuity or cleverness to the characters in solving their problems. Having other characters that aren’t real characters can take away from the whole point of the story, which is to read about thinking and feeling beings interacting. I am sure that a good litRPG can be written; I just think that the genre is probably more difficult to write well in than others. I will be interested to see what your take on the genre is.

    On Writing Priorities: I am surprised that you aren’t focusing on your best selling series. Author’s sometimes shuffle around what they write depending on what sells best. Did you decide beforehand the order you write different novels?

    1. Hey John,

      Thanks for the detailed reply!

      I’m not familiar with Legend of the Magi – is that also called Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic/Magi: The Kingdom of Magic? I’ve watched some of that, and I can see some similarities.

      Definitely see the similarities to Danmachi – that’s probably one of the closest settings to my own. I’m distinctly lacking in harems, though. =D

      I’m glad you didn’t find the magic system stuff to be too much of an info dump. I know the classes were too much for some people, but I love the idea of learning magic in a classroom environment. It’s strange to me that so few magical school stories include that kind of thing in detail. (Mother of Learning is another example that worked well for me.)

      You’re absolutely right about the side characters being archetypes. I did that deliberately; I tend to find characters that use an archetype at their base to be easy to understand, then I flesh them out further over time. I also enjoy tweaking some traditional tropes. Marissa’s role is, for example, very close to what would be the more traditionally male “farm boy hero” character.

      I’m sorry the romance felt tacked on. It was pre-planned from the beginning, and I did try to sew the seeds of interest between Corin and Jin throughout the book, but it’s not the main focus of the story. They both had more important things going on, after all.

      I’m glad you liked the antagonists. I tend to prefer antagonists/villains that could easily be right and the protagonist could be the one in the wrong. I think that worked for most people in this book, so I feel that was one of my biggest successes.

      I tend to prefer LitRPGs that just treat the leveling and game mechanics as the magic system and let people try to learn, explore, and exploit that system. I also enjoy it when the system presents mysteries and dangers. “I’m a Spider, So What?” is probably my favorite current example.

      In terms of my writing order, I’d promised my readers Book 3 of my War of Broken Mirrors series before I’d published Sufficiently Advanced Magic, so I feel obligated to work on it even if my Arcane Ascension series is (much) more successful. I’ve considered changing my schedule because of the huge difference in sales – that would be the wise move from an economic perspective – but I don’t want to leave my existing readers waiting for a sequel forever.

      After Book 3 in War of Broken Mirrors, I may focus on Arcane Ascension as my “primary” series; it’ll depend on how things are looking at the time.

  4. Hello, I just saw your book, “Sufficiently Advanced Magic” on Amazon, and would like to speak with you about it via private message. The book seems really interesting straight from the sample, and I plan to purchase it shortly after I finish posting this.

    I will place my own E-Mail here so you can get in contact with me if you are interested; I didn’t see an E-Mail address posted on your author page on Amazon, so I figured you would rather keep that bit of information more private.

    Here it is:

    goff.conner@gmail.com

    I look forward to speaking with you – I have a feeling you’ll like what I have to say.

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