What’s next for Zare now that the Hoop Skirt Job is over? I’m planning to take a few weeks to focus on editing The River Rebellion and The Badlands Job. I’m not 100% sure what story I’ll tell next, but I have a feeling we’ll be returning to the Empire so you can see the inside of Narya’s reign.
I’m also looking into other platforms to see if there is a better place to be found by readers. Eventually, of course, all of these stories will be published in book form and available on Amazon and anywhere else I can manage it, and I’m also aware that plenty of people use Kindle as a publishing platform not unlike this serial. Imagine reading Zare in three chunks, 4 to 6 months apart, instead of sixty three chunks roughly a week apart?
Does that appeal to you more than the serialized version?
It’s an idea I’m exploring, though I confess I’m not wild about it.
Apparently Kindle is launching a serialized story platform, so I’ll be looking into that as a possible other distribution method.
I’ll be releasing Badlands in Chapter format to Patrons . Might be a little confusing since it’s now set before Hoopskirt. I apparently can’t tell a big story in order. XD
The Jobs both clock in around 80k words, and the Rebellion is right around 130k words. If it gets much longer in edits (doubtful) I may have to split it. I don’t love that idea, though. So far for every thousand words I’ve added in fleshing out plot, I’ve cut a thousands words in excess.
Fun fact, Charles Dickens and Dostoyevsky both published their novels serially in magazines. Of course, Dickens owned his magazine and Dostoyevsky did not, but they both wrote voluminous manuscripts.
I have wonderful news, we have a launch date for the new Zare adventure! The story will resume February 4th, stay tuned for the release of the story name and the world map. Oh! And now we have a page devoted to keeping track of places and characters in the story, in case you get lost or turned about at any point. Thanks to keyboard short cuts it’s super easy to find who you are looking for.
If you want to be in the know and get things a bit early, check out Zare’s Patreon page where you can become part of the adventure.
Thank you so much Patrons for your continued support while the story has been in development!
I’m so grateful to have you all on this adventure with me.
Took a break to paint!
Typically, I have The Badlands Job, The River Rebellion, and the new story open all at the same time so I can work on them concurrently. There are so many moving parts, I’m so looking forward to launching this in the new year.
In the works…
I’m so excited to say that I’ve officially put words down in the next adventure! I’ve also got a couple other projects underway–a character list and a map.
I love maps, but they are not easy! You might not believe this but I have, actually, had a map this whole time which I’ve been referencing. But, I’ve never scanned it and frankly it’s huge. But the time has come to bring it to the digital world so you can see what I’m seeing. This also entails some work to make it pretty.
**Also, check out this totally cool Zare hoodie, I’m sure I need one**
Special thanks to my Patrons, who support the rebellion.
(Get first-looks and the inside track on other behind the scenes info by becoming a Patron.)
I sketched this scene out with watercolors the other week, it’s such poignant moment for Zare. The first real loss you see her face beyond doubt. Her city, the old life, even the other people in her life she’s lost or left behind were all “off screen.” Most, also, were almost a year behind her at the start of our story.
Zare’s on Patreon!
Thank you so much for reading The Legend of Zare Caspian! It means so much to me to have people swept up in Zare’s adventures.
I have big news, I decided to launch a Patreon profile! Patreon is based on the idea of patronage, allowing people to directly support creators who work they enjoy on a monthly basis and get a few extra little perks as a thank you.
You won’t have to be a patron to read Zare’s adventures, but your patronage buys me more time for Zare. This in turn brings us closer to The Legend of Zare Caspian; The Badlands Job The Actual Physical Book, and a more reliable weekly dose of adventure on Monday mornings.
Click here to go to Patreon. Every little bit helps, I’m so thankful for each of you no matter how much or little you can give!
One day I will write A’rora’s story.
All the Watercolor
I went a little crazy the other night. You can tell the dress was the culmination of the evening’s practice. By far the best use of light and dark. Also another chapter in me torturing mixed media paper and forcing it to carry watercolors (which, its not REALLY meant for…hence wrinkles).