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I’m still alive, I promise!!!

You’re probably all wondering what the heck is going on with book 2. Well, the good news is that we’re still on schedule, but that could easily change depending on what the editors say and how Scott–my awesome graphic designer–is coming with designs for both books. So please DON’T BE SURPRISED if the date gets pushed out a little bit.

We’re still shooting for December 2nd. I want you all to have

an opportunity to get your hands on it before gift-giving season.

I will be doing a few giveaways in the early days after the release. I haven’t decided quite how that’s going to work, but I haven’t forgotten those of you who shared the first release date banner on Facebook; your drawing hasn’t been forgotten.

Keep checking back. As we move closer to the release, I’ll be posting more news, pics, info, etc.

Thanks for all of your support as my team and I race toward the finish line. You guys rock!!!

-John

P.S. I’m working on a little something for the middle grade audience. It’s four boys being boys, traveling to other worlds, fighting bad guys, rescuing a friend, and hoping to get back in time for dinner. And then there’s a girl who makes sure they don’t screw it all up. Stay tuned after the new year for that one.

Update…WHOA!!! Has it really been that long!?

Well, it has really been a long time since I’ve updated this thing. I should hire an assistant to do this for me, but that would cost money and as we all know, teacher/writer/musician/photographer really just means I’m a renaissance man of the lowest paying jobs in the world. So, yeah, quarterly updates it is.

As I finish up the school year and the book, I’ve been looking for inspiration and motivation and a way to de-stress. What that boils down to is that I’ve been watching so much Star Trek that Sarah actually requested no Sci-Fi for our movie night last week. Star Trek–as odd as it sounds–is sort of my go-to catharsis. In the the past three weeks I’ve watched Star Trek II (I actually watched this one twice in two days), III, TOS (3 episodes), 2009, and even Into Darkness (which was AWESOME!!!!), and that’s not counting the Enterprise episodes we watched a month ago. I don’t know if anyone else has a preferred method of unwinding, but if you do, let me hear it in the comments, I’m curious.

I’ve done it, yet, I haven’t finished. While I’ve reached my goal of more than 115,000 words (currently sitting at 118,000+) I still have yet to finish book two, but WAIT! Put down the pitchforks and torches, I’m almost there, really, I am. I imagine about three more chapters to finish it up. Two weeks, maybe three… I think that’s feasible. I guess we’ll find out. Once school is out, I’ll have a lot more time to figure out the time line for editing and getting it out to the betas.

As for the content of the book, ¬†I’ve gone through a few versions of a few different ¬†characters and scenarios (which drives Sarah nuts because I’ll tell her one thing will happen and then the characters decide that’s not what they want to do and I change it as I write). This book is going to be a lot more complex than the other in that it follows more characters in more time periods. There’s a lot to it, so I hope it goes over well with the Betas.

I’m excited to finish the book. I think it’s going to be great. I can’t wait for you all to read it. Stay tuned for a beta-reader opportunity. If you think you’d like to be a beta-reader, hold that thought because I’ll need a few more after Sarah and my mom read it; I’m thinking late summer or early fall.

Thank you all for your support and I’ll try to update more frequently.

-John