Friday, August 8, 2008

Progress

Today is the six-month anniversary of Karen's passing. I can almost hear her bugging me to get back to writing. She was always such an encouragement to me, and she made it clear that she didn't want me laid low for too long. I feel like the hiatus is coming to an end. I don't know what it'll be like writing without Karen's constant encouragement. Perhaps I'll still feel it, but differently.

My focus has slowly shifted back toward writing, and creativity has begun to resurface. While readers of The Pict have expressed a desire for an in-depth expansion of the story, I'm intent on completing Novel Number Two before I return to The Pict - Rising of the Last Free Men. The expansion won't be long in coming after Number Two, though. I need only polish most of what I'd originally cut out of The Pict (to focus on our more pressing personal concerns), and put it back in, and expound upon some things that readers have asked me to expound upon.

Number Two
is a 13th Century piece packed with conflict, drama, intrigue, and, well, history. Anyone with a penchant for Crusades, Inquisitions, and the shifting sands of 13th Century alliances and betrayals will undoubtedly find this one an enjoyable and compelling read. And yes...it will be far, far longer than was my first go with The Pict. I hope you will look forward next year to a gratifying summer read.