Status Updates

Status Updates

Assault on Dread Fortress Paine (FM6.5) DONE: Release Window = March 23rd to March 26th.

Side Focus #2: The Glassbreaker Goes Home (Post FM6 Novella/Mini Novel) = 26k out of 50k estimate (51%)

Back Burner #1: FM7 School Story = 0k out of 80k estimate (0%)

Back Burner #2: Super Secret Awesome Project

Ugly Step Child: Gush (Fantasy Action/Adventure) Novel, First Draft = 21k out of 100k estimate (21%)

Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM3-FM6 concordance updates

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Assault on Dread Fortress Paine is Done

Done.  Done.  Done.

Beta read in progress.

Ended up being 74k words long or about 200 pages.

So yeah, that's a fucking book!  How'd that happen?

Release window is March 23rd to March 26th.  Probably going to charge the same as Three Little Trips, which is $2.99.  As I've said before, there's no King Henry at all.  It's T-Bone and Eva's stories being told.  There are six?seven? new characters in the book.  Most of them belong to ESLED's Strike Alpha, including Captain Ramses Lamprey who is a spectromancer known as the Walking Flash-bang.  Some familiar faces will also very much pop up.  It probably has the most action-per-page of any book I've written.  At this point, if you read a Richard Raley novel then you know what you're getting:  lots of conversations between two to three people in a room somewhere!

Not this time.

For good and ill.  Lots of action.  The next one, not so much.  But this one, yes.  FM7?  We'll see ;P

Anything else?  Oh yeah.  I know I said you could skip FM5.5, but not a good idea this time around.  There's a LOT of setup for FM7 you won't want to miss.  And beyond FM7 even...

So...that's over.  Guess I'll take a couple days off and then dive into finishing the last half of The Glassbreaker Goes Home.  Or start FM7's school story.  The last one I'll ever have to write!  Yay!

Gush?  What's Gush?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Post? Plague Notes

1.  Back at it!

2.  Obviously The Plague knocked my schedule back a bit (not that I'm very good at keeping them lately!) so everything I talked about last time, add a week or two.

3.  Assault on Dread Fortress Paine is getting closer and closer to being done.  The final edit is winding down, have the last couple scenes left to finish.  Then after that I have like 2k-4k of original writing to wrap up, cuz I'm weird and do stuff out of order for some reason.  I do it for almost every book actually.  Another good one I always seem to manage is writing the last chapter before writing the second to last chapter.  Using FM6 as an example I wrote all the Eureka stuff, then the Post Eureka stuff, and only THEN wrote the Geo Realm chapter.

4.  After said final edit is over, I'll do my Kindle edit.  Unless I make some HUGE mistake everything will be locked down before hand and it's mostly typo hunting, playing with paragraphs and with the FM books actually the first time I get to read them with both the timelines and figuring out where each one should flip back and forth.  After THAT we have the beta read and then release.

5.  So...March!

6.  Curse the Plague!  Without it, new Richard Raley writing would be in your hands by now!

7.  Richard Raley writing and not a King Henry book because there's actually no King Henry in this one...outside of T-Bone's imagination at least...

8.  Then we're on to the next one, cuz it never ends!  The Glassbreaker Goes Home.  Stolen from The Thin Man Goes Home.  Which is a movie series everyone should watch.

9.  Speaking of movies...I have Thor Ragnarok, Justice League, Coco, and Blade Runner 2049 all sitting unwatched, so I should get to that.  Also Altered Carbon.  Which is a book all of you should read.  In my top 50 for sure.

10.  Confession Time:  I've never seen the first Blade Runner!  Can you believe that?!?!?   Also haven't seen Shawshank Redemption...or the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  I know...

11.  Here's hoping the next post is a release date!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Plague Notes

1.  Pre-Plague Asthma Weirdness.

2.  Nope, It's the Plague!  Begone allergy pills, hello Nitequil!

3.  Sneeze, cough, hack, sneeze, cough, hack.

4.  Plague, Yes, But Not as Plague-ish as Advertised...

5.  Feeling Better.

6.  One Good Day of Editing.

7.  Super Bowl!  Great Game.

8. can't be!

9.  Plague 2:  The Sequel.  Just Enough Plague to Be Annoying Edition.

10.  Nope, it's a Tide Ad.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Quick Notes New Year Edition

1.  I'm not writing as many quick note posts lately because my tablet's battery is on life support and my writer laptop isn't connected to the internet.  Most obvious truth ever:  the internet is very bad for productivity.  So a few years ago I bought the tablet to help segment my devices.  Tablet = net, laptop = writing, PS4 = gaming.  It worked great.  But it's been a year since my last novel and I don't have spare cash for a new tablet atm, so you'll just have to deal with less blathering from me, okay? ;)  And no, you can't easily buy a new battery for a tablet, have tried twice and the knockoffs are off the charts.

2.  Currently working on what I hope is my final edit for Dread Fortress.  About 1/3 done with it.  So far, so good.  Might change some of the order of the scenes around yet, not sure.  Beginning is kind of slow as is.  (Not that I've ever been one to have fast beginnings!)  It's another case of me trying to write a novella and instead ending up writing a small novel.  Should end up about 200 pages long.  Maybe a little shorter.  The action scene to character moment ratio is turned way up for one of my works.  That was kind of the idea with these two 'novellas', Dread Fortress = action, Goes Home = character.  Also, Dread Fortress is kind of the epilogue for FM6 directly, while Goes Home is an epilogue for the entire first half of the series.

3.  FM5.5 was arguably skipable...if you know, you didn't want a really enjoyable slice-of-life diversion for three of our characters, but there's a couple events that happen in Dread Fortress that you probably really want to learn about...

4.  Still at the halfway mark with Goes Home.  Still really enjoy all the ins and outs of it.  HOPING to finish it quickly and have it out 2-3 months after Dread Fortress, but I've been about as much of Fate's bitch as King Henry lately, so we'll see.

5.  FM7...will start on it as soon as both of those are done.  Although it's not like I haven't been thinking about the scenes this whole last year, over and over and over.  The writing part of authorship is a shockingly small amount of the time you spend working on a novel.

6.  So...Dread Fortress = Late Feb/Early March.  Goes Home = May/June/July.  Gush = what's Gush?  FM7 = TBD.

7.  I finally started reading Lois McMaster Bujold's Vor Saga, loving it so far, about halfway through it I think.  Been reading tons because of it.  One of those series where I'm not sure why I never bothered with it, since I enjoy her Five Gods work so much.

8.  As a personal rule if I don't have something good to say about another artist/writer/creator then I take the high ground and just shut my mouth so...I won't be giving my opinion on The Last Jedi. :)

9.  Football today!  Winter Olympics...World Cup...two Raley novels, maybe three?  Let's hope for a good year!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Still Alive #2

Just not much new to report to you fans.  I'm writing just barely enough each month where I don't consider it bad, but no where near enough to call it good.  Which is an improvement over the total bomb in September, so there's that!

Almost done with the first novella, halfway done with the second.  Although novellas are technically 40k words long tops, so Assault on Dread Fortress Paine has upgraded to mini novel I suppose.  I have the very last scene plus the epic fight of the story left to go.  Quite a few fight scenes in this one, more than my average for sure.  Very close to a finished first draft.  Probably take a couple passes after that, then a copy edit readthrough.  So, very much getting there.  SOON.

AoDFP I'm happy with, but The Glassbreaker Goes Home is just...really, really happy with it.  I'm sure some will whine about it being filler, but character wise it's so fucking good!  KH, Old Man Price, Val, Vega, Vicky, Mama Welf, JoJo, tons of others.  Lot of character interactions, lot of great stuff.  Probably be in that 50k mini novel range too by the time it's done.

Gush...continues to be the step child I don't have the will to focus on.  The twin family medical issues in my life keep on sucking and the horrible odds are they'll end in 2018, but only in misery.  Sucks.  A lot.  Last year I just ignored it all, pushed it all into FM6, this year I think I've given myself way too much time to dwell on it, especially with that 4 month vacation.  The mini novels I can just trudge my way through, but for a whole new world I need 100% and I'm not even close to that.  So, Gush lingers...

Yup, still fighting to get the mojo back.  Part way there but more to go, always more to go.  At the very least, FM7 looms.  Wrote the first thousand words of it, for the last school story.  The War to End All Wars if I went so far to name the school stories ;)  Will definitely be diving head first into it come early next year, soon as these mini novels are finished.  It's going to be another big one :)