Status Updates

Status Updates

Main Focus: Foul Mouth 5 First Draft = 34% (100k estimate)

Side Focus: Gush (Fantasy YA) Novel, First Draft = 8% (13 chapter estimate)

Monday, July 7, 2014

What the Future Holds: Next Year, Next Decade, and My Whole Damn Life

Now that Sky-Island 1827-E is published I thought I'd go through what you fans can expect from me in the future.  I know most of you so far have come to my writing through THE KING  HENRY TAPES and that much more still will, but that's probably not going to stay the same in the years ahead.

Let's get this out there:  I'm not a one series writer who's going to pump out 40 King Henry books and then retire and have my as-of-yet-not-existent child pump out 40 MORE King Henry books.  More power to the authors that can do this and get a sense of total fulfillment, it's just not for me.  I've got a lot of stories in me and just creativity and ideas flowing out of my brain...some out of my asshole too, but mostly out of my brain!

You're going to get A LOT of King Henry books, but I'm not overstaying my welcome and even within that series I will try to keep reinventing and changing things up as necessary, like the School timeline finishing itself up in FM7 and the total change of pace from THE KING HENRY TAPES into THE MANCY WARS to cap the whole thing off.

But, it's going to end eventually, There is a Plan (and unlike Battlestar Galactica and Lost I'm not lying about it to keep you watching!).  Even in the meantime I will be taking breaks to work on other worlds and stories.  It's important to note that doing this doesn't actually affect my speed at writing King Henry novels.  It's not a zero sum game where in one world you will be getting two KH novels a year and in the other you'll be getting one.  What I've found actually happens is that in both worlds you still get the KH novel every 9-12 months, but instead of the other side novel coming out I'm just really fucking cranky and depressed that I can't focus in on writing half the time.

So all this being said, here's what the future looks like.

MY WHOLE DAMN LIFE

Here are the stories I plan to write by the time my eyes give out and my hands are decrepit and I'm farting in stores and no one complains about it because I'm so old.  Oh, how I look forward to those days...

*These names I'm giving are often vague or not final with only book estimates and genre-type because I'm a sneaky bastard that doesn't want to give a synopsis and have someone think "that's a great idea" and write it before I'm ready.

The Shinide Saga (5-10 Books)(Hyper-fantasy):  If I found out I was dying within the next five years, this would be the series I drop everything to write 24/7.  It's my first love, my baby, etc.  Why am I writing other stuff and not it?  Because I wanted to wait until I was ready to do it justice as an author.  I'm getting there but I'm not there yet.

The Five God Series (5 Books)(YA Epic Fantasy, Mage Coming of Age Story, Renaissance Era)

The Godborn World (One duology/One Trilogy/Possible Standalones)(Godpunk):  God of War meets Stargate meets Percy Jackson meets Bladerunner.

The Rii Enslavement (Duology)(Epic Fantasy, 1st Person):  Magic System revolves around emotions and their absence.

 The King Henry World (20 books possible)(12 Book THE KING HENRY TAPES)(3-5 Book THE MANCY WARS)(3 book THE DEAD WORLD):  Urban Fantasy into Epic Fantasy Morph.

The Prisoners Cycle (endless possibilities, multi-genre):  A series of standalone books all set in the same world but different...well, you'll see.  Sky-Island 1827-E and Gush are both in this "series".

Eat the Future (post-apoc, dystopian, big monster, neo-western standalone):  An extension of the world I created in Prime Pickings (which would be the first chapter).

Djinn (time-travel, thriller, horror, standalone):  a story about reliving high school that goes wrong.

The Next Decade

So yeah, I've got a lot of books in my head!  But what about the next decade?  Well, I plan to focus in on 3 of those worlds mentioned above.  By the time I turn 40 (yeah, I'm 30, it's not as terrifying as promised, mostly because I skipped all that marriage and divorce stuff to do the starving author thing) I believe THE KING HENRY TAPES will have been finished and I'll be part way into THE MANCY WARS.

I'm also looking at continuing THE PRISONERS CYCLE (plan to put up an About Page on this by the end of the year) which as I said includes Sky-Island 1827-E, a follow up book, and a trilogy set in that "world" as well as Gush + Gush sequel, and a few other stories with different characters.  The important thing to note with THE PRISONERS CYCLE, unlike the rest of everything I talk about, is that it's "possible" that they might be written.  It's the one thing I'm doing where it's all pay-to-play and something I'm taking one book at a time.

The 3rd series I plan to work on is the aforementioned GODBORN WORLD.  As to the name of "godborn" it's one of those things were you consider "should i be different and really creative" or should I just get lumped in with Mistborn or Dragonborn and all the other borns.  I decided there's more than enough creativity in the world to let the name be a little generic.

Which leads us into...

The Next Year

Finishing FM5 and Gush, starting the first GODBORN book (no title atm beside the stand-in of CHAINS) and FM6.

Pretty simple really (also a crap-ton of writing!).  I just wanted to write this to let you fans know I'm very committed to this author thing, I see it as my future and my life for a long time to come, it's what I've wanted to do since I was 12 and I'm lucky as hell that I get to live in the time period where Digital Publishing showed up to start a publishing revolution.

I know it's scary being a fan.  You love these worlds but really have no control over them.  An author can just faff about or get addicted to coke and pornstars or...other stuff.  Nothing you can do about it...beside writing Welf/KH slash fanfiction (please don't do this!).  So there you go, there's my plan for the years and years ahead of us.  Hopefully all of us make it to the end!  In the meantime, stick with me through this journey and we'll kick some ass and take some names together!

Now, because I've written this, here comes the alien invasion in 3...2...1...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sky-Island 1827-E is OUT!!!

It's finally done, I can move on!

Linkage:

Sky-Island 1827-E by Richard Raley on Amazon Kindle
Sky-Island 1827-E by Richard Raley on Amazon UK Kindle
Sky-Island 1827-E by Richard Raley on Smashwords
Sky-Island 1827-E by Richard Raley on B&N Nook

As always, Barnes and Noble and Apple take a week or two to propagate out from the Smashwords distribution channels, so if you read on a iPad or Nook, you'll need to buy from Smashwords and download the appropriate file type, or wait until I have those links for you soon.

As for me, I'm looking forward to a self-enforced writer lockdown away from the internet, twitter, video games, and ya know, generally anything distracting or too much fun.  Now that Sky-Island is off my plate (and I hope you all enjoy it!) I need to get back to King Henry and to really starting in on Gush as well.

Edit:  Nook link added.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sky-Island 1827-E Release Date = June 26th

So yeah, all the heat wave going through Fresno has made writing original stuff really uncomfortable, so instead I jumped the gun and focused in on finishing Sky-Island.  Did some rewrites, gave it some edits, and now it's in the hands of my beta readers.

As long as nothing crazy happens (like Alien Invasion) it should be coming out on June 26th, little under two weeks from now.

Now that it's finished I can completely focus in on FM5 and Gush through the rest of year.  Hopefully one of those will sneak into December but we'll just have to see if King Henry decides to get difficult or not this time around.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sky-Island 1827-E First Draft Done

Relief, lots of relief on finally finishing this one.  I started writing "Sky-Island" (then only named "Rockets") in July 2011.  That period of my life was one where I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with myself writing wise.  Indies were become a thing, I'd thrown "The Betrothal" out there just to see what the process was like (poor, poor, mistreated Betrothal), but still wasn't sure if I should commit to the grand new experiment in publishing.

"The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady" was in editing and not wanting to get started on FM2 without the first being published or picked up by an agent or SOMETHING (strangely enough I never even bothered to send FM1 to an agent and took the full Indie plunge a few months later) I had to come up with a few other novels to work on.

I have quite a few grand series' planned in my life, books and worlds and characters even more important to me than King Henry, but I knew I wasn't ready for them.  I wasn't experienced enough to do them justice.  So instead I came up with 5 small plots of books that were part writing experiment, part challenge, and partly drawn from mashed together dreams.  I figured this would make me a better writer and that I could work on these novels without "locking me in" to a specific course.

One of those books was "Sky Island 1827-E".

So yeah...already changed and simplified the cover.
Along with a story about a very violent tree, a girl who can run on water, and a man who can hop from dream to dream, "Sky-Island" was born as the story of a company of soldiers that spent their days on a small island watching rockets fly overhead...before the enemy attacked.

It's still that at its heart.  But much more.  It's also a tale of religious divide, of what makes a hero or if there even are heroes, of point of view, and of course...KILLER ROBOTS.

It's been a long 3 years for a short novel (250 pages), mostly because once I took the plunge I was super into that King Henry Price guy and everything else got pushed to the side.  But now King Henry is firmly established and I understand him to a degree that's probably not healthy, so I  have time to return to those 5 small novels and get them out of my brain (I have so many stories in my brain it's really getting crowded in there).

If you like twist and turns, mystery, some SERIOUS world building, and punches to the gut, then you'll enjoy "Sky-Island."  Or at least survive it.

Of course the first draft is just the start and we have editing and more editing and typo hell and beta reading in front of us, so don't expect the book immediately.  July-September is probably the best estimate for its release.  As always with Indie releases, you can't tell how quickly or how long certain aspects will take.  If you need to change something you need to do it all yourself.  If the beta readers say "it's all good" then it can be published the next day.

As for what I plan next, I'm looking to finishing FM5's school story (King Henry and Plutarch get off to a rough start) and to writing "Gush", which is about that girl who can run on water that I mentioned.

Friday, April 18, 2014

13 Vampire Divines

Not in order of importance:

Divine Inanina - Mistress of War
Divine Nii-Vah - Mistress of Justice
Divine Eresha - Mistress of Shells
Divine Pwent - Mistress of Coin
Divine Moshi - Master of Flesh
Divine Kien
Divine Acharon
Divine Balhad
Divine Limkar
Divine Paa-Hsi
Divine Rennya
Divine Cherya
Divine Amarusa

You'll just have to keep reading to find out what the rest of them do.