Hello everyone! 2019 is coming to an end and boy, it has been a very busy year!
You might’ve noticed I’ve gone a bit quiet on providing updates since I started publishing the Eternal Monologues. The past few months have been busy for me for several reasons. Don’t worry – it’s nothing bad!
The main reason why I haven’t provided as many updates is due my heavy focus on writing. With 2019 wrapping up and 2020 just around the corner, I figured now’s a perfect time to provide you all with a big update on how everything has been traveling!
Of course, before I can begin talking about all things book related, let’s recap on my feline supervisor who’s been cracking the whip and keeping me in line.
Zoya the Destroyer
This year saw Zoya join my household which she now rules with an iron paw. Truthfully, it’s been great having her around as a writing companion, especially now she no longer finds the keyboard comfortable to sleep on!
Like all cats Zoya has developed some very interesting and random habits. For example, she’s developed a routine of intercepting anyone going up stairs then collapsing in front of them. Why does she do this? For belly scratches. I know what you’re thinking, “Don’t do it! It’s a trap!”. Yes, this normally is a classic cat trap yet Zoya seems to love it and so far, I haven’t been attacked.
No doubt 2020 will see Zoya continue to make sure I’m working heavily on all things Cardinal.
And no doubt I’ll be posting more photos of her along with my updates.
Now that the feline talk is out of the way, let’s recap 2019 and lay out my expectations of 2020!
The first draft of Encyclopedia Sarcadia completed!
I hit one of many milestones this year with the completion of Encyclopedia Sarcadia. It was a huge effort and exhausting to get through, but I’m very proud with the result. The encyclopedia has helped establish the world the Cardinal series will be set on. It has also opened an unlimited amount of possibilities for future writing projects.
Goal for 2020 – Publish Encyclopedia Sarcadia
Currently the encyclopedia is going through a lengthy edit which will no doubt turn into another lengthy re-edit. I’m not sure when I’ll begin publishing material from the book on the website, but I want to begin in mid-2020. Once the first edit has been completed I’ll be able to assemble a clear timeline so stay tuned!
The first draft of the Sarcadian Atlas completed!
2019 saw the completion of the maps of all the major continents of Sarcadia. Some were simple to draw while others took a lot longer than I anticipated. Regardless I’m happy with the result of what I’m now referring to as the “Sarcadian Atlas”.
Goal for 2020 – Continue to build the Sarcadian Atlas
My brain has been producing a copious amount of creativity the more I write. I don’t think the Sarcadian Atlas will be ready anytime soon as I see this being a “living world” which continues to build and grow the deeper I get into fleshing out more lore.
This is a good thing! The more the atlas grows the more the encyclopedia will grow. The more the encyclopedia grows the more the story of the Cardinal will grow. Parts of the atlas will be published alongside the encyclopedia so keep an eye on them!
The Eternal Monologue series completed & published!
I’m happy with all the feedback I’ve received from the Eternal Monologue series. Thank you all so much for your support. For those who haven’t read the series yet, you can check out all the stories published so far by clicking here!
I should apologise for not advising I was going to stop publishing the series throughout the Christmas and New Years period. The series will resume next Tuesday (7 January 2020) and will continue throughout the year.
Goal for 2020 – Publish the remaining entries of the Eternal Monologue series
As I mentioned mini stories of Atriarch, Elysia and Octavian will continue from 7 January 2020. There are thirteen more publications to come and I hope you all continue to enjoy them!
The first drafts of three “Menagerie” stories completed!
Remember how I said the past few months have been busy for me? Well, here’s one of the reasons why! I’ve commenced work on the “Menagerie” series which focuses on the first humans who were turned into vampires by the Fallen Son. There’ll be a focus on the last day or so of the person’s life before they meet their fate.
I’ve completed the drafts of three stories and enjoyed writing them perhaps a little too much!
Goal for 2020 – Continue working on the Menagerie series & potentially begin publishing
I plan on writing a lot Menagerie stories throughout 2020. I have ideas for at least fifty stories and the number could grow. Though Octavian initially turned three hundred people during his existence I doubt I’ll write that many stories. The focus will be on those vampires who have had relevance in Sarcadia’s history or who will play a part in the Cardinal series to come.
Speaking of which…
Work on the Cardinal series has begun!
I’m in the very early stages of beginning work on the Cardinal series. At this stage I’ve only mapped out the structure of the first three books. It might not sound like a lot but it’s a big step towards finally getting the series off the ground!
Goal for 2020 – Continue plotting out the entire series and begin the first draft of Book 1
I’ll be going away on holiday to Bali towards the end of January for some much-needed rest and relaxation. This should recharge my brain though I’ve got a feeling it will keep flooding my head full of ideas. When I return I’ll pick up where I left off and continue to flesh out the basic story arcs and plot for the entire Cardinal series. I’m hopeful to at least begin the first draft of Book 1 in late 2020. It’s going to be a very productive and busy year ahead but I’m looking forward to every single day of it!
That’s all for now! Thank you for reading and thank you for your continued support. Remember if you like what you’ve read please help spread the word about this website!
I hope you all have a great start to 2020 and remember to always be safe!