It has been a few weeks since I have posted anything, so I thought that I would do so today as I am at a good point in most of my projects.
The writing of Eruption, Book 2 of Conquerors of K’Tara, is progressing at a good pace, and it is becoming more and more exciting as I approach its conclusion. Today, I reached the 78% mark with the writing of a scene between Bilena Lux Baiula and the Magna Mater where the Yellow Sash informs Krystiana of a breakthrough her Sash has just made which should help the Sisterhood fight the enemy. Of course, 78% is only a relative measure, and I may be a little father or a little closer to completing the writing of Book 2 depending on whether I actually need more or less than 160,000 words to reach the end of it. Still, I feel good about my progress here, which means that sometime in the not-so-distant future, Eruption will be out for you to enjoy.
On the artwork side, only one illustration remains to be created for Eruption, a landscape this one, of Zebulonia. I am very excited about it, as I was about the other six Michele has already completed for Book 2. I think readers will truly enjoy seeing some of the protagonists (human and nonhuman) come to life in these illustrations.
The translation of Forebodings into French is also progressing well. Yesterday, I approved chapter 18 of 27 and sent comments and edits back to Claire Bourely on chapter 19.
Finally, I commissioned a special work to come with the release of Book 2, and this too should be well received, if it can be completed: those who have read Forebodings may remember that Lusk Methrim sings a single quatrain of a song in one of the scenes. I have since then completed the song, and Adam R. Watson agreed to put it to music as well as to give it his wonderful voice. He has shared his initial thoughts about it, and I liked his instrument selection, which give the song a mournful and portentous tone. Now, I wait for the first recording.