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When “Done” Isn’t “Done”

Hide and Seek is done. Well, very nearly, anyways.

Last night I wrote, and today I posted, the final chapter in my longest Special People story arc yet. It was Chapter 55, and the total length of the story is about 50,000 words.

I have a brief epilogue to write, containing one final scene, and then that’ll be that. The story will be finished and I can move on.

Except not quite.

My long-term goal with Special People is to package up the story arcs into (self-)publishable, printable books and sell them through my Store, alongside my other writing. Why hasn’t that happened yet? After all, I’d already completed three story arcs before I even started Hide and Seek.

Well, put simply, it’s because those stories aren’t ready to publish. It isn’t enough for me to wrap up the serialization of the story and get every chapter up on the website; I also have to deal with editing and, in some cases, rewriting, and there’s nothing that shuts down my creative urges like rewriting… Yuck.

Of the stories I’ve written for Special People so far, I’d say Hide and Seek is maybe in the most publishable shape, though Who Killed Walter Carton? came out pretty decently, too. (Trends suggest that I’m getting better over time!) But before I can release Hide and Seek as a novel, I know for sure that there’s one specific chapter I have to significantly rewrite, because I forgot to factor in the use of a character’s special ability, and I’m pretty certain there are a variety of problems with the continuity and flow of the story, simply due to the fact that my writing time was spread out over such a long time period. I guarantee I’ve forgotten some of the details of the early story, and made some blunders in the later chapters because of it.

Then, on top of all that, I have to consider whether it would even make sense to publish Hide and Seek before putting out the arcs that came before it. This is a tricky one, because Hide and Seek actually takes place 10 years before Hands-On and King of the Dark, and doesn’t require knowledge of those stories, but I feel like those earlier arcs may do a better job of introducing the reader to the Special People “universe” and its primary character(s).

If I decide that I want to publish the stories in the order I wrote them, that means I have to revisit my plans to rewrite Hands-On and King of the Dark. There’s a great road plan laid out for me to do so, but it’s going to take time to do it, and like I said, that doesn’t exactly get my creative juices flowing.

Thankfully, I’m going to have a month to work through whichever set of edits or rewrites I decide to pursue, while the comic, Change, gets posted. I’ll keep everyone updated on my plans as and when I make any decisions.

BECOMING Now Shipping

I received a package in the mail today, and lo and behold, it contained 20 copies of my new book, BECOMING!

I’ll be shipping those out to everyone who’s ordered one over the next few days. If you haven’t purchased a copy yet, get on it! They’re only $11.99 in my Store, and if you get BECOMING along with its predecessor, DISCOVERY, you can save a lot on the combined shipping.

Between BECOMING, various Special People projects, the nearly-finished Losing Freight, and the novel I’m still hoping to finish soon, this is turning into a really big summer!

Year of Stories, Quarter 2: Becoming

It’s always a fantastic feeling when I can release something I’ve written “into the wild” and give people the opportunity to hold it in their hands, read it, and, hopefully, enjoy it.

Today I’m so excited to announce the opening of preorders of the second Year of Stories collection, BECOMING. Like DISCOVERY before it, this book contains three months’ worth of short stories, 15 in total this time, making up around 195 pages of adventure, exploration, danger, decisions, and learning moments, hopefully not only for the characters but for you, the reader, as well.

You can grab yourself a copy of the book from my online Store right now for just $11.99 plus shipping, or let me know on Facebook or by some other means if you’d like to buy one from me in person. I’m hoping to have orders begin to ship by the end of June.

 

In related news, I announced in my most recent podcast that I will be taking a bit of break from the Year of Stories project to focus my efforts on continuing Special People, wrapping up Losing Freight, and hopefully finishing the novel I’ve been working on off and on for the past six months. This doesn’t mean that BECOMING will be last you see of the Year of Stories, but it does mean that Quarter 3 will probably be pushed back a few months, and may be presented in a slightly different format when I pick it up again. As always, watch this space and listen to my podcast for further news on this front.

Galloway’s Hunt — Now in Print!

I love having things I’ve written available in print, and the magic of print-on-demand publishing services makes that possible for all kinds of different projects!

The latest print offering I have for you is my novelette Galloway’s Hunt. You can grab it now from Amazon for $5.99. As a special bonus with the print edition, you get an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Galloway’s Voyage, which I’ve been making good progress on lately.

And as before, you can get the ebook either from my Store or from Amazon for 99¢.

Proof of DISCOVERY

I received my proof copy of DISCOVERY in the mail today, and it’s glorious, if I may say so myself. Check it out:

It looks great, it’s full of interesting stories, and it can be yours for just $11.99!

I’m going to start shipping out people’s orders on March 26, so if you want to be sure that you’re in on that first shipment, grab yourself a preorder today!

DISCOVERY

Do you prefer to hold books in your hands and see them on your shelf, rather than reading them off a screen? I know I do!

Now’s your chance to do exactly that with my newest print offering, DISCOVERY. This is the first quarterly Year of Stories print collection. It contains 13 stories and is about 200 pages long. Here’s the blurb from the Store page:

The first three months of Tim Sevenhuysen’s Year of Stories project are packed with real human characters making their way through fantastic challenges and strange worlds. From outer space to the high seas, from the far reaches of the future to an ancient kingdom torn by war, your journey will carry you to places of wonder and terror, hope and heartache, victory and defeat.

DISCOVERY contains 13 short stories, notably including Diana and the AnimalA Kingdom of WhiteDarla, Dragon Hunter, and Unsettled, as released on TimSevenhuysen.com between January and March 2012.

You can preorder your very own copy of DISCOVERY right now for $11.99. The proof is in the mail on its way to me right now, and I hope to officially release the book and start shipping people’s orders by mid-March.

If you’ve been looking for a good way to contribute to the Grocery Fund, maybe this is the right option for you!

If you live in Victoria (or will be in Victoria at some point) and would prefer not to pay shipping, send me an email and let me know you’d like a copy, and we can work out arrangements for how to get the book in your hands. (That goes for friends and family, too!)

The number of preorders I get will affect how many I have printed in the first run, so please place your order sooner rather than later and help me save on the shipping. Thanks!

Galloway’s Hunt

Today I’m releasing a new book called Galloway’s Hunt, available now in my Store and on Amazon for $0.99. Plus, read below for some exciting special offers related to the novel I’m working on based on the same title character!


Galloway’s Hunt is a novelette set in the world of Galloway’s Voyage, my work-in-progress novel.

At approximately 9,100 words, or 35 pages, Galloway’s Hunt will take the average reader 30 minutes to complete.

Synopsis
The Yuskian spring bison hunt is a generations-old rite of passage for the people of that country, and big game has always held a certain allure for Lucas Galloway. In the spring of 9970 he sets out to take part in the bison hunt with his good friend Jeremy Prinks, but he soon finds himself swept away on an adventure of literally gigantic proportions.

Purchase Options
You can buy the ebook of Galloway’s Hunt for only $0.99, but you also have the option to pay more and receive special bonuses. (Use the dropdown menu at the bottom of this page to select bonuses.)

  • For $1.99, I will email you and ask you to provide me with a title that I will use as inspiration for a 50-word story.
  • For $4.99, three buyers will be able to name minor characters in the Galloway’s Voyage novel.
  • The first person who pays $19.99 will be able to provide the name for one of the major characters in the Galloway’s Voyage novel.

Head over to the Store to take advantage of these special offers before all the naming rights get snapped up!

Profits from the sale of Galloway’s Hunt go towards meeting my Grocery Fund goals.