Monday, June 5, 2017

Back to the Grindstone

School year came to an end last month, and unless my advisor was mistaken about my math requirement, my application to graduate should go through. So I'm back to editing my first novel, Ebon City: Death and the Maiden.

I'm starting with the first chapter once again and working my way through, making a few changes here and there, some changes minor and others not so minor. When I left off two years back, I had pretty much finished Chapters 1 through 8, so I should breeze through those fairly quickly, but I still have a lot of work to do on Chapters 9 through 13. Originally, I was going to try and maintain the same universe as the first editions of the novel, that way people who read the original editions wouldn't be confused by inconsistencies when they started the second book, Ebon City: Bloodline. I've since decided to tweak a few things with my novel's mythology. For example, the vampire powers have been redistributed among the generational hierarchy (e.g. Third Scions can now conjure ice) and the vampire terminology was tweaked (e.g. Initiators are now called Anointers).

I'm going to release the first few revised chapters of Death and the Maiden over the next three months (one chapter a month), though I'm still trying to figure out how to do that in a way that doesn't look cumbersome. When I copy and paste a whole chapter into my blog, the subsequent blog entry is so long, I worry some readers may find it too much to take in and skip the blog entry. I'm thinking I may divide each chapter up into multiple sections and release each section a week apart instead. However I handle it, expect the first chapter or first section of Chapter 1 in the next few days.

Happy Summer, everyone!

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