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What’s happening with Memories of Prophecies?

by Nov 3, 2020Wonderings10 comments

Hey all,

Hope everyone had a nice Halloween. It was quiet in my parts, which was good, and I’ll stop right there because I don’t want to rant about Covid. I’m going to move on to an update on my writing. I’m officially done with the first draft of book 2, Memories of Prophecies, and I’m feeling better about the book, which is a good thing because for a while, I was having serious doubts.

I’ve said I’m shooting for a release date to be in the latter part of the first quarter of 2021, and that’s still the aim. Right now, I’m on schedule, but I’m also too close to the book. I need outside, critical eyes, people who will tell me where the book falls flat or whether the story and plot are disappointing.

Thankfully, I have two editors who’ll start that process. I’ll send the book to one editor in December, make revisions, and send it to the other editor in January. More revisions will follow, and then it goes to the alpha readers. The world’s toughest alpha reader, my sister, will be reading it then. Another polishing, and then the beta readers get it. A final grammar check, and then it should be ready to release.

That’s the plan, and we’ll see if the book is good enough to skate through without needing huge changes to the story, plot, and characterizations. If it doesn’t, I’ll be thrilled, but I’m also not willing to release something I don’t feel is worthy. Which means I really want some useful criticism, and oddly enough, I’m looking forward to it.

Less thrilling in all this is how difficult it has become to keep track of all the world-building. It isn’t just this series and world, but since all my books are intertwined, I have to constantly refer back to the Castes and William Wilde to make sure I don’t contradict myself. That isn’t easy, and I can understand why Robert Jordan hired people to check continuity for him with the Wheel of Time. The current series, Instrument of Omens, won’t come close to the length of Wheel of Time, but the entirety of the Anchored Worlds saga likely will. After all, there are two more realms and two other timelines to explore. Yikes!

Anyway, that’s where things stand right now.

10 Comments

  1. Earl Jenkins (Jay)

    I would love to be an Alpha Reader!

    I read the Testament of Steel in 2 days and was fascinated! Now that I know all of your other series are linked, I’ve downloaded them all and will read through them.

    I honestly haven’t felt excitement for a novel SINCE WoT… I was an avid fan or Jordan’s and eagerly anticipated his book releases each year until his death and was heart-broken. My hope was restored by his wife and Branden Sanders as the series final books were completed.

    I had a ritual with Jordan… each year before a release, I would re-read all his novels up to the last released book so that “nothing” was missing when the new book came out. Matrim was always my favorite! No one could attract trouble like he could.

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    • Davis

      WoT and LotR were the two series that made the most impact on me as a reader and a writer. I actually wrote and am writing Instrument of Omens as an homage to those two series, so to say I’m stunned by the comparison is an understatement. Wow! I don’t know what else to say, except I’ll do my best to follow in Jordan’s footsteps while still making it my own story.

      Davis

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  2. Matt

    Just finished Testament of Steel in less than a day. The comparisons to Jordan are well earned, and the racial interactions echo LOTR. Instantly a fan and can’t wait for the sequel. Thank you for sharing these stories and doing what you do, I look forward to more. Thank you.

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    • Davis

      Thank you for that amazing comparison. This is my love letter to those two series, so to hear that it gives off the same vibes is a wonderful thing to hear. And I will definitely keep on writing! The stories demand to come out of my head.

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  3. Eli

    I would also love to be a alpha reader I loved Testament of Steel and loved how you wrote it. Many authors don’t take the time to provide a good backstory but you definitely took the time and I liked that.

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    • Davis

      Thanks, Eli! I’m glad you liked it so well. That’s always a wonderful thing to read on a Monday morning. The backstory is the foundation for these kind of stories, and it has to hang together. And thank you for offering to be an alpha reader. However, email me directly at davisashura@davisashura.com, and I’ll let you know what that entails.

      Sincerely,

      Davis

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  4. Hugues

    Thanks for the amazing book !
    I have just finished testament of steel and my only disappointment was the missing book 2 🙂
    While waiting for you to finish it I started reading the caste series and I’m confused by the cross characters between the series (I’m just on the first chapters though).
    Can all the series be read in any order or did I spoiled it by reading Testament of steel first ?

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    • Davis

      Hi Hugues,

      Thank you for giving the book a try! Book 2 is coming along. It’s looking solid for a March 2021 release. As for the cross-overs, there really are only four, but I do reference others. Also, the good news is that while all the books in all the series are intertwined, they can be read separately and in any order. However, if you read William Wilde, there will be portions of the new series that will be made more clear, like you’ll know who Cinder and Anya truly are, but it shouldn’t ruin the enjoyment of the journey.

      Davis

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  5. Jo

    I would love to be an alpha reader. Just Finished reading the entire series (so far!) over the past week. I’ve really enjoyed the world building and the character development. I love that there are strong female characters like Jessira, Serena, and let’s not forget Aia. Also enjoyed the Amalgamation of Indian and wester flavour. Eagerly awaiting the next book to learn what happens to Cinder and Anya.

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    • Davis

      Hi Jo,

      You’ve finished both series in one week. Gulp! That’s some fast reading, lol. Thank you for offering to be an alpha reader. Email me directly at davisashura@davisashura.com, and I’ll be able to give you more information.

      Davis

      Reply

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