It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, and for this I apologize. It’s been beyond hectic, with my car dying, my getting sick, and then managing to injure my drawing hand as I now have done at this time of the year for the third year in a row. I have however, set my mind on the various stories going on during this season of apparent setbacks, and so while I’ve not written or drawn very much, a great deal has gotten ‘done’ in the sense of some of the subtler aspects of where the stories are going. I’ll admit that writing about Katarina at 22 years old, going on an adventure with Gladden while at the same time writing about her at age 12 is challenging, even frustrating at times. I went in this direction initially to give myself a sort of target in respect to where Katarina’s personality was going, since the novels start with her at 11 years old or so. I still think it was the best decision; it’s just tricky switching between the two.

I’ve been stuck in chapter 1 of the second novel for a good while now, though I suspect that once I get past the final scene and rewrite some of the earlier ones, the next few chapters should go by pretty quickly. In fact, with Katarina the Dragonslayer and the Foebreaker’s Curse, most of the the book was written from May to July, including a rewrite of the first chapter and a lot of editing… so there is hope ;)

For the curious, Book 2, Katarina the Dragonslayer and the Secret of Kilara’s Keep is where the storyline starts to get a bit more complex, and Kat begins to know a bit more of the world as the affairs of the Empire, the intrigues of the Stone Prophets, and the scheming ways of one badly behaved elf come together to unravel the ancient mysteries of the ancient Pelethite Stronghold. We’ll also get to see more of how magic works in their world, and there will be some revelations about who the Stone Prophets were and what they’re up to.

May the Maker find you fighting,