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Nearly done

Gosh, I have been a bit quiet on this site, haven’t I? I see you guys have been chatting amongst yourselves, good, good. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve been working in the meantime. Am about six chapters from the end of Mammoth Tome of Destiny #1, which I’ve been working on since, um, May 2015. It’s coming in at about 300,000 words (same size as A Game Of Thrones, more or less). Once I’m done with it I’ll have to do edit it but should hopefully be done by end of Feb, just in time for my 40th birthday. Release date is shifting around a bit at the moment, but hopefully it’ll be out towards the end of this year: will let you know when it’s nailed down. I do have a title (finally) but everything is under wraps for now at the request of the publisher, so you’ll just have to wait and see!

I have also signed up with Scholastic for a new series of books for children, titled Jack From Earth, which will be released in the UK and US. Initially it’s for two books with more possibly to follow. These will be much shorter and aimed at 8-12 year olds: the same kind of audience as Broken Sky and Malice. They will be tongue-in-cheek science fiction, kind of a Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Star Wars sort of thing. More details on them later when I get round to starting on them: for the next couple of months I will be pounding the Mammoth Tome to get it finished. Epic fantasy is epic. I need a holiday.

Back to it. I’ll tell you when I’m done!

Twitter: @_ChrisWooding_

17 Comments

  1. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    Man, 2017 book year is going to be EPIC. Two of my favorite series are getting finished, the next book in my favorite series is coming out, Stormlight Archive 3 arrives in November, and now, finally, comes a new Chris Wooding book! Good thing too because I need SOMETHING to distract myself from the Trumpiness of the coming days.

    Question about Jack From Earth: will it contain super fast pacing and spooky-vibes (like Malice, which is why I’m “too old” for it but still obsessed) or is it definitely going to be more of a humor thing? Will it contain comic-y bits or just words? And how will the characters be costumed (like normal, or star warsy, or Guardians of the Galaxy-y, or 50s scifi, or maybe some cyberpunk)? I don’t know why, but the last one feels very important to me…

  2. Yaro the great, destroyer of worlds (and lover of books) says:

    Yessssssssssssssssss!

  3. Ysabel – fast paced yes, spooky vibes no. Funny rather than dark. No comicy bits. And as to what they’ll wear, you’ll have to wait to find out! As, er, will I…

  4. Katya says:

    1. “Mammoth Tome of Destiny #1.” Does that mean that there’s going to be at least a #2 in the future? *raises eyebrows*

    2. Your birthday is at the end of Feb. Can we know the date of that so we can spam you with birthday wishes? *raises eyebrows even higher*

    (2.5 I’m also curious as to what date it is because I want to see whether it’s on the same date as my own birthday. *eyebrows jump up a fraction*)

    3. Ysabel was asking more than one question, so her saying “I have a question” was cheating, really. *eyebrows disappear into hairline*

    Also, I’m going to enjoy being seen clutching a book aimed at 8-12 year olds in public, right? I’m not a grown-up. Nope. Not at all.

  5. Bay says:

    I really want to know what the status is on the sequel to ‘Pandemonium’ T.T did you drop it?

  6. Yaro the great, destroyer of worlds (and lover of books) says:

    Nope, Pandemonium two is, sadly, not a thing.

  7. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    *a moment of silence for the never-to-come Pandemonium V.2*

  8. I didn’t drop it; I wasn’t allowed to write the sequel. There’s a difference.

  9. Who knows at this point says:

    Are you not allowed to post the Pandemonium sequel online? Is that against the rules? Me and my friends really wanna see it for years now.

  10. Amber Peterson says:

    Hello! I am the librarian at Beaver Lake Middle School in the Seattle area. My students are wondering if/when you are planning a sequel to Silver? I book talked it today and TWO students in the class added their recommendations to mine and we spent time speculating about what could happen next. Thank you from your middle school fans and their librarian! 🙂

    Amber Peterson

  11. Trants says:

    So excited for a new release!! I’ve been waiting over here…

    Professional questions for you, and I’m hoping you’ll have time to give me some advice. How fully-fleshed are your ideas as you begin writing? Do you outline the general plot? I’ve tried a traditional outline, and I’ve tried index cards. Nothing goes anywhere. It occurred to me recently that I have always had these big, kind of cinematic ideas, so maybe storyboarding would work better for me. I’ve had beautiful story threads in my mind for years. Decades, even. But nothing gets woven together. They’re really more like soap bubbles. They look pretty, but they fall apart when I touch them.

    I really, really want 2017 to be the year that I *finally* finish a fully-developed (and maybe even publishable novel). I just finished a full marathon after losing 126 pounds (9 stone?). I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to now, and I want to capitalize on this energy. But I don’t want to “just write” because “just writing” is how I end up with fits and starts and a few hundred pages of nothing. Do you have any suggestions for plotting? Or should I “just write” and see what develops?

    Thank you for any help you can offer. You are amazing. Your books are on constant loan in my middle school classroom.

  12. Laura says:

    Hey Chris, I’ve sent you a private message on the forums but just noticed you haven’t logged in since 2014, so just wanted to let you know. (Pink jumper girl from the 2009 Forbidden Planet booksigning).

    Laura x

  13. Yaro the great, destroyer of worlds (and lover of books) says:

    How did you get a profile pick?

    My employers will. pay good money for this information

  14. Laura says:

    If you’re talking to me… I don’t have one? Not that I can see!

  15. Yaro the great, destroyer of worlds (and lover of books) says:

    For me you have this little chipmunk frog looking thing under a leaf.

  16. Laura says:

    Oh, that’s my Gravatar. Gravatars are linked to WordPress accounts.

  17. Yaro the great, destroyer of worlds (and lover of books) says:

    ok

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