Category: Writing

Progress on LOD2

Another belated post that Earthpillar subscribers received in October. I’ve been fixated on my next novel, the direct sequel to Lords of Deception. Let’s start calling it LOD2, since I haven’t revealed the title. I’ve drafted more than 30 chapters since mid-August, so probably… Continue Reading “Progress on LOD2”

Obsessed with the details

I’ve used the past 12 weeks or so reading too much pandemic news and procrastinating writing my next novel. But I haven’t been unproductive. I wrote a 300-page Earthpillar Encyclopedia to capture my world-building covering my 3 novels and several short stories. So what’s… Continue Reading “Obsessed with the details”

Naming Conventions

I’ve received a few comments about the naming conventions of characters in the first novel. So for anyone interested, this post is about how I designed them. There are currently 32 cultures in the world Earthpillar that have distinct naming conventions. These are influenced… Continue Reading “Naming Conventions”

New Excerpt Posted!

Now that editing has progressed on Book One, I’ve posted an excerpt for it here. Enjoy! Also of note, you may have noticed the Novels and excerpt pages have changed. After discussing with my primary editor, I’ve decided to publish the third book (written… Continue Reading “New Excerpt Posted!”

Where are the Books?

Wow, nearly 19 months have passed since my last post. Clearly I’m not the type to provide even semi-regular updates on my progress. So, where are the books? As mentioned before, I hired professional freelance editors, proofreaders, and concept artists to refine my work.… Continue Reading “Where are the Books?”

Introducing Loremark Publishing

At last, I’d like to introduce Loremark Publishing, my new company that will publish the world of Earthpillar. The company’s website is still under construction, but it’s a giant step closer to delivering these books into your hands. Additionally, I’ve finally found an editor… Continue Reading “Introducing Loremark Publishing”

Publishing Plans

If you’re still with me, thanks for sticking around. I’ve been preoccupied with the second draft of Book 3 and setting up a publishing company. You read that right. I decided to take a middle road between traditional publishing and the indie route. Since… Continue Reading “Publishing Plans”

Book 3 First Draft Completed

Today I finished the first draft of Book 3, earlier than expected. The characters demanded I keep up with them, so I just rolled along. The book practically wrote itself in ten weeks (excluding early development), thanks to my sabbatical. What happens next? I’ll… Continue Reading “Book 3 First Draft Completed”

Book 3 Update

I’m about three weeks away from finishing the first draft of Book 3. I nearly doubled my writing quota during the past week as the book is coming to its exciting conclusion. My weekly goal is to write ten chapters; I wrote 17 this… Continue Reading “Book 3 Update”

Farewell Danleri, Hello Arasemis

I completely re-wrote the prologues and epilogues for Book 1 and Book 2. Danleri the historian has been replaced by a more interesting dialogue between characters that will appear in Book 3. Read the new Book 1 prologue here. Don’t worry if you liked… Continue Reading “Farewell Danleri, Hello Arasemis”

Return to Book 3

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… Continue Reading “Return to Book 3”

Shorts & Maps

I mostly took a break from the novels over the past two months to write short stories. I have a novelette and five shorts currently submitted to online magazines for potential publication. A second novelette is currently being edited. All of these stories take… Continue Reading “Shorts & Maps”

Book 2 Sample Chapter

Greetings and Happy New Year! Now that two beta readers have finished most of the second novel, I’ve posted one of the chapters as an excerpt here [removed]. An excerpt from book 1 is still available here [removed], and a peek at books 1-3… Continue Reading “Book 2 Sample Chapter”

What is Earthpillar?

Earthpillar is our planet Earth, formed and evolved differently. The laws of physics are the same (no magic) and all characters are human. But the continents and the peoples are different, and once-extinct animals still live. Materials, especially metals, evolved with different properties. And… Continue Reading “What is Earthpillar?”

In The Beginning…

Greetings, I’m Chris. I’ve written fiction for as long as I can remember, but I always kept it under wraps because I didn’t know what I was doing and never took it seriously. I entertained myself and that was enough, until friends encouraged me… Continue Reading “In The Beginning…”