Sorry to be gone for so long. I know I had few readers to begin with, so if either of them are still around, thank you for your dedication.
In any case, I'm back. For those who don't know I spent the last year and a half in China. It was an intriguing experience which I feel will be great for my writing and has certainly left me with an appreciation for both my country and the rest of the world. There is so much to share and talk about and, frankly, I have no idea where to begin.
I think the most pertinent thing to mention, though, is that The Paladin is very much still on track. There have been a lot of changes made to it over the past year and a half. I've been working (semi) diligently and even have some nice side projects in the works for the book and the series as a whole.
Right now the only thing I can really speak to is that the first book in the series has changed significantly enough that I can no long call it the same story. Essentially, I've taken the draft I had finished previously and split it in half. My beta readers seemed to enjoy the story and when I asked for non-crucial parts that I could remove, most couldn't give me a solid answer. So the only logical thing I could think of was to split the book in two at the point where the main character's introduction to the world moves into the main plot of the book.
Essentially, the first book is the first half of the original story plus a little more to round out Jonathan's first adventure, then the second book takes the second half of the original story and rounds that out to complete the arc nicely. I'm happy with how it's coming and I think you'll like it too!
As far as this site goes, I'll be returning to regular posting effective immediately. Now that I'm back in the states I know have at least two weeks of quarantine where I'll have plenty of time to focus on my work and the site. I'll try to keep my stories about China reserved to only those pertinent to either my book or to writing in general. I learned already after my stay in the Netherlands that I quickly become that guy that starts all his conversations with "Actually, back when I was the Netherlands, I used to ..."
With that all out of the way, look forward to new content coming shortly. And especially with the global and national climates as they are, I sign off with my usual phrase that I feel is more pertinent now than even.
--- Be Excellent to Each Other
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.