Progress Report – 7/28/14

It’s been quite some time since I posted a progress report, mainly because there hadn’t been any progress to report. There are some developments in the works. There is a lot happening under the hood here at Entropy Central.

First, I have been actively editing A Darkling Nine since about thursday. I’m about 80 pages from the end of the first pass. Subsequent passes should be quicker, and I’ll be putting together query packages by the end of next month at the latest. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this novel is intended to market traditionally as opposed to using the indie model.

Never fear, Indie fans, because there is news on that front, as well. First, I’m going to start work on the sequel to Rigel Kentaurus once I finish the edits of A Darkling Nine, and I hope to have that novel’s first draft finished by the end of the year with a target release date in Q1 2015.

And there’s more good news. Podcasting my novels is something that I have wanted to do for a long time, and I’m starting to set things into motion there, as well. I’m working on trying to get a guest reader for one of the novels. I can’t say who it is yet, but if you are a fan of genre podcasts, it’s probably a name you’ll recognize.

I’ll be podcasting the two existing novels that this person does not read. I’m not sure of the order the books will appear, but expect something to appear before the end of the year.

While I work out the kinks for the novels, I will be podcasting my short stories. Part of this week’s agenda is to decide how I want to record. I have decent equipment, but interfacing into the computer isn’t the easiest of processes. For instance, my microphones all have XLR connections and require phantom power, so I can’t record directly to the computer as many people do. However, I have a 16-track hard drive recorder/mixer, which is a pretty sweet piece of equipment. One of my tasks will be to compose and record some theme music for all three novels, and for the shorts. The shorts will come out as a series and will all use the same theme music. I can connect the recorder to the computer and transfer the files into Audacity, where everything is visual. (You can edit on the recorder, but it’s one step better than using magnetic tape.)

If that isn’t enough, I still owe J. Alan Erwine a short story for an invitational shared world anthology. That’s a goal for this week, as well.

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