Hello, all. I know that I haven’t posted any updates in a very, very long time.
The reason for the update is that I have made some alterations to the story. I decided to remove chapter one, which kind of hurt because I liked it but nothing was really happening for a long time. So now chapter two has become one and three is now two. I’ve also cropped the top couple of paragraphs from the latter chapter and placed them at the end of the former. This helps with the flow of the narrative. So instead things reading like a prologue that runs into the next chapter, everything kind of hits the ground running and, in my opinion, makes for a more interesting opening. The reader is kind of thrust into this world of techno-sorcery and then things take on a normal pace as chapter two introduces the crew of the Furnier.
However, I’m not completely trashing the chapter with the prince and grandfather. I’ll use it somehow, someway, just somewhere else. I’ve had an idea for a tie-in short story involving two characters whom I haven’t written about yet, Garm and Grimsinger. The tie-in would detail how the two came to be in the presence of our heroes later in the book and it is by no coincidence. I’ve also created a new character, Lady Luck. She, like Garm and Grimsinger, is an avatar and an infinite immortal. She isn’t actually lucky, however, luck (both good and bad) follow her wherever she goes. Her role will be minor but significant, especially when reading the tie-in idea. If more ideas like this come to mind during the writing of The Sovereign Queen, then perhaps I’ll make a collection of short stories to accompany the book.
For those wondering why this update took so long, I took a break once the contest ended. I had been in a bit of a writing frenzy during the contest trying to put out as much content as possible to generate interest and it was exhausting. Then, after taking a break (which probably lasted longer than it should’ve), my wife gave birth to our first son. I say first because we had a second boy a few months ago so I’ve been pretty busy with work and babies. But in all honesty that’s more of an excuse than a reason. I’m definitely going to continue writing this story though I’m not sure how often I’ll post updates. I won’t let two years go by before the next one, that’s for sure.
Thanks for reading and thank you all for showing an interest in my book. I hope you haven’t forgotten about it and I hope you’re all still interested in reading it.
Until next time.