Here are some recent status updates.
The audio book version of On the Shoulders of Titans is currently being recorded, to the best of my understanding. I still don’t have a release date, but since it’s in progress, I’m hoping it should be done soon.
Next, project updates.
Defying Destiny continues to be a significant challenge for me to work on. I’m just not as engaged in that particular writing style as I used to be, but I’m not giving up on it, either. I’d put my progress at somewhere around 55% to 60% on the first draft, but the length could vary significantly depending on if I choose to include or exclude certain scenes.
I’ve been working on Six Sacred Swords, the Keras spin-off for Arcane Ascension, on days where I’m having trouble focusing on Defying Destiny. This is going much, much more smoothly. I’m also leaning toward ending this book earlier than I’d originally expected and splitting the content I’d planned for it into two or three books, each of which will be much shorter than a standard Arcane Ascension novel (more like the length of one of Will Wight’s books or Forging Divinity). If I choose to go that route, I expect this book will be done relatively quickly after Defying Destiny, or possibly even sooner. If I do end up finishing it first, I’m going to hold off on releasing it until after Defying Destiny to avoid making some story spoilers, but there’s a chance they could end up coming out pretty close together (e.g. within a month or two of each other).
Ideally, I’d love to get both of these books out in the first few months of next year, but it’s highly probable they could end up being pushed back a couple more months for editing time.
I’ve also started my prep work on Arcane Ascension Book 3 in earnest. I’ve been making notes for quite a while, but I’ve actually started writing the first few scenes now, as well as working on more detailed outlining.
My current plan is to write AA book 3 directly after I finish with Defying Destiny and Six Sacred Swords. I’ve been finding it very useful to work on two books at the same time, so there’s a good chance I’ll either work on a second Keras spin-off or another book simultaneously with AA Book 3.
I have several other books to work on, including a few LitRPGs, as well as some books to explore other parts of the Arcane Ascension/Broken Mirrors universe (e.g. more continents, other time periods, etc.) I might throw a superhero novel into the schedule at some point as well.
That’s it for book updates, but I’m planning to make another post of a completely different style soon. I’m going to try to start getting back into writing posts with more design and writing commentary, rather than just updates, because they’re more fun for me to write and (hopefully) more interesting to readers.