Today I return to writing Book 3. Four years ago I stopped after writing about 100 pages because I didn't want to tackle its complexity (four main characters) as we were expecting our first child. Then I was compelled to write Book 1 and Book 2 as prequels to Book 3. Now that I have two novels under my belt, along with two novelettes, several short stories, and an Earthpillar atlas, I'm ready to return to Book 3.
What atlas? I drew it while working on the short stories. I wanted to give scale to the continent of Pemonia and be consistent when writing about places separated by long distances and centuries of time.
For now the atlas covers 28 province-sized regions of Pemonia (only about half the continent) fitted together on a giant 8 ft x 7 ft heavy art paper map. Rivers and elevation changes are illustrated with Derwent tinted charcoal. It is a tool for my writing and a professional can improve it in the future, but you can view a sample on the Maps Page [no longer available].
Thanks for reading about the progress of my work. I'll pursue publishing options with more gusto later this summer. Then hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as I've enjoyed writing it. For now, back to writing...