As Dr. Kleiner once said, "this is a red letter day."
After months and months of waiting, I finally received my official certificate in the mail for Ferius Foxfur. That's right, dear friends! Ferius has been formally registered with the Copyright Office and now resides somewhere within the hallowed halls of the Library of Congress. I think. I'm actually not sure how that works, but at least I have the certificate now! Having a formal document from the United States government about my own work makes it feel all the more special. I feel truly blessed that I had the time and means to publish it in April.
If you haven't yet read my first short story, a completely amateur soiree into fiction, you can find it exclusively on Amazon's Kindle store, to be read on all manner of devices. Including Kindles! Looking back, I can see how much I've grown as a writer, even through the course of this year. And my next story, I can assure you, will be much better, and -- I hope -- more deserving of your time.
In truth, I'm not terribly proud of Ferius. I consider the story an excellent learning experience, but it was too rushed and too short. Missteps I hope to straighten out in future works. Ferius clocked in at about 6,700 words, which is brief by all accounts. The draft of my next story is already happily sitting at 10,000 words, and I'm only half done, at best.
As you can see, I had a longer, more complex story to tell. One that I hope you deem worthy of purchase.
This new story follows a young, traveling singer as she competes in a famous tournament for bards. It plays on my almost embarrassing love of tavern scenes in fantasy films and books, and also allows me to practice at poetry and song once again. I wrote quite a bit of poetry when I was in school, but haven't kept up with it until recently. Spoiler alert: I'm an awful poet.
With all that said, I'm hoping to publish this next work as soon as I'm able. Changing jobs (twice) and wedding Neethi (delightful) dominated a substantial amount of my time these past months, so I haven't written as much as I would have liked. But the past few weeks have given me opportunity to force the gears back into motion, and I'm writing every weekend, as planned.
Hopefully at this pace I'll be able to publish my second story before the end of the year. I think that's a realistic deadline, but my priority is making it as excellent as my petty skill allows. I suddenly realize how wonderful the mantra "it's ready when it's ready" can be, as used by so many of the best video game developers out there...
If you have any questions about my second story, please feel free to leave them below, or email them to me. You can find all sorts of helpful links on the Contact section of my site.
With that, I'll get back to more writing, and see you all soon. Thank you for reading.