Arcane Depository: Novelette Update #1

Chalice of Oblivion Novelette

Background art by Garik Barseghyan from Pixabay 

Creating this story has been its own adventure and feels like the Monty Python bit about building castles in a swamp and hoping the third castle remains above water.

In January, as I prepared to start revisions on A Dangerous Magic, the reality and demands of publishing meant I should start getting readers excited about the novel and the series. The best way I could think to do that was to write a short story prequel. So I set about writing one. But it became a novelette sized book and spoiled some of the most important parts of the novel.

I started again. This time, it was a completely separate adventure unrelated to the novel. But it also didn’t fit well to introduce the world of the novel. I was having a blast writing these stories, but from a reader’s perspective, they just didn’t feel right coming before the novel. So I tried a third time.

The result is Chalice of Oblivion. Again, I loved writing this story. Thomas and Carli are minor characters in the novel and series, and this allowed me to explore them a little. The story became a way to introduce the magic and my alternate 1890s world to readers who haven’t read anything in the series.

Chalice of Oblivion is a novelette, about 12,800 words or 50 printed pages. I completed revisions last week, and the copy edited uncorrected proof is sitting on my desk waiting for me to give it a thorough going over. Once that’s done and the book formatting is complete, it will be available for anyone to read for free.

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Thanks. Until next time,