I’ve said I’m working on book 2 of Ancient Dreams, titled Spells of Old. I’m currently approximately 18,000 words into the story, and I’m uncertain how far the story will go for this one. Ancient Ruins, for a sense of perspective, ended up at approximately 119,000 words using the same word processor.
I do anticipate that Spells of Old will end up longer than Ancient Ruins is. How much longer is up in the air, but I’m working on several large plot threads at once. As they tie together it’ll grow more concise, but there is a lot going on this book, and timing revelations can be difficult.
My personal goal is to finish Halls of Power by the end of 2017. I don’t know if I’ll succeed, but I’m going to do my best. I want the storyline of Sistina, Phynis, and the others to be wrapped up in a relatively satisfying ending that readers don’t have to wait forever for. I’ve gotten sick of that on a personal basis, as I read a lot.
This is not to say that I can’t write more stories for these characters. It’s possible that inspiration will strike me and I’ll end up writing half a dozen other novels for them, or that I will write more in the world they live in. But that’s for the future. For now, I’m going to write my series and hope people enjoy it.
Oh, and as an aside, I’ve been working on fixing spelling errors that my wife has spotted in my source copy of the book. I will update it in a month or so.