A Quick Check-In

So, yes, I have admittedly neglected my blog.  I’ve really wanted to write a post, but I’ve been working through the last third of The Dagger Rose for some time now, and I have honestly been devoting every last ounce of writing energy to finishing it.  However, I’m very close to being finished with the first draft, so I don’t feel too bad about taking time out to get everyone caught up.

First of all, and before you ask, I’ve done nothing on the sequel to The Iron Crown: zip, zero, zilch, nada.  The “research” and test scenes I’ve written for The Pride of Lions (the title is 98% fixed at this point), remains where it was when I last touched it.  I can say, however, no part of it has regressed, so it is pretty much where I left it.  Furthermore, once Dagger moves forward in the process (re-writes, edits, etc.), Pride will unquestionably be my priority; I am as eager to see the Unwilling Kings saga completed as many of you are.

As far as Dagger is concerned, I believe that, to date at least, it has been one of the more personal, not to mention challenging, pieces I’ve ever written.  Admittedly, I write many of my short stories in first-person, regardless of genre.  In fact, I often feel like a “one-trick pony” because of it.  I love the way first-person engages a reader (speaking for myself, of course), and places them in the role of participant, not simply spectator.

That aside, I’ve never had even the slightest interest in writing a first-person, full-length story for others to read.  Dagger began as fun little first-person short story that was more explorative than anything.  But, as I’ve said before, these things have a tendency to take on lives on there own.  Dagger is no exception.

So, where does that leave me?  As I mentioned, I’m less than a handful of chapters away from being finished with the rough draft.  After that, I’ll get my cover artist engaged, take another front-to-back round of self-edits, then start working with my editor.  Given that it’s just a little over half the length of Crown, I’m hoping it won’t take longer than a year to publish.  I know a little more about the process now, and I’m eager to apply what I’ve learned.

With that, this post comes to a close.  I wish you all well, and I’m switching back to Dagger.

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  • About the Author

    T.M. Lennon currently lives in North Carolina. His passion for science-fiction and fantasy was influenced by Star Wars in 1977 and The Lord of the Rings novels, which he read at an early age. He created the world of Eörlond in his teens for a fantasy role-playing game, and it has grown ever since.

    The one-time a soldier, systems engineer, and software developer, now adds author to his list of credentials. He continues to work during the day as an information technology consultant, but spends his precious little free time evolving the land of Eörlond and its inhabitants in front of his trusty laptop.