Signing off for Christmas

December 21, 2012

Just a quick blog today. I know you’re all probably drowning in Christmas preparations and wrapping paper and tinsel as it is. I know I am. Grr.

 

I’m also drowning in a spot of euphoria. If you haven’t yet heard the news, then all you need to know is this: Dead Stars Part 2, and therefore the Emaneska Series as a whole, has been finished. The monsters are complete,

 

Wednesday of this week saw me glue myself to my laptop and chair for a good solid day, evening, and a great chunk of the morning too. I’d been intent on the idea of finishing the novel this week, but I had assumed that perhaps it would take me until today, perhaps even tomorrow to finish, due to the festive season and general author admin. But lo, and behold, a Christmas miracle! 12,000 words later, I put the final dot on the final chapter, at 3.something AM Thursday morning. Even had a celebratory whisky too. What a joy that was. I even had the distinct pleasure of putting “The End” as well. Corny, perhaps, but true words. All in all, before editing, Part 2 now stands at a fat 140,000 words, and features one hell of an ending. Not bad at all for 5 months’ work. Not bad at all. Even got a little emotional, towards the end. Probably the whisky.

 

What next? Well as most of you know, I’m not usually one to take a break from anything, but in this case, I am. It’s Christmas, after all, and before I go on to tackling the big task of editing, I’m taking a few days off to, well... deflate. It’s been a hectic few months, with a lot events and travelling, a lot of writing, and a lot of work. Time to take stock of it all, reset the brain, and then begin again on January 1st with a voracious relish. I feel that if I don’t, I’ll probably burn out like an over-zealous fire mage, and nobody wants that. There could be casualties....

 

In other news, just before I toddle off, I’ll be kicking off the New Year with another project besides the editing of Dead Stars Pt 1 and 2. That’s right - the first Emaneska graphic novel will begin its journey on January 5th with the launch of the crowd-funding Kickstarter project. I’ll be putting the fate of the project into the hands of you, the fine public of the world. I’ll be aiming to raise a decent £5000, which will pay for the production and printing costs. You can invest as little as large as you want, and there are different rewards for different pledges. Fancy being one of the characters? We’ll be arranging it so that you can send us a picture of yourself and actually be drawn into the novel, as a minor or background character. That’s something to brag about! Not only that, whatever you pledge, your name will be written into the dedication of the novel itself, and here on the website as well. Aside from that, there will be original artwork, posters, signed copies, eBooks, keyrings, an exclusive Skype call with me and artist Mike. It’s going to be an thrilling project. Any support will be most appreciated. If we hit our stretch-goals of £6000, £7000, or even £8000 we’ll even be releasing a mobile App version too! The more we receive, the more we can do with it. It’ll be going live in January, and there will be another blog about it then, so stay proverbially tuned.

 

So that’s it for now. That’s it from me. All that remains is for me to say what a great 2012 it’s been all ‘round, for everyone. Personally, it’s been a great year for Emaneska, for Shelf Help, and being an author in general. It’s been an exciting year, moreover. A big thanks to all of you for being so supportive and spreading the word about Emaneska and myself, and generally for helping me get to where I am now. I’ve been really lucky to meet so many great fans. Looking forward to seeing what happens in 2013.

 

Merry Christmas to all you saucy creatures, and I’ll see you in January.

 

Peace,

 

Ben

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Ben Galley is an award-winning dark and epic fantasy author who currently hails from Victoria in Canada. Find out more:

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