Quick Update–FOJ, TZC, ETC

7 Apr

Good news first – I finished the first draft of Fists of Justice (Schooled in Magic XII) on Tuesday – hopefully, I’ll get the first batch of editing done on Saturday and the manuscript itself off to the publisher. There will be another batch of edits, perhaps too, but at least things will be moving along.

Better news, sales of The Zero Blessing have been very good. And so I’ve drafted out the plot for The Zero Curse (Book II).

Even better news – I’ll be starting Wolf’s Bane (The Empire’s Corps 14) on Monday or Tuesday, depending.


27 Responses to “Quick Update–FOJ, TZC, ETC”

  1. sentry12014 April 7, 2017 at 11:24 pm #

    I have to say Chris that you are truly a novel writing machine!

  2. kilowog77 April 8, 2017 at 12:42 am #

    How long do you think before we can all read foj

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard April 8, 2017 at 12:55 am #

      Not soon enough. 😉

      Oh, just kidding Chris. 😀

      • FarWalker April 8, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

        My sentiments exactly. Have a great weekend everyone.

    • chrishanger April 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

      Ideally, somewhere between a month and two months.


  3. Kell Harris April 8, 2017 at 1:42 am #

    Yea! Can’t wait!

  4. mrkwst22 April 8, 2017 at 3:40 am #

    Just finished “Ark Royal”. Great fun and I look forward to rest of the series. Not trying to be a troll here, but did you ever find a suitable alternate phrase for “…rolling his eyes…”? By the time I finished the book whenever I read the phrase my mind imagined that British Naval officers frequently took their eyeballs out and rolled them on the deck : )

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard April 8, 2017 at 4:15 am #

      Oh, didn’t you know?

      British Naval Officers sometimes lose their eyes that way. [Very Big Kidding Grin]

      Note, that was a joke. None of Chris’ Naval Officers lose their eyes that way. 😉

  5. Jared April 8, 2017 at 6:37 am #

    You know Chris a good idea for Emily is a hot air ballon. Could be fun to show that off in the allied lands

    • Blake April 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

      But what good would hot air balloons do? While it would be possible to navigate with magic, wouldn’t it also be easier to take the hot air balloons down with magic due to the large target of the envelope? And if they don’t have champagne in the nameless world, then they would face even more perils upon landing than the early hot air balloonists did here (see http://www.lighterthanair.org/ellis/traditions.htm). Maybe some sort of airship type craft that uses lighter than air lift could help move troops around quickly. Or perhaps something like in the Daniel Black books (by E William Brown) where he uses magic to create vacuum bubbles to lift his airship.

      • Thomas Tomiczek April 8, 2017 at 5:13 pm #

        WW1 style lookouts WITHOUT mages. And I am not sure about the standard range of combat magic 😉

      • Jared April 8, 2017 at 6:51 pm #

        It’s fun

    • David Pollard April 9, 2017 at 3:30 am #

      It’s a great image, but hot air balloons would be extremely vulnerable to magical attack.

    • ioriangel April 10, 2017 at 12:57 am #

      Then why not a blimp with defensive wards?

  6. bexwhitt April 8, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    nobody could ever accuse you of procrastination 👍

  7. Jensebaum April 8, 2017 at 8:49 pm #

    Sounds amazing, I’m really looking forward to FOJ, and the Zero-series also got me hooked!

  8. georgephillies April 11, 2017 at 4:38 am #

    How is it the simulation gamers we saw in an earlier book did not pick up on the tulip, ummh, railroad, mania?

  9. G April 13, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    At one point, you were considering doing a book in Emily’s summer between 5th and 6th year–did you consider doing a short story of 40-50 pages? Maybe of Emily being invited to a 3-4 day house party and mixing with magical families trying to gauge possible alliances? You’ve developed so many enemies for Emily, you might want to show her in a social setting developing some allies…

    • Kell Harris April 16, 2017 at 8:51 am #

      Yea I really want to see more of the factions of white tower and the other groups.We of a few hints in the third book of the different groups

    • chrishanger April 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      I might. No promises. (As her summer is going to be very busy.)


      • Wazman April 21, 2017 at 4:59 am #

        More than once Chris you have made a point to mention that Emily’s name is not very common in the Nameless World. If I recall the only other person was from Past Tense when she learned (after the fact that her friends in the past had named their daughter after her) Is there a chance that Emily is going to encounter a situation where she meets a stranger(s) who have named a child after her. How would that affect her.

      • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard April 21, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

        “Named after her”?

        My guess is that Emily would be embarrassed. 😉

      • chrishanger April 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

        I think she would be a little embarrassed


  10. Wazman April 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

    I can only imagine how that scene would play out. Now that she is a War Hero there is a very good probability that Emily is at some point going to encounter a mother holding a little baby girl that she wants Emily to know that she admires her so much that she named her daughter Emily in her honor.

  11. JohnV April 26, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

    Zero Blessing is a great new universe and great writing; as it is the newer universe (still expanding rapidly?) I would even put off more of Emily’s tale to advance Cat’s sooner… not to say I won’t purchase Fists as soon as it becomes available. Anyway, congratulations!

    Having purchased and read pretty much all your books, I do have a question: is there something about the magical universes that makes it easier for you to get into strong female characters? Not that they don’t appear elsewhere but Bookworm, SIM and now Zero all seems to sustain strong young female leads very, very well. Just curious…

    • chrishanger April 30, 2017 at 7:44 am #

      I don’t know – could be

      Gwen was female because that made sense – a young man in her position would be much less inclined to question the system. The others … just sounded feminine when i came up with the concept.


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