Unfortunately, I came down with a bad flu a few days ago and have been coughing my lungs out. Thus, I haven’t been able to work on this week’s chapter much. I’m on the mend now though, so I will try to get the chapter out tomorrow or the next day. Sorry for the delay.
Due to a bit of writer’s block and some unexpected happenings the chapter that would normally be released today is being pushed back to tomorrow. Sorry for the inconvenience. I’m working on it, but there is just no way it will be done.
This post is about the secondary writing project I’ve been working on for the past while. The series will be called WorldShift and the first book is titled Virtual Revolution. As I mentioned in a previous post a while back, I’m working on this novel while I write the Iron Teeth.
WorldShift is a LitRPG story. For those of you that don’t know, that means it features a lot of mechanics and features from video games such as MMORPGs, or that it actually takes place in a video game. Of all the stories bouncing around in my head, I chose to write a LitRPG because they are popular right now and because I wanted to try my hand at the genre. I have some unique ideas about how to use the genre in a meaningful way. The story will not be released as a web serial to the public, although patrons will receive lots of preview chapters. This is because I want to try writing a complete novel, instead of a bunch of chapters in sequence.
Plot: Ethan lives in a bountiful and unchanging world. Twenty years ago, the Prohibitions were passed. Fearing disruption and revolution, international institutions came together to ban dangerous technologies such as artificial intelligence. Now, humanity idles away its days while they enjoy the easy wealth brought to them by automation. However, after leaving college and failing to find a job, Ethan’s life has become sour and stale. He spends his time immersing himself in virtual reality games. The most popular game available is Worldshift. It is a complete online world full of adventure that blends sci-fi and fantasy elements, and its creators have just launched a special event for the game called the Tower of Ascension. The first player to climb it will win enough money to set them up for life.
With nothing better to do, Ethan enters the tower. However, as his journey progresses and the event unfolds, it soon becomes apparent that not is all as it seems. Something is wrong with the game. Whispering shadows stalk Ethan, and the tower’s tests disturb him. As he meets other players, he learns that the game’s secrets have the power to shape the outside world. Worldshift might be a simulation, but very real dangers stalk Ethan. It’s going to take every ounce of his gaming skills and some inner strength he never knew he had to destroy the conspiracies around him, but if he does, the world will never be same.
Release Date: When it’s done. I have a bit less than half of the first draft written, so it is too early to say.
If you have questions or comments feel free to leave them below.
I’m really sorry but this holiday week has been very hectic. Although I’ve been travelling a lot and visiting relatives, I tried to keep up on my writing, but I seem to have caught a bug. I have got a lot of stuff done writing wise this week, but I find myself unable to complete the next chapter because I’m feeling under the weather and can’t concentrate at all on what needs done right now. It’s just not coming together and I’ve been super tired all day.
I meant to get this post out a while ago but things came up. I’m making some changes and would like to inform you all of what is going on with me.
As many of you may know, my first book sold very well and that’s amazing. I’d like to thank all you readers for your support and remind you all of how much I appreciate it. Unfortunately, while my second book still sold well it sold noticeable worse than my first. This concerns me. If I put more books out are my sales going to keep going down? I was expecting sales to go up and planned for that eventuality, however I can’t depend on that now. The success of my first book may have been a fluke, which really sucks.
Thus, I’ve reluctantly decided to make some changes. The first draft of book 3 is up as a web serial but I won’t be focusing on getting it out as a book right now. Instead I’m going to be starting a new project that will hopefully draw in some new readers and get my name out there. It will be a completely new story in a new world, and be written as a book instead of a web serial, although I’m thinking of giving patrons access to the chapter drafts. I will share more information about this story soon.
Unfortunately, this new project is going to take up a fair amount of time and I only have so much, so I’m only going to start releasing a single chapter of The Iron Teeth every week, instead of sometimes releasing two. That means no more Wednesday chapters. I’m sorry that I have to do this but it is necessary right now. After over two years of writing this story I’m also starting to get fatigued, so a new writing project will hopefully reinvigorate me and allow me to get some new creative juices flowing.
Thanks for hanging with me. Expect Sunday releases as normal.