So, this past week I began going through a compiled file of Ancient Ruins, Spells of Old, and Halls of Power to edit it anew for the Ancient Dreams omnibus. Ignoring the author’s notes and the like, it came in at about 373,000 words, or well over 1,000 pages at even the more optimistic estimates of how many words fit on a page. The Word document I have open is over 670 pages long as well, which is a daunting project. This past week I managed to get through just over 90 pages… which isn’t fast enough. I’m going to have to pick up my pace this week.
Once I complete the editing, and add any sections I decide need to be in it (this is a revised and expanded edition, not just revised), I’m going to be sending it to an editor again. With his other scheduled projects, this means that he’s not going to be able to get the book back to me until the beginning of July, so at a bare minimum the compilation will not be out until mid-July. However, once I’ve got the book done, I can get properly started on Through the Fire.
Now… for a subject I’m somewhat hesitant to talk about, but I want to be honest. I’ve seen a number of people comment on me putting Lilith’s Shadow on the back burner, and I’d rather clear the air where it’s concerned. There are four reasons I’m moving on right now, in the order of their importance to me.
- A year ago next month, I promised to do the current set of stories I had for Lilith’s Shadow, in the order I released Born a Queen, Marin’s Codex, and Down with the Queen, then I was planning to move on to other stories like Through the Fire and Sisters of Radiance. Less than a week ago I changed my mind on Sisters of Radiance so that I can write the books I look forward to the most, but that’s beside the point.
- For now, Lilith’s story is done. I exhausted the material I had planned in two books rather than three, as the material for the third book was completely destroyed by the events of Down with the Queen. I’ve said that her story is more open-ended than the others, and that’s true. I’ve come up with several ideas for subsequent books.
- Writing in a semi-modern setting is exhausting for me. I find writing fantasy easy and freeing. For me it’s simple, and the story tends to just flow. Anything close to modern day, or even futuristic, is dozens of times more difficult for me to manage. I simply can’t keep it up for long periods of time.
- Finally, and this is the reason I was most hesitant to talk about… Lilith’s Shadow simply hasn’t had the success that even the first book of Ancient Ruins had. In it’s first three months, Ancient Ruins sold more copies and was read more than Born a Queen, Down with the Queen, and Marin’s Codex combined. Spells of Old and Halls of Power did even better. As much as I hate income even being part of why I make decisions, it’s a simple fact that I have to make a living.
With that out of the way… I’d like to share a piece of Diamond and Tyria by June Jenssen which she completed on Friday. I commissioned this piece as an eventual cover for a short story regarding the fate of Tyria’s church after the events of Halls of Power, but it’s even farther from coming about than the subsequent books of Lilith’s Shadow.
As much as some of you may not like hearing what I had to say up above, I promise that I’m not going to simply abandon any of my series. If it’s going to end, I’ll tell people that it’s over and I’m not coming back to it. That’s only happened for Sistina and Phynis’s story so far, and that still doesn’t mean that I couldn’t write for other characters in that world. We’ll see where things go in the future.
I hope everyone has a great week.