Archive through January 23, 2014

Janny Wurts Chat Area: Arc 4: Sword of the Canon: Destiny's Conflict: Status Updates: Archive through January 23, 2014
   By Neil on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 03:19 pm: Edit Post

Anyone named lysaer and arithon should probably get signed copies of Curse of the mistwraith ;-)

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 01:53 pm: Edit Post

Wow, kids named after characters? That is amazing...

Update angst: just when I thought I had this section of this chapter licked - I find I don't. Front half of the chapter has to be torn apart and a scene I THOUGHT was superfluous to the story (planned from way back) that I'd cut in favor of the chase, well, it has to be put back in....another day in the life of the writer.

Slicing those pages back into component parts starting now....but I know it's the right thing to do because suddenly the sequences coming out of that bit are flowing together and locking into place.

Anybody read the new e short story just posted? If you did for the first time, did it shift your awareness of the series in general? The shorts definitely do add depth and flesh out aspects of the storyline.

   By Gill on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 02:39 pm: Edit Post

Started my reread, Janny, so no hurry with the next.

Would love to read your short stories but too much of a scaredy cat to use dollars rather than pounds which is why I was hoping for a little anthology.

   By Annette on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 04:38 pm: Edit Post

The ebook versions of the short stories are really cheap, and come with their very own brand new cover art, which is in colour if you read them on the PC. For the price of a cup of coffee you could get three short stories to read. And Janny accepts Paypal which I prefer to use.

   By DarthJazy on Saturday, November 02, 2013 - 10:29 am: Edit Post

I will have to read the short stories now. someday I'll be at a book signing and get a signed collection for my kids. Janny you do something that I could never do in a million years and thats wright stories to entertain us for years and characters we love. I will say that when this story does end I will be sadder than when a good tv series i love ends.

   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 12:16 am: Edit Post

Almost done with the Solaris book (and there were several good offerings in that one in addition to the Tale spinner's contribution Reins of Destiny). Getting ready to move on to Sundering Star...

And it's too quiet in here, folks!

   By Annette on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 01:34 am: Edit Post

We are all lurking in the darkness waiting for the next status update.

   By Sleo on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 08:24 am: Edit Post

lol :-)

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 09:27 am: Edit Post

Well the offending scene is now shredded and shoved forward, and the new scene is in progress and flowing well, so it mattered, that rearrangement. The bit I am working on today has been in a draft form since the late seventies - I am sanding the edges to fit, and with luck will polish that section off, today.

Then the good news will be, the next chapter is already well along, as the prior scene gets altered to fit.

   By David Cornelson on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 12:50 pm: Edit Post

Just read the three short stories. Never knew they existed. Bite sized morsels of Janny's imagination. I could go for more of that sort of thing. Now I'm wondering if someone could alter the publishing industry by selling chapters for $1.50 directly to readers.

Of course the logistics are somewhat unrealistic (but no impossible). I assume a good author would want to hold all content until they were sure it all worked together as a whole. There always may be a need to go back and a hint or tidbit of back story to cover the next book or to solidify later scenes.

Anyway...thanks for the stories Janny. As always, you leave me wanting more.

   By Annette on Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 04:44 pm: Edit Post

Thanks for the news Janny, so you are up to chapter 8 now or 9?

This would have to be the only series where the snippets rejected or which just did not work out, would be as interesting as what we finally end up with. Must be all that character development that we get so attached to Janny's WoLaS characters. even if we get several views of one event, I am always wondering what everyone else was thinking and doing, especially as we never know what some are thinking. They are all such a secretive lot, and Janny is always careful not to give too much away. I am looking forward to finally getting some answers this time rather than just more clues and glimpses.

I am happy enough to wait for the entire book, chapter by chapter would drive me nuts. Especially in a book which is going to be even worse than Peril's Gate with the emotional roller coaster ride.

   By Robert Kerr on Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 07:04 am: Edit Post

Hi Janny! I was in a bookshop the other day and happened to ask if they had a release date for Destiny's Conflict, and they told me mid-2015! My face must have looked extremely woebegone, as the assistant then laughed at me :-(

Is mid-2015 anywhere near accurate?

   By Robert Kerr on Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 07:10 am: Edit Post


   By Mark Stephen Kominski on Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 07:37 am: Edit Post

Imagine having a scene in your head (or possibly on paper, too) for 40+ years and not finding the right place to insert it, or having to wait because you know you need to say other things first.

And Robert, at least you get an answer. I stopped asking, because the clerks around here don't seem to think it necessary to look beyond their inventory...

   By Janny Wurts on Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 01:19 pm: Edit Post

That answer is NOT ACCURATE! I've said and said and said!!!!! before the book is turned in and set into production NO date would be locked. Whatever is flying about is dubious, tentative, and not set in stone, it's somebody's guess, and at this stage, I can't even begin to figure out whose it might be, or where that originated.

The only accurate measure is the status thread, and my word on it. I hate and hate like crazy that dates that are not fixed get tossed out there - it makes the readers go ballistic and does nothing at all for an author with a work in progress.

I have enough piled up on my plate (life stuff/cash flow/other e books in production to try to level out the rising cost of living, added burden of publicity efforts against diminishing returns/aging parent) without adding more angst to the mix.

This book is coming along incredible. Mark has it: you work and you work to make it that way, but as the series winds into its (you will NOT imagine it) enormous finale, NOTHING can be out of place. It takes a lot of tinkering to be sure nothing is awry, that no stitches are dropped, and that the stuff that fleshes out and deepens the backdrop world DO NOT slow down the ramping upwards of the pace. It's almost like writing short fiction in that, every single line has to be boiled down to brass tacks WITH about a dozen levels all in play at once, and NOTHING wasted.

Meantime, this outburst of frustration isn't a bitch fest - THANK YOU Robert Kerr for mentioning the work to that store clerk - any such enthusiasm HELPS THE VISIBILITY. And there, I can use all the help I can get.

This series is much MUCH deeper and more complex than the Empire books, which are a lot better known - and it is still extremely needful to have reader feed back visible out there to drive internet sales (where the upshot of the publishers' conclusion on the new market changes is that PEOPLE PURCHASE WHAT THEY ARE ALREADY AWARE OF, THEY DO NOT GO TO ONLINE VENUES TO BROWSE) - wider awareness will bring in more readership - this series still needs to find those who appreciate the depth and the nuance of it.

I am hoping VERY much that the re-release of some of the earlier, simpler books from my career in e book format will help draw in that wider awareness, or at least engage some of the Empire readership that is accustomed to a read of less density.

Further helpful suggestions are warmly welcome. Every single reader who checks into this chat is an ally, so thank you profoundly for your enthusiasm.

   By Annette on Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 01:22 pm: Edit Post

No one but Janny is going to have any idea of when the book will be published, since she is still writing it. And Janny is not likely to tell us even the year she hopes it will be published in, till after the final manuscript is handed in. But if it takes almost 12 months after she finishes writing and hands it in till we see the book, mid 2015 sounds at least a possibility, we will not be getting the new book next year. Year is almost over and Janny is I think only up to chapter 8, I would hope for at least 14 chapters, and then there is all that polishing to do.

So no point asking some poor clueless clerk to come up with a date, they would have no idea.

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 03:57 pm: Edit Post

Chapter Set seven is complete, Chapter 8 is well underway, current draft manuscript page count is 572.

   By Annette on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 07:58 pm: Edit Post

Thanks for the update Janny.

   By Gary Coady on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:14 am: Edit Post

It's great to hear the work is progressing. I imagine it could be a huge thrill to see snippets from... 35 years ago!... finally slotting into place. And at that timescale, this must be a pivotal moment. No sneak preview here, I predict.

Just got Master of Whitestorm, I'd never been able to buy a copy before; I hope the release will be a great success (especially to introduce people to your stories).

   By Janny Wurts on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 10:22 am: Edit Post

Thank you so very much, Gary Coady, and yes, I am hoping the same thing! That this makes an easier entry point for new writers, particularly some crossing over from Empire that aren't quite ready for the series' complexity.

Do come in and open a discussion thread whenever you finish, as you wish.

The Whitestorm e book link is also now live at B%N.

   By HJ on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 08:11 am: Edit Post

I am currently re-reading Stormed Fortress and agonising... the bit where the Evenstar makes it's fateful run into Alestron harbour. Every time I pick up these books, I am hooked right in all over again. Good to know work on the next is progressing, Janny. I hope you are managing all other issues that life is throwing at you. Love and best wishes xxxx Helen

   By Nathan Kemp on Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 02:10 pm: Edit Post

Hi Janny, I've not chimed in for a quite a while due to having a couple of little ones but do try to drop in every few months to keep up to date with my favourite author.

I just wanted to offer some encouragement with the next instalment. I know that a lot of great writers are finding the market pretty tough at the moment with diminishing returns and the huge rise in the cost of living so wanted to offer my continued appreciation for your outstanding contribution to the world of fantasy fiction.

I also wanted to ask if there are any plans to release The Cycle of Fire and Sorcerer's Legacy in ebook or kindle format any time soon as my paperbacks are getting a little dog-eared and I'm due for a reread. I'd happily purchase these tomorrow if they were available.

Keep fighting the good fight, love & best wishes xxx Nathan

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 08:52 pm: Edit Post

Hi Nathan, thank you so much for your lovely note - the encouragement is so welcome - as your observations truly did hit the nail on the head. The rising cost of living vs the diminishing returns have been tough, and no question.

Happy news for you in the e versions of Cycle of Fire and Sorcerer's Legacy - they should be in the works soon. Event Horizon, that did Master of Whitestorm, is slated to handle them as soon as their schedule permits.

Every day I continue to write, restoking every hope and expectation as I go that the cream will rise - understanding like yours along the way is very appreciated!

   By Nathan Kemp on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 12:20 pm: Edit Post

That's great news Janny, I'll be sure to buy them and spread the word as soon as they become available :-)

Sorcerer's Legacy and Cycle of Fire were the launch pad for my thrilling journey into the pure and unparalleled enjoyment of reading. Before these books I hated reading would you believe, so I think that it's fair to say that on no small level you have transformed my life.

   By Janny Wurts on Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 03:16 pm: Edit Post

Nathan, that is awesome - I, too, believe it or not, almost became a non-reader!!!! I HATED reading, period, because of the boring stuff they provided for learning, in school.

It was Walter Farley's Black Stallion series that turned me around - never forget that author for that.

Thanks for the bit of history! And nice to be paying forward to turning readers around.

   By Katrina on Monday, January 20, 2014 - 02:29 pm: Edit Post

I second Nathan's vow to purchase of copy of The Cycle of Fire if it becomes available as an e-book. As I have stated before, that series was my first taste of science fiction literature, starting me a the path to many grand adventures in reading.

I also think it might be an easier stepping stone to lure readers to the your name. The unfortunate truth is, very few people in my area of the world seem to appreciate the nuance and detail of The War of Light and Shadow. Such truth is a worrisome thought regarding future generations of readers, but I promise I shall persevere and share your stories with as many people as will listen.

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 03:42 pm: Edit Post

Nathan Kemp - I've had word that Sorcerer's Legacy will soon be ready for me to proof - that means it is well along in the pipeline. Will update post on the release date, soon as I know.

   By Annette on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 04:04 pm: Edit Post

I hope the e-book version of Sorcerer's Legacy comes with Janny's cover art and not that demonic looking one my book has.

Any chance of an update on how Destiny's Conflict is going?

   By Janny Wurts on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 08:47 pm: Edit Post

There will be new cover art. Mine.

You want an update? Bang your head against this, the actual line in the draft, current this moment, today:

While the world’s future rocked on its axis, rain like spun glass swept in sheets across the cragged downs of Atainia. Runoff glossed the grim stone of Althain Tower and varnished the slate shingles rimming the eaves. Droplets clung, trembling, to the tread of the Sorcerer circling the library floor, then unraveled, splattered by sideswiping gusts that shivered the panes in the casements.

Daylight’s leaden pall iced the bare stone of the tabletop and stamped Asandir’s seated form in tones of granite and ebony. Eyes cold as sheared steel, he watched Sethvir pace. Hair still clubbed to ease yesterday’s heat wore a tarnish of dust from the road, and anxiety carved his flesh to the bone. As ruthlessly deep were the scores in the leathers torn ragged from travel on foot through the briars. Useless, the rush, that brought him to bear witness: speech failed, before a defeat of such magnitude, the brutal course of two ages of hope poised at the cusp of sliding toward ruin.

   By Sleo on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 09:22 pm: Edit Post


   By Walt on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:33 am: Edit Post


Oh my heck. I sounded like a fangirl.

Only you can do that to a forty-something dad of teenage girls. Yes, I do know what fan girls sound like.



   By Ypso on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 02:24 am: Edit Post

Now, that's a way to start the day! Sipping coffee while watching other people being in massive trouble.

   By Annette on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 08:35 am: Edit Post

Update sounds very interesting, but not I think the big scene for a while yet. Although it does seem to be summer.

*Annette looks up clubbed hair*

A new cover for the e-book version of Sorcerer's Legacy, the ice bridge scene perhaps?

   By Janny Wurts on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 10:24 am: Edit Post

Walt - you needed a spew alert on that one! I do NOT need to coffee sprinkle my lovely new keyboard RIGHT NOW. :-)

Annette - the Ice Bridge scene has already been painted, long ago - that was MY choice for the first cover, but never used, as the US edition had another artist on it. This one in design will be new, and different, again. I felt the other painting of mine was too dated and I HATE HATE HATE the art directed to death one from the Bantam edition. The other cover on the British edition you referred to, that I also disliked (it did NOT suit the story!) was done by another artist.

   By Annette on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 02:58 pm: Edit Post

I did not mind the chess type one, it at least gave us the idea a bit of intrigue was involved in the story, I have suspicions that book is still around here some where, but have not seen it for a decade or two. Loved my old dungeon scene version which was the first one I owned, but no longer have. I hate the demonic cover on the one I have now, never recognized the book till I started reading it, took one look at that cover and dumped it at the back of the pile to be read, it is still kept out of sight. I remember most of my books by their covers rather than their names, which I can usually never remember. Did not see the ice bridge scene till I turned up here, after reading the WoLaS books. Although I have recently noticed it was a cover on an old role aid book.

Will have to read Sorcerer's Legacy again so I can recognize what the next cover will be. I know your cover scene will actually be from the book. That was one reason I liked my original version with your cover art, it was actually a scene I could recognize.