I posted this before, but it’s about to disappear from Blogger, so here goes.
Book 2 of The Castes and the OutCastes is going to be titled A Warrior’s Knowledge, and I expect it to be around the same length as A Warrior’s Path.
Right now, I’m 3/5 of the way through with the first draft, but there is a large problem with a big chunk of what I wrote, and I’ll have to essentially redo that section. It’s nothing to do with plot but more to do with execution.
That’s the good news.
Now for the bad news.
Because of events outside my control, until 4/30/2014, I won’t be able to get much writing done. It’s all because of my other profession. In the job that pays the bills, I have to take a periodic examination called Board Re-certification. It’s an unholy pain in the backside, but it’s absolutely necessary. There’s no winging it. To pass the test I’ll be studying several hours a day every day. In other words, it pretty much takes up all my free time.
I am truly sorry that I can’t finish A Warrior’s Knowledge more quickly, but this is the way life sometimes works out. However, as soon as the test is finished, I’ll be jumping straight back into A Warrior’s Knowledge.
Also, I should be able to work the section that I don’t like into shape by the time of the test. Then it’s just another 2-3 months to complete the novel followed by editing. One final piece of good news: I’ve already completed a large chunk of what’s going to be Book 3 as well, so the wait between book 2 and book 3 will be shorter.