Jeff Seymour - Author of Fantasy, Literary Fiction, & c.: News for the Week of 3.28.14: Back at Work!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

News for the Week of 3.28.14: Back at Work!

Greetings, gentle readers!

It's been a while since I've given you an update on what I'm writing. That's because, well, I haven't been writing. Handling all the launch whatnot for Soulwoven, plus all the work I put off while I was making it ready for publication, has had me absolutely overwhelmed. It hasn't felt good, honestly.

But this week I got back on the horse! I've been cruising through the current draft of Soulwoven: Exile, which continues the story, and making revision notes. I should be finished with that in a few days and on to actually making the revisions, which is where the real magic happens.

It feels really, really good to be writing again. Exile is a darker and more mature beast than the first book was. It's been fascinating for me to read the reviews of Soulwoven as they come in. I've noticed in particular how many people are pointing out how the structure of the book---the heroic quest---is a bit, well, old-fashioned. Authors With Big Names aren't really writing those anymore.

Well, Exile's not a heroic quest. It's the aftermath. One of my reviewers compared Soulwoven to Lord of the Rings (we're talking broad strokes here, not enduring literary merit). If you take that comparison to the next book, Exile's what you might've gotten if Tolkien had spent a whole book exploring what happened to everyone on their way home, and if what happened was a little more frightening and difficult than chasing a defanged Saruman out of the Shire.

So that's what's on my mind. It feels like I'm sailing again after a month in port. The wind's in my hair and the sun is shining, and I've let the sheets out as far as they'll go. I hope to have bits of Exile to start sharing with you in the next few months.

Yours always,
Jeff

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