Child of Aurumice came back from my editor. I'm still reviewing all the comments, but his overarching concern is both exciting and gut-punching. I have written two books. My editor's intuition is dead on, as when I wrote the original outline, it was two books. As the story evolved, I thought I didn't have enough content for two stories, so I left it as one book, the length rivaling Mark of the Castle. I need time to process all the comments before I rush to make this change. If I go through with it, bad news for you all, book three is delayed. However, on the bright side, you get two books and more story! This isn't the only Centernia project on the horizon. For years, I've written short stories from different parts of the Centernia timeline, from Elina's childhood to Nico's ultimate sacrifice. I had considered putting the stories up on the website for free or offering them for 99 cents each. Neither felt right. Instead, I'm experimenting with a
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I was organizing my studio and came across this tattered old document. As we’re coming upon the one year anniversary of Mark of the Castle, I thought it would be a perfect time to share the original outline. As I completed each chapter, I would fill in the chapter number with a scribble of pen. The yellow, green, and lavender backgrounds denote the three acts of the story. I always had a solid path, but I wandered on and off it as the plot evolved. I’m a very digital person, but sometimes I just need something physical to grip onto and reassure myself that I am moving forward. This document was only ever intended for my eyes. It’s not spell-checked, half-thoughts are scribbled, but this is as close to my brain as you can get. So without further introduction, this is the Mark of the Castle that could have been. :-) Click here to view the six page outline in full-screen mode.
Centernia book three, Child of Aurumice , is in the hands of the final beta reader. It’s time to dust off this old blog. So much has happened. The world broke. I’m hiding in my house in upstate NY, spending my days chasing my kids. I haven’t seen the inside of a Wegmans in eight months. Illustration work has exploded in a great way and at the same time I’ve had some medical challenges. When I sat down to write this post I wasn’t sure what my goal was other than to present a teaser for Child of Aurumice . A chapter? A short comic? How can I give you a taste of this wild new story of castles and misguided mages? I settled on a playlist. I write to music. Through the years I’ve amassed a gigantic playlist for Centernia of over five hundred songs. I’ve sorted through them, and I present you three Spotify playlists, one for each book. I invite you to make your own interpretations. For those of you who are just too curious, I’ve created a list below the links with character as