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Wednesday Update Time!

- I've reviewed 20/29 chapters of The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of the Evaran Chronicles. I always find it amazing how reading something in a different format makes some things just pop out. I've made quite a few updates so far but everything is still looking good overall. Eleven days until it goes to professional edit!

- I hit 62k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I realized as I was writing the current scene that the midpoint needed changed, so I went and did that. Now everything ties together better. I'm on the last scene before Act 3.

- It seems Confluence's API isn't as solid as I had hoped. They have some issues they need to work out. No worries, I'll refocus on another solution soon enough.

- Rick and Morty Season 5 will start airing this Sunday (June 20) at 11EST/10 CST. It's one of my favorite animated series, and I recently discovered Solar Opposites on Hulu is from the same people. It's been a while since season 4, but it's time for some Rick and Morty!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JqTvuVoI1A

I hope your week has been going well!


Sunday Update Time!

- I've reviewed 13/29 chapters for The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles. One thing I like about this heavy pass is the manuscript is in a different format, so some things stick out. It goes to professional edit with Eliza on June 27, so I have two weeks to get it all good!

- I hit 60k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. Every now and then I have what I refer to as thinking chapters, where a character mulls over multiple topics. In this case, it's Dalton as he awaits the teams return (minus Brad who is in Ares's grasp). I've also tentatively scheduled the professional edit with Miranda in August, with a date to be nailed down the closer we get.

- Book 14 outlining progresses, and I like where it's headed. I hope to be done by end of month so I can begin writing on it as soon as Greekland is finished. A new faction is introduced in the Evaranverse, one that catches the gang by surprise, including Evaran!

- I haven't forgotten about the knowledge base. Although long term I'm going to build one, short term, I'm leaning towards using Confluence and their API. They have an awesome editor and organizer, but leave a lot to be desired for public-facing pages. For instance, they have a create button you can't get rid of, and when you click it, it says to ask your admin for rights.... I'll do what I did with Facebook, where I use their API to get content, then render it on my site.

I'm in testing mode right now with it, and was able to retrieve the page hierarchy, page content, search, and breadcrumbs, the four pieces I need. For the technically inclined, I'm using Postman to test with an API token. By using the API, It allows me to use more advanced UI controls/css frameworks for the website. I'll need to write a helper object, but once done, I'll focus on content. This is something I can do now while I still continue to work long term on a better knowledge base system.

I hope your weekend is treating you well!


Wednesday Update Time!

- I've reviewed 4/29 chapters of The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles. I plan to be done by June 19th. I'm currently trying to schedule my editor for July, so we'll see how that impacts things.

- I hit 57k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I wrapped up the halfway point between the midpoint had Act 3. Todd steps up his leadership game while Dalton plays a game of misdirection with a horde of attackers.

- I got back the cover for The Evaran Chronicles Box Set: Books 10-12. I plan to put this together before end of month and launch by July 1. That will bring me current with box sets.

- I'm focusing on book 14's outlining as it is the next book to be written. Ideally, as soon as Greekland's first draft is done, I'll be transitioning to writing Book 14 and also starting the outline for Stonedom, Book 4 of The Inspector Dalton Files.

I hope your week has been going well!


Sunday Update Time!

- I've finished the second Scrivener pass of The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles. I'll be spending today getting it into Microsoft Word for a first pass which is usually formatting and the like. The second heavy self-editing pass will start tomorrow hopefully. That should take me between two to three weeks to do.

- I hit 54k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I'm halfway between the mid point at Act 3. Brad and Evot decide to beta test a relationship. Unfortunately, it's interrupted by an EMP grenade. This is a heavy action chapter, and now it's time for Valerie and Rick to show why they're so feared in the nonhuman community!

- Tom is about done with the cover for The Evaran Chronicles Box Set: Books 10-12. I plan to launch that sometime this month. These typically do not take too long to put together, and it will bring me up to date on that front.

- I've made more progress on the outlining for The Cult of Evaran, Book 14 of The Evaran Chronicles. As this is the second-to-last book in The Evaran Chronicles, there are several aspects that need addressed. It's also a part of the third series arc. I suspect this will be one of the longer books in the series.

I hope your weekend is going well!


A Short Wednesday Update!

- I've reviewed 20/29 chapters of The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles. Everything is flowing smoothly, and I plan to be done by this weekend. I've had to rewrite some sections to make it clearer, but so far, nothing major.

- I hit 51k words on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. Dalton shows off his tactical thinking, while Valerie teases him about Aphrodite. I also have a big section where Valerie goes over Dalton's family in some detail since she saw the video from the dream layer scene in The Time Cube, Book 11 of The Evaran Chronicles.

- The Cult of Evaran, Book 14 of The Evaran Chronicles, is still in outlining mode, and while I thought I had the major points outlined, it hit me what I need to add. This will be fun to write!

I hope your week is going well!


Sunday Update Time!

- I've read 12/29 chapters on The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles. I've had to make several adjustments so far, but it's flowing good so far. I hope to have this moved to Microsoft Word this week!

- I hit 48k words on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files! It's a new day for the team as they set up a second site and get new supplies from Earth. After that, it's time to travel to New York City!

-Tom is making a cover for me this week for The Evaran Chronicles Box Set: Books 10-12. Although these take some time to assemble, I don't mind doing them. The final one will be next year when the series finale Book 15 drops and I bundle up Books 13-15.

I'll also make a box set when Greekland releases for the prequel and Books 1-2 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I still haven't decided on the cover for that one, but I have some time.

-Coming this November is Marvel's Eternals! It's one movie I'm looking forward to seeing as it deals with Marvel's cosmology, one of many sources that helped me define the Evaranverse.
As they're a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), there will be some obvious questions like where were they when Thanos was around. I suspect that question will need to be answered for other groups coming to the MCU like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Nonetheless, I liked the trailer!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WVDKZJkGlY

I hope your weekend is going well. If you have Monday off, enjoy. then continue enjoying a three day break!


Wednesday Update Time!

- I begin my second read through of The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles, today. I plan to be done with this by next week, then it's on to Microsoft Word Land!

- I hit 45k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I also have the chronology caught up as well. The mid point is done and the team is on their way out of a messy situation thanks to Dalton's quick thinking.

I got the cover back from Tom! I don't have all the images yet (audio, etc), but I do have one to show, and it's attached below. You can see Dalton and Hercules standing before a statue of Ares in a parallel Earth. Evot is in both forms on this one.

- The paperback for Lightville, Book 2 of The Inspector Dalton Files is live! I only had to fix one thing this time which surprised me.

I hope your week is going well!


Sunday Update Time!

- I finished the first draft of The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles! It's sitting at 96k. I added two scenes earlier in the manuscript that give more clarity and emphasis to one of the characters. I'm going to let it sit for a day or so, then begin a full read through. After that, it goes to Microsoft Word for the heavy passes.

I know there will be some things I need to define and refer to consistently as I go through the second Scrivener pass. This light read through usually involves me keeping notes and checking the story to make sure it makes sense.

- I hit 42k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I'm on the last scene of the mid point, and the team is in a rough spot. Ares is quite devious, but also very cruel! I enjoyed writing a Dalton action scene as he infiltrates a compound that showcases his abilities. The next scene shows Hercules's power.

The cover is almost done. There are a few tweaks left, and I hope to have a cover reveal by this Wednesday.

- I received the formatted interior for the paperback of Lightville, Book 2 of The Inspector Dalton Files. It's been submitted along with the paperback cover to Amazon KDP, but I expect them to reject it like they always do and then we go through steps of me trying to figure out their obscure previewer/tool to resubmit. At least that process has started.

- I plan to begin writing on Book 14 of The Evaran Chronicles next month, so I'll be putting some focus on wrapping up the outline in the coming weeks. After that, the outlining for Stonedom, Book 4 of The Inspector Dalton Files, begins outlining. It dives into Dwarven mountain kings and their nations and how they interact with the world.

- I watched Army of the Dead on Netflix this weekend. It was a decent zombie flick with a heist tossed in. I generally don't like heist movies, but this one had a different take on zombies that I liked. Of course, there was a lot of gun action and some gore, and generally bad decisions by the team, but that's par the course.
https://www.netflix.com/title/81046394

I hope your weekend is going well!


Wednesday Update Time!

- I hit 88k on The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles. Two more scenes and I'll have hit the end. However,I have another scene I want to add earlier in manuscript, but I'm hoping to have the first draft down by this Sunday!

- I hit 38.5k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I didn't get as much done here mainly due to doing the chronology for five chapters. It did allow me to clean up some things while going through it all. Nonetheless, I'm in the midpoint now.

Tom has sent me the first rough draft of the cover, and it's looking good! I'm thinking it will be ready by next week for a cover reveal.

- I've sent my manuscript and front/back matter for Lightville, Book 2 of The Inspector Dalton Files to Colleen for the paperback interior formatting. I'll hopefully get it back next week and get the paperback launched.

- I've been watching Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+. It airs every Friday, and I've enjoyed it so far. It's always intriguing to see Order 66 executed in different series and mediums!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsOmYpP4UDU

I hope your week is going great!


Sunday Update Time!

- I hit 85k on The Cosmic Artifact, Book 13 of The Evaran Chronicles. Murukhan and Evaran visit the Nine who get a lesson in cosmology as they struggle to understand their place in reality. Everyone is now at Lord Noskov's base for one his famous cookouts. Evot is a hugging machine when V and new guests are around!

- I hit 37k on Greekland, Book 3 of The Inspector Dalton Files. I enjoyed writing the Ares/Mafia scene. He made quite the impression. Dalton gets to use his ability to send back a rescued informant, and now the team is by themselves on the parallel Earth. It's time for an action chapter!

- For the upcoming Chirp promotion for The Evaran Chronicles Box Set, I've set every audiobook to 4.99 for June 26 to July 25 on Chirp. It's really cool to be able to do promotions with audiobooks at lower prices, something not possible if you're solely with ACX.

- I've decided on the antagonist for Book 14 of The Evaran Chronicles. The cult of Evaran lives! How a group dedicated to Evaran can be a threat will be fun to explore. Sazrissa has met and traveled with a future Evaran, so she knows the cult's interpretation is wrong. Something has given the cult a boost indirectly, something Evaran will need to deal with in Book 15. However, for Book 14, the gang will find itself in an interesting situation!

I hope your weekend is going well!