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Monday, November 14, 2011

WTF Is Taking Warmage So Long?

I wish I had a nickle for every time someone asked me that.  I'd have almost a buck now.

The fact is, I was on-target to deliver the MMS to my editor by Hallowe'en, when I had a spate of personal issues ranging from sick kids to a three-molar extraction and subsequent painkiller binge, immediately after my trip to the NY ComicCon, followed by pre-holiday crap, end-of-semester crap, a wife who went to two conferences in one week, and general Super Daddy mayhem.  Oh, plus I work a demanding day-job.  So Warmage, while it's 90% complete, isn't done yet.

My bad.

When you're trying to guesstimate just how long it's going to take you to write something, you're usually off by a factor of 6 months or so.  Which means if I get this puppy done by the end-of-month, then I can get my editor to knock it out, format it, and have it up by Christmas.

That's The Plan.

But here's the thing: I might not.  Holidays and stuff.  Real life.  It really gets in the way of one's career aspirations, but what can you do?  I'm going to do my damnedest, but if it's a choice between finishing a mediocre book on time or finishing a good book late, I'll choose the latter, because I have integrety towards my craft and I am lazy.

That being said . . . I'm still shootin' for early December.  No, really.

Also, a brief note on Spellmonger: my editor has it now, and as soon as she's done slashing and hacking, I'll put up a second edition with far, far fewer gramatical mistakes.  Since my editor is a Professor of Journalism, I expect that the second edition will therefore be much more readable.  Tell your friends.

And anyone who posts a positive review on and then emails me at with the subject line: SYCOPHANT, then I'll send you the rough-draft copy of the first chapter as it stands.   A positive review means three stars or above.  I consider anything two stars and below to be negative, which means you probably don't want to read the sequel anyway.


  1. Let's see here... Spellmonger, then Warmage... Logical progression says it's either Archmage next, or Mage-Lord and then Archmage. ... Wow, I'm boring.

  2. After Warmage is Mage Lord . . . then Mage Knight, then Court Mage, then Shadowmage, then Foot Wizard, then Seamage . . . and then maybe one or two others before I conclude the series triumphantly. Or in obscurity, depending upon how well I write.

    But yes, I've always planned this out as a series, and as long as I can keep them entertaining, I'll keep telling the story.

  3. And here I thought you said it was NOT going to be like Robert Jordan and the WOT series... the only problem you have are people like myself finally forgetting there is a sequel to go and purchase by the time your done. And neither of us are getting any younger. :P

  4. Sorry to ask the redundant question but I am a huge fan of your work, but when IS Warmage coming out? Im dying to read it

  5. I would love to have the answer to that question myself. I've been trolling this blog for 3 weeks hoping to see that it had been released

  6. Loved the book... as I said in my Amazon review I have no problems waiting for the follow-up.

  7. Well, is magelord ready yet? The last i heard was march of this year now we are in would be better if you didn't give us a time frame your not following because then we start the wtf messages and acting like asses when we are let down.