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September Update

I’ve started work on the second iteration of Chapter 12 now, with about 15 000 words written and probably another 40 000 or 50 000 to go. Once that’s done, it’ll just be the epilogues and the side-content before Lords of Infinity is text-complete.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it’ll be ready for release. There’ll probably be months of editing, polish, balancing and the like before that. I’ll also have to do cover art and a whole bunch of support work as well. Still, it’ll be good to have the writing done soon.

This month’s A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding, A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms, are now all up as well.


August Update

Needless to say, I’ve had a pretty eventful month so far. Aside from my computer breaking down, I also got pretty badly sunburned after going outside for the first time after my second vaccine dose. Work’s been a bit slow.

Still, I’m almost finished the first half of the last chapter of Lords of Infinity, with about 65 000 words done and maybe at most 10 000 or so to go, so this month hasn’t been a complete wash.

Of course, I’ve also had the time to do this month’s A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding, A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms, which are all available on the website now.


July Update

I am now a little short of 20 000 words into the first iteration of Chapter 12, which is the last chapter of Lords of Infinity. If all goes according to plan, I should be able to have everything (that means side-content, reference material, illustrations, everything) done by the end of the year.

I’m also getting the second dose of my COVID vaccine in three days, which means I’ll be finishing work on the “main” storyline of Lords of Infinity just in time to be able to go outside again, which is nice.

In the meantime, this month’s A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding, A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms have all been uploaded, so take a look if you have a chance.


June Update

Both iterations of Chapter 11 of Lords of Infinity are now finished, which means I am now doing prep work for Chapter 12, which is the last full chapter. Of course, once that’s done, I still have epilogues, side-content, and art to do before we’re ready for publication, but we are definitely nearing the final stages now.

Needless to say, it’s a bit busy around here.

This month’s A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding, A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are all up.


May Update

I just passed the 35 000 word mark for the second part of Chapter 11 of Lords of Infinity today. This half will be a bit longer than the other, mostly because instead of containing one path, it actually kind of contains two. Obviously I won’t be spoiling what that means quite yet, but needless to say, I’m trying to do all that I can to ensure that every sort of player is able to get a satisfying path through the endgame.

As usual, this month’s A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding is up, this time with the first installment of what might be a very long multi-part series on worldbuilding a fictional society. This month’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are up as well


April Update

I am now about 30 000 words into the first version of Chapter 11 of Lords of Infinity. We’re well into the endgame now, with the climax of the story in full swing. The dust isn’t going to settle until it’s over, and I am very much looking forward to sharing with you the culmination of all these words and all of this work.

In other news, A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding is back, with a new article on writing series and serial fiction. This month’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are also both up.


March Update

I am currently about 20 000 words into Chapter 10 of Lords of Infinity right now. This is the chapter that sets up the final conditions for the endgame, which plays out in chapters 11 and 12. While Lords of Infinity is far from complete, I’m definitely feeling it come together right about now

This month’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are now up. If all goes well, there should be a new entry in The Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding next month as well, so feel free to look forward to that.


February Update

Chapter 9 of Lords of Infinity has proven rather larger than the last few. It looks like it’ll probably end up being at least 70 or 80k words by the time it’s done. Normally I manage to turn out a chapter a month, but this one’s definitely going to take two.

That being said, it also wraps up a lot of plot threads (or at least, moves them to the point where the next installment will pick up on them), so we are definitely nearing an ending here.

In other news, this month’s of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are now up, as usual. The Patreon’s gone over $500 a month again, so if that holds up, I should be also resuming A Creator’s Guide to Writing and Worldbuilding in April or so.


A Note on Working Alone

A lot of you have been suggesting recently that I hire on other people to help me in my writing process. I suspect that’s because a lot of you have been waiting for Lords of Infinity for quite some time, and would like to see it finished sooner, rather than later – which is definitely something I get. I’d like to see it finished soon too. However, expanding to a two or three person team isn’t likely to help that process, and I’d like to take a minute to address why.

The first reason is a practical one: I can’t afford it. I think a lot of people vastly over-estimate how much money writers make, and that applies to stuff like this as well. While I can support myself on a combination of sales, the occasional side work, and proceeds from my Patreon, that doesn’t mean I have enough left over to be able to afford to hire an additional person for any appreciable amount of work. I’d probably have to be making at least twice what I’m making now to consider hiring on someone even part-time, and still pay them a fair wage.

The second reason is a bit more complex: simply put, most of the Infinite Sea exists in my head. All of the world-building, character interactions, broader themes, and where I want the story to go all exist only in my thoughts. While I maintain sets of notes to help keep those thoughts in order, they’d pretty much make no sense whatsoever to anyone else. That means if I were to bring anyone else into this project, I’d not only have to also take the time to explain all of this to a whole new person, but I’d also have to constantly make sure that their work shares the same themes and tone and assumptions as mine. At best, that means I’d essentially be working full-time making sure someone else is writing what I could have been writing myself. At worst, I’d be reducing Lords of Infinity to a discordant mess, a jumble of two separate streams of thought with two different creative visions.

As things are, I’m writing at a pretty steady clip: about 50 000 words a month. At the current rate, I can expect Lords of Infinity to be finished this year, with a word count longer than most linear fantasy series. It’s a pace I’m more or less happy with, and I can’t really think of ways to write faster.

Part of the reason I can even write this fast at all is because the income from my Patreon allows me to write more-or-less full-time. If you’d like to support that, then I’d highly recommend you do. At $1 a month, Patrons get early access to articles, whilst Patrons at the $2 a month tier get to vote on the next articles I write on, based on a selection suggested by thost donating $10 a month.

As usual, of course, this month’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are also now up for general access.


December Update

With Chapter 7 of Lords of Infinity now finished, I’m moving on this week to Chapter 8, which deals with a few major plot points but mostly focuses on the consequences of some major plot twists at the end of Chapter 7.

I’m almost done now. Starting in Chapter 9 and 10, a lot of the “side” plot threads get tied up (either permanently, or in a way which carries them over to Wars of Infinity). The last three chapters are almost entirely devoted to a single event, and how the player character chooses to respond to it.

Meanwhile, this month’s installments of A Soldier’s Guide to the Infinite Sea, and An Adventurer’s Guide to the Fledgling Realms are now up, so definitely check those out when you have time.