Art and More Art

After entirely too much time, I’ve finally finished my second foray into the world of sci fi. That is to say I’ve finally finished the first draft, so now I can stop worrying about what is going to happen and start worrying if things happened the way I intended. There is a long list of notes I left for myself in the text about retroactively changing details or making sure different timings work out, but this process tends to go a heck of a lot quicker than the initial writing, so with any luck you folks should see a brand new book before too long. More importantly, I got the finished version of the cover of the book, so those of you who have been waiting to see it, feast your eyes.

Karter and the funk!

That is Karter. He’s a little thinner than most people pictured him, but I’m thrilled with how it came out. If you’ve read the first book, you ought to recognize the furry little guy on the cover as a funk. One of them plays a very large role in this book. (See? I’ve been taking notes. ‘Make sure you get the artist to draw a picture of the cute character.’) Also, on the subject of artwork, I got my first piece of fan art sent to me. You can check it out on my artwork page, at the bottom. It is notable not only because it is the first time a fan has sent me art, but it is the first artistic depiction of Myn. (Okay, technically the second, but once again, let’s not split hairs.) She’s even holding the helmet she spends so much time chewing on!

Now that the good news is out of the way, I’ve got a more irritating announcement to make. Based on a few emails and comments I received, it seems like Amazon might have had a hiccup a few weeks back and distributed an obsolete edition of the book The Book of Deacon with some typos that I had fixed months ago. It is exceptionally difficult for me to know if this is the case, but I plan to take corrective action. Once I release Unstable Prototypes, I’m going to start working on getting the books in the trilogy The Book of Deacon Trilogy formatted for print-on-demand. (Enough people have expressed interest in print editions that I decided it was probably worth the effort.) That will involve reading through it yet again, then uploading a fresh version of each book prior to sending it off to the printers, so an updated version of book 1 and book 2 The Book of Deacon and The Great Convergence should each go up in the next two months. Book 3 The Battle of Verril will probably be later this year.

I guess that about covers recent happenings. Until the next big event, thanks for reading!

UPDATE: I realized that in the original post I switched from talking about the science fiction books to the Book of Deacon Trilogy without indicating it, which was darn confusing, so I made an update to clarify. That’s what I get for writing an update on my commute to work.


  1. Oh my another book to read! (yay!!) What are the first two? I need to start making my list of Joseph Lallo to read books. Heading over to take a look at Myn.

    Happy Writing 🙂

  2. Will the BODT be able to be in print as well? I remember reading somewhere on here that cost is an issue and you did’t want to charge very much or thought that people would shy away from spending over $10 for them. Well…. I wouldn’t blink to drop $10 on them. They are fantastic, exciting, fresh and fun to read. I really want my oldest son to read them, but no way am I leaving my kindle in his hands! lol. Looking forward to seeing them on the shelf!

    1. Now that I re-read my post, I wasn’t very clear. The books I was talking about for putting in print (Book 1, 2, then 3) were the Book of Deacon Trilogy. The sci fi books (of which there will be two, once I publish the second one) are low on the priority list for coming out in print. I’ll post an update to clarify.

  3. Ohhh, that’s exciting. Can I put my order in now? The kindle is fantastic, and I love it, but there is something to be said about having a solid book on the shelf. AND with such incredible book covers- those are a piece of art that deserve to be looked at.

    Looking forward to a release date.

    1. Thanks for the enthusiasm! It is going to be a while before I reach the point where I’m ready to set a price. If I end up taking pre-orders, it won’t be until then. I’ll certainly keep you updated on my progress, though.

  4. *** This is a restored comment left during a site malfunction. ***
    I am really pleased to have found this webpage with your comments about Amazons releasing books with errors. I am currently thoroughly engrossed in the second book reading it on my kindle, but i have found some strange mistakes in the print, for example- ‘flower pedal’ instead of flower petal. Thought i would just let you know, keep writing, i just wish i too could have a little dragon called MYN!

    1. Hi, thanks for the email. Yeah, I’m sorry about the errors. In a few weeks I hope to push a corrected version, but everything about the publishing business seems to take a very long time to happen, and this is doubly so when it is self-publishing. I’m glad you’re enjoying the books. Hopefully you enjoy the rest of the story just as much!

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