• Mike Sliter

Winter Progress Report

It's been a while since I've given a formal update on progress and what I have been doing. All I can say is that things have been moving along at a slow and steady rate. I’ll start by sharing a couple of my legit excuses, followed by the actual update.

Every year, my wife and I do a huge Halloween display that takes multiple weeks to build, from the end of September to the end of October. We also have a big party where we have everything from a bartender to a magician (we don't make money in October, ever). It ultimately needs to be cleaned up, as well, so writing during the Halloween season is always challenging. That, coupled with the fact that we have a baby due in January, put a bit of a damper on progress for a bit.

But, the nice thing about taking a few weeks (mostly) off from writing is that I was THINKING. And thinking is creating, and creating is writing. I have a much better understanding of how the storylines are going to be rewoven in Faith Lost, and how we are going to stage the stories for a finale. No one is going to say that nothing happens in Book 3 because a ton is going to occur. More than anything, I want to avoid the “filler” conversation or "middle book syndrome."

So Faith Lost is around 61,000 words right now. I’ve written the most Fenrir (love his story so far), but have shifted away to have the other characters catch up. Meri is probably the laggard right now, and that’s because I’ve changed my mind on her story many times. I feel I little better about her direction, though.

The other good news is that Valley of the Free Pandemonium Rising #.5) is done. It is just being formatted and then it’s complete. A 28k word novella, it follows the formation of Ferl’s Company and I’m quite the fan of this shorter book. It will have a surprise release at some point VERY soon!

So, that’s where I am. I’ll give another update when Lord Baby (of yet unknown name) is born.


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