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

Abridged Title: The Lost Guardian

My Title Debacle 

After getting some feedback from a few readers, I was encouraged to modify my book title to simply The Lost Guardian. Book number two will simply be In The Shadows. I decided to drop the “Immortal Light” portion because it is just a mouthful to say and some believed it weakened the face-value interest in the book.

In The Shadows

I’ve been working hard on book #2 and am pleased to say that I’m about 60,000 words into it (that’ roughly 250 pages). There has already been some conflict and a HUGE reveal. While I am excited about finishing this book, I’ve decided to take a short break from it so that I can focus on reworking my query for The Lost Guardian. I believe the biggest reason I’m not getting constructive feedback from agencies is because my query makes The Lost Guardian sound so anemic or run-of-the-mill. I need to spice it up a bit.

Wish me luck on getting an agent soon, so EVERYONE can get a chance to partake in The Lost Guardian.