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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_

27 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

  18. Amari says:

    Are you allowed to write a sequel to pandemonium now?

  19. Zachary says:

    Happy Birthday Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!! Here’s to nine years ago, when I was fifteen and starting reading and writing like a fiend because of you! I never read anything or wrote anything until I read “The Storm Thief” and “The Weavers of Saramyr”. Now, I just turned twenty-four and I couldn’t imagine my life without books and without a pen and some paper. You’re writing will always have a special place in my life. I don’t know where I’d be, who I’d be, or what I’d be doing if it weren’t for your talent as a writer! Happy Birthday Chris! Hope it’s a good one!

    Best,
    Zach

  20. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    Holy crap. birthday???

    Well, happy belated birthday Chris. I’ll have you know that Malice and Alaizabel Cray are the only two books that managed to give me some good and proper shivers without tossing a ton of gore in my face.

  21. Ysabel Mystic of Fairyland says:

    By the way, can anyone give me some short stories, gameplays, books, movies, tv shows (especially anime), or webcomics that are legitimately scary? It’s been a while since I’ve been terrified, and I’m itching to feel afraid again.

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

    Some of Philip Jose Farmers stuff gave me the chills. “The Shadow of Space” and “Sketches among the Ruins of My Mind” were amazing.

  23. cayce says:

    Chris,

    My friend adores your book Poison. She gave it to me to read and I realize that you’ve well described her inner life – You’ve provided great comfort for her! She’s going through quite a hard time right now and I am curious if you would be willing to speak with her and discuss your work. Please reach out at my email if you would.

    Best,
    Cayce

  24. Hey Laura! Hope it’s all going well for you. I can’t even log in to the Crooked Lanes forum any more. Can’t remember my password and the email account for recovery is dead :-/

    Do you have Twitter? PM me on that: @_ChrisWooding_

  25. Amber – Sorry, no sequel. I kind of like to leave a speculative ending. It’s fun to let the reader imagine what THEY think would happen next.

    Trants – Everyone has to find their own way, really. Advice isn’t all that helpful as everyone writes differently. Personally I plot a lot in advance so I know where it’s going, but some people hate that. Having ideas is the easy part; making them work is 90% of writing. Try different methods and see what works best, there’s a wealth of suggestions out there on the interwebs.

    Zachary – Thanks! Pleased you liked ’em.

    Cayce – Glad I could provide some comfort.

  26. mr. moustache says:

    people may have already said this (i don’t know, i didn’t read all the comments) but I NEED to know if you are ever planning to do a sequel for pandemonium. I LOVED that book! The thing is, there are so many unsolved mysteries. Does Siefer(or however you spell it) look like prince talon for a reason? or is it just a coincedence? The royal advisor dude mentions not telling Siefer who he truly is, and why is Siefer a magikar? Who are Siefers dad and mom (and grandpa)? what ends up happening in Siefer’s love life? what happens to the REAL prince talon? SOOOOOOO MAAAANNNNYYYY QUESTIONS!!!!! You may have already answered these q’s somewhere else, but please reply telling me the answers, or why you cant say the answers. please. (p.s. please dont say use your imagination. I already have. And I have come up with about 2000000000000000 theories. I would like to know what you think. please.)

    Thanks!

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