Hi, everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, but that’s only because I’ve been so busy.
2019. Phew. Let’s take a moment to unpack this one, shall we?
When I first posted at the creation of this website, I had a lot of big plans for 2019. At the start, I was ready to pull the trigger for a lot of different projects. Exciting, right? Well, as it turns out, 2019 didn’t agree.
2019 became the worst year of my career. I fell into financial ruin, my book sales plummeted, and my mental health deteriorated as I took on the immense project of re-editing The Fallen Banner after deciding that my career couldn’t move forward so long as I felt that book was in such a shoddy state as a product. Just about every hope and ambition I had for 2019 fell away due to these factors. Without discussing the personal details, let’s just say that I spent the entire year trying to keep my head above water, at best. And at times, I couldn’t even accomplish that.
Still managed to get some LARPing in, though!
But like all things, 2019 eventually came to an end.
I made it. 2020. Here I am – in the midst of a global pandemic, with half of everyone I know either recently unemployed or working minimal hours from a newly crafted home office. I can say that thankfully, for the time being, I still have my Day Job in “essential” work and I’m making it through all of this, though who knows if that could change at any moment.
Suffice to say, I won’t be proposing such lofty goals upon myself as I did at the dawn of 2019. But that doesn’t mean that nothing is going on.
I have, as of yesterday, officially published the newly re-edited version of The Fallen Banner, both in ebook and paperback. While my 2019 struggles did not allow me to secure new cover artwork as originally planned, I was able to provide new maps within the book that should help aid in your Aerothos adventures! This new version of the book has been entirely edited (mostly removing lots of needless description, improving dialogue, and correcting continuity errors within the greater Aerothos catalogue; a total removal of approximately 25-30 pages from the previous edition) to provide a more enjoyable reading experience. While TFB has consistently been my most well-received book, I felt this needed to be done both for the lifespan of the novel and the sake of my career.
So, what’s next?
I’m happy to say I’ve been working along on Part II of Chronicles and there’s already a decent-sized chunk of the book complete. While I shelved it in order to resume Part II, I also have a sizable amount finished of my TFB companion novel. Will either of these books publish in 2020? I can’t say for sure, and I’m wary of making promises. But I can say that work is steady and there’s a bright light at the end of this tunnel.
I’m still here. I’m still trudging along.
And Aerothos is alive and well.