Patreon Round-Up: February

Here’s everything you might have missed over on my Patreon this month, neatly divided into tiers and availability.

Open to All (Patrons + non-patrons)

Open to All Patrons*

*Patrons have access to all Aquila’s War chapters 30-33 days before anyone else

Open to Patrons $3+

Coming up next month over there will be lots of Dragonlands stuff as I work furiously on getting Burning Sky ready for its April release. I’ll post here as soon as I have a definite idea of when.

Until then, merry Thursday, everyone!

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Dragonlands Update

Book 5 is done! Broken Ground is finished! Whoo!

Broken Ground, you say? What is Broken Ground? I thought book 5 was called Ice Falls?

Yes, well, the observant amongst you might remember I kept talking about a book called Ice Falls until quite recently. You might also have noticed that the name on the sidebar changed a week or two ago. This is because I always had a scene in my head for the final showdown in this book. I knew where the action was going, I knew how it would finish.

Except I was well over halfway through the book and there was no ice. In fact I was almost breaking the plot to get everyone somewhere icy before I realised that maybe that scene wasn’t going to turn out the way I thought it was and there might not be any actual ice in the book at all.

*headdesk*

So the title changed. Dragonlands book 5 is now called Broken Ground, and I’ve finished it! As always it’s a complete mess (and I really mean it this time), and needs a lot of fleshing out in places and smoothing down in others. It’s a strange book, because it was only ever supposed to be a bridge between what happens in Burning Sky (4) and Setting Sun (6), mostly intended to kill some of the big time gap between the two.

Turns out lots happens in this book, even if it doesn’t involve any ice or kill nearly as much time as I needed it to. Instead this is the book with all the things. Happening. A lot. If you’ve been missing some action in this series, never fear, this book makes up for any action the others might have lacked. It’s… I… nope. Can’t say anything about it because spoilers, spoilers everywhere. But I think it worked out quite well. Sort of. Depending on who you are and how you look at it. Pretty sure most of the characters don’t agree with me, but alas, they’re not in charge.

Which means I’ll probably hate it when I have to edit it. Oh well, that’s a job for another day. Besides, who cares about book 5? You need book 4 first.

Speaking of… I will now be turning my attention back to Burning Sky. All things being well, it should hopefully come about the end of March/beginning of April. I’ll be doing a quick read through this week, after which I should have a better idea of how much work it’s going to take to bring it up to scratch. I’ll have a more accurate release date for you after that.

But it is coming. And you won’t have to wait a year, as you did with the other books.

Once that’s done I’ll be writing Setting Sun, and depending on how well that goes Broken Ground should come out Sept/Oct time. If everything stays on track and nothing major happens in the meantime to throw it all off. Which… yeah, probably will, because this is me and longterm plans are made to be smashed up into itty-bitty unpick-upable pieces. But for now things are nicely on track.

Merry Monday, everyone!

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5 Years Here

I can’t believe today is my fifth anniversary of joining WordPress. I vaguely knew that it was coming up this month, but I wasn’t exactly sure until I got a little notification about it earlier.

Aw, happy birthday, little blog.

It’s also five years since I self-published my first book (Orion’s Kiss), or as near as makes no nevermind. I had hoped to have a few things planned to celebrate, but I’m up to my eyebrows in writing at the moment so it’ll have to wait until this book is done. I think I only have a handful of chapters to go, though, so hopefully I can come up with something soon.

Don’t get too excited, Aekhartain fans. I don’t think Shaiel and Co are about to make a surprise appearance. Although with that lot, who can say? Especially as I just said they wouldn’t, contrary so and sos, but I think they’re all too entertained watching me wrestle a bear-dragon-thing right now to interrupt. After that the bets are off. But I’ll probably just join Twitter (finally) and bore everyone with my random disconnected writing thoughts instead.

Like: Aw, friends… Argh, it’s a BEAR!
That’s not a bear! We’ll fight it anyway.

No! Don’t touch the water!

Biiiiiiiiiiiig trouble. Starshine Surprise!

(Sample of my writing notes, because the next few chapters are going to be… interesting.)

Then again, I am supposed to be editing Burning Sky next, so I’ll probably go mad coming up with other stuff to do instead. (Ah, procrastination. What could I get done without you?)

Until then, I hope you’re doing well, my lovelies! And if you want some sort of update about what’s going on with me and my Patreon plans, I have a post all about it you can read over there right now.

Merry Wednesday, all!

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Patreon Round-Up Dec + Jan

In my typically organised fashion, I’ve fallen behind on a few things here and there. A lot of that is because I’m busy writing Dragonlands 5 (66K and counting), but I’ll talk about that some other day.

For now, here’s what you might have missed over on my Patreon these last two months.

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Reindog Games

Xmas Wishes

Christmas is coming! Time to deck the paws and ready the reindogs.

Xmas Rowan Reindeer 2

But some were not born to become reindogs…

(help me)

Xmas Fail 01

(Hahaha! Try sticking it on my head now, human.)

Others find it tedious…

Xmas Yawn

But a special few were born to be reindog beautiful.

Xmas Mushu

Happy Yule! Merry Christmas! Solstice Celebrations!
Happy Holidays!

However you choose to spend the festive season,
I wish you joy, health and happiness, and all good things.
From my heart to yours.
Thank you.

Xmas kiss

Here’s to a fabulous 2019!

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Patreon Round-Up November

Last month my Patreon had a couple of themes running, you either had new Aquila’s War chapters or a running tally of my NaNo projects. All of the latter are public, while some of the AW chapters have now opened up too. The rest will be unlocked 28 days from posting. Alas, I didn’t really have time for anything else.

Anyway, here’s what you might have missed since my round-up post last month.

(All posts marked * are open for everyone to read. The rest are for patrons only.)

And that’s just about enough of that for now.

Merry Thursday, all!

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Aquila’s War Character List

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Better late than never, right?

Here’s the list of all the characters in this book to help you keep track. It contains all the named characters in alphabetical order and will be updated as I go. It’s only a brief summary of each person, so if there’s more you’d like to see/know, or I’ve missed someone, let me know and I’ll see what I can do (as long as it doesn’t involve spoilers).

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NaNo 2018 Round Up

December is here, NaNo is over, let’s see what I managed to get done.

NaNoWriMo Goal 1: Complete Burning Sky

Even though I was already nearly halfway through writing this book, the only thing I really wanted to achieve last month was finishing it. And I did!

Day 10. 42,562 words added. Goal achieved.

But I didn’t want to stop there, so I took a day to prepare myself to start the next Dragonlands novel – and promptly jumped into an unrelated novella from a brand new series.

NaNoWriMo Goal 2: Write Thief’s Gamble

The idea of a Foundation of Aquila series has been knocking around the back of my brain for a year or two (someone asked about it on Wattpad), but I hadn’t really pinned anything down yet. Until Keo and Lahera burst into full life and took over NaNo, leaving me with a completed novella and plenty of ideas for the series to follow. This one should (hopefully) be a lot of fun. I really do need to write another Dragonlands novel first, though.

Regardless of my plans or best intentions, I finished it. And for once an attempted novella stayed an actual novella. I am all astonishment!

Day 20. 25,028 words later. Goal achieved.

Two things down and I still had nine days left. I guess that meant I could finally crack on with that Dragonlands novel.

Wrong.

NaNoWriMo Goal 3: Finish Aftermath

I fully intended to make a start on Ice Falls, I swear I did, but to be honest the last nine days of NaNo weren’t great for me. Mostly because of fatigue issues. I also don’t really have a feel for where this book is supposed to start, so I need to go back and look at the end of Burning Sky before I tackle it.

Anyway, my head was so desperate not to start Ice Falls it seized on Aftermath instead. This is an entirely self-indulgent, overblown epilogue novella for the Wingborn series, which ties up some of the romances and side characters and little things that I didn’t really have room for in the main books. It was supposed to be short and sweet and full of warm fuzziness. I originally dove straight into it after finishing Wingborn 6, but I stalled after a while and it became yet another thing I’ve struggled to finish this year.

However, NaNo was going well, so I thought, why not? Give it a go. The worst that can happen is I’ll get stuck precisely where I’ve been stuck all year.

Day 30. 19,947 words added. Goal achieved!

Three stories finished. 86,340 words written in total. Two major albatrosses released back into the wild. I can’t believe how well that went.

Although, if I look back at my daily tallies, it could have gone a little better. There were 13 days when I didn’t write a single word, and even my biggest daily haul (9135 words) is a bit below my best. I didn’t experience my usual rush of momentum where I write more and more and more as the month goes on, but that’s probably because I’m used to focusing on one project from start to finish, not jumping in halfway and finishing several things along the way.

So perhaps I could have written more, but looking back I am more than happy with how I did. Burning Sky is finally finished! A pair of new characters have established themselves in a whole new series and I’m excited to get back to them and let their story unfold. I’m also relieved that Aftermath is done, even though I acknowledge it’s no longer a novella, bonus or otherwise. But I knew that after it passed 30K, I was just living in denial. Still, it’s done, yay! And I’ll figure out what to do with it later.

For now, thanks NaNo! I don’t know why the mere thought of the challenge can break through blockages that have frustrated me all year, I’m just glad that it did. November is done. Thanks for the word count, but now it’s time to move on.

To all my fellow NaNoers, I hope you enjoyed your month and had fun with all your words. Here’s to you all! And I’ll see you again next year.

Merry December, everyone!

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NaNoWriMo Week 3

On and on and on it goes, where the words stop nobody knows!

More snippets below, but fewer Patreon links because I’ve not been keeping up on my updates.

DAY FIFTEEN

It was an expression Lahera hadn’t seen in a while. She hadn’t realised how much she’d missed it until she saw it again, half-lit by fire, half-lit by lightning. That was her human, mischievous and confident. A thief to her bones.

Lahera, Thief’s Gamble Chapter 6

Day Total: 5435 words
NaNo Total: 54,251 words
Book Total: 11,689 words

DAY SIXTEEN
Nothing. I have no excuse, it just… didn’t happen.

DAY SEVENTEEN

Gods, she was so glad she wasn’t born human. Imagine having to walk all the time? What a terrible way to live.

Lahera, Thief’s Gamble Chapter 8

Day Total: 3570 words
NaNo Total: 57,821 words
Book Total: 15,259 words

DAY EIGHTEEN
Nothing. Again.

DAY NINETEEN

Very intimidating. So scary. Fear her!

Lahera, Thief’s Gamble Chapter 11

Day Total: 5180 words
NaNo Total: 63,001 words
Book Total: 20,439 words

DAY TWENTY

“We,” Lahera said slowly, “may have made a mistake coming here.”

Lahera, Thief’s Gamble Chapter 15

Day Total: 4589 words
NaNo Total: 67,590 words
Book Total: 25,028 words

Novella complete! I wasn’t expecting to write it and I certainly wasn’t expecting to finish it, but yay anyway. Which leaves me one final week to start something else. I love it when a NaNo plan takes off and runs away on its own.

So that’s my recent NaNo progress. Here’s hoping any fellow NaNoers out there are having as much fun as I am.

And to everyone, merry Wednesday!

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NaNoWriMo Week 2

Writing continued apace this week, despite a few days when things were thrown slightly off-track, but it all got quite interesting around the weekend and new projects now loom on the horizon.

Snippets below, no spoilers, along with links to all the Patreon posts where I talk a little more each day.

DAY EIGHT

“Why wouldn’t I want to fix you, Khennik? You’re important.” Litha patted him on the arm again. “Think of all the hard work you do, as a delegate, as an elder. Why, one day you might even change the Overworld.”

Burning Sky Chapter 18

Day Total: 4049 words
NaNo Total: 29,747 words
Book Total: 75,573 words

DAY NINE

“It mattered. It mattered a lot, because Nera desperately needed to know which dragon she could punch for this.”

Nera, Burning Sky Chapter 19

Day Total: 8600 words
NaNo Total: 38,347 words
Book Total: 84,173 words

DAY TEN

Jesral grinned. “Now that is a very clever trick.”

Burning Sky Chapter 22

Day Total: 4215 words
NaNo Total: 42,562 words
Book Total: 88,288 words

I finished Burning Sky! NaNoWriMo GOAL ACHIEVED!

DAY ELEVEN
Zero, zip, zilch.

DAY TWELVE

History, they say, is written by the victors. This is invariably true, but they often forget to mention that it is frequently edited by prudes and fusspots, who take out all the interesting bits.

Thief’s Gamble, Prologue

Day Total: 2173 words
NaNo Total: 44,735 words
Book Total: 2173 words

New book, new characters, new series, old world. It’s an Overworld novella and I’ll talk more about it when I get further into it.

DAY THIRTEEN

“You’re cracked. He’s cracked. I’m cracked!”

Lahera, Thief’s Gamble Chapter 2

Day Total: 4081 words
NaNo Total: 48,816 words
Book Total: 6254 words

And that’s it for the moment, since I haven’t written anything yet today.

Week 2 done, the halfway point approaching, 50K almost reached and I’m onto a second, unplanned project. Ha! This is why I love taking part in NaNo.

Here’s hoping everyone else out there is having as much fun as I am.

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