Back in the Saddle Again

Well, my apologies for not posting this past week.  I had a serious case of the summer flu (whatever the $#@! that was about), and I was down for the count.  In fact, I pretty much spent the first three days this week in bed.  On the upside, I had plenty of time to do what I call, “mental storyboarding,” because I was too wiped out to do anything else.

Now that I’m almost back to normal, I’m beginning to actively work on Pride, and I’m excited about where it’s going. The more I work on it, the more I’m realizing that Unwilling Kings is at least a trilogy.  As the epilogue from The Iron Crown hinted, The Pride of Lions takes a decidedly darker turn for the main characters.  I find this is usually the case with most of the second installments of trilogies and, well, who am I to defy tradition?  (That’s actually a joke, as most people who know me will recognize.)

Of course, as with any traditional trilogy, the final installment should end on a happy and uplifting note, but I’ve not made my mind up about that yet.  That said, I’ve only the faintest notion of how Unwilling Kings ends, so I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve made more headway on Pride.

In the meantime, the print version of Crown continues to be a thorn in my side.  I finally got the cover color adjusted the way I wanted (I thought) and submitted for review to the publisher.  It got approved, I ordered a proof (paid extra for rush shipping), only to find that it was off – way off, like .25″ on each side.   Needless to say, I am not happy.  I’ve spent the most of last night and this morning reformatting it, and I think it’s almost there.  When I think I’m done, I’ll upload it here and post on my Facebook page and Twitter.

So, that’s it for me for now.  I’m hoping to wrap up and submit these cover layout changes today and get back to work on Pride.  Ciao for now!

~T~

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3 Comments

  1. Tony
    Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    *** SPOILER ALERT ***

    You should get sick more often…for the sake of your art, I mean 🙂

    You know it’s funny…I’ve read the book (in one form or another) several times now and Daran impacts me differently each time. He went from being the red-shirted crew member of the “away team” to a mainstay in my top 5 favorite characters in the book.

    I’m looking forward to the pressing being completed so I can add it to my library of REAL books (which is a fraction of my library of virtual books).

    WOOHOO!!! THE PRIDE IS COMING!

    • Posted July 9, 2012 at 8:55 am | Permalink

      I’ve gotten the same feedback from other people about Daran and his “red-shirtiness.” I never really thought of him that way, but I can certainly see the analogy. Daran was always one of my favorites, because he reminded me of a saying from my army days: “A bitching soldier is a happy soldier.”

      • Tony
        Posted July 9, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

        I tried to word my post so as to not “spoil” but I guess the “red shirt” IS kind of a give-away…

        My bad

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    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.