I know it's been a hot minute since I've gotten any new content here, and I'm not thrilled about it either. But I figure if anyone checks in, they deserve an update so lets hit it!
First off, the novel is certainly not cancelled or anything like that. Real life has just creeped in. Since returning from China we've been in a financially unstable situation. Looking for work and housing has been terrible during this pandemic.
I've taken on a contract writing gig. I'm under an NDA and writing under a pen name, so unfortunately I can't share any of the work here, but I will say it's 1. fiction, and 2. a genre I've never really touched before. It's been a strange and enlightening experience, though not terribly financially satisfying. Still, I'm getting a check for words I typed, so I can't complain much.
Due to the aforementioned financial instability, I've also sought more traditional employment. My wife is doing well with her work as a Pharmaceutical Tech, but we still need more so I've interviewed for a position as a Video Game QA tester. The pay isn't grand, but it's enough to fill the gap and it knocks off an item on the bucket list as I'm fairly certain this means I'll have my name in the credits of a major video game or two.
Let's talk about The Paladin, though. Where are we? According to my big-ass white board, working on scene transitions and "big voice" vs "little voice." Book 1 is at 80% narrative completion. If you're a longtime reader of the blog, you'll know I took the original Paladin story and broke it into two books to accommodate word count and give some of the elements room to breathe. I'm committed to this and I'm going to make sure it happens.
As far as Paladin projects go, we have two books, a few spin-offs, and a game I'm working out. There's a lot on the table but I love this universe. I believe in it. I want to bring it to life and show it to all of you. That's still happening.
Until next time,
Be Excellent to Each Other
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.