Brightwill - The Latest Book From Randolph Lalonde

Brightwill - The Latest Book From Randolph Lalonde
Brightwill - The latest book from Randolph Lalonde

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Real Name Of Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9

After finishing about twenty percent of the book and getting an editor's thumbs' up on the first chunk, writing Broadcast 9 is already a memorable experience for me. It seems like the old gang are all back together again, with Jake, Oz, Minh-Chu and someone I can't mention here, leading the way through the story I have to tell.

The beginning of the book is doing exactly what it's supposed to, and I'm far enough into the story already so it's no longer about a Gathering (the former title of Broadcast 9), our characters are already on the Warpath. There is no turning back for them, whether they like it or not they are absolutely in it, and if you read the Prologue that was previewed here, you know there are big problems coming for them.

'The Gathering' was a suitable title for a book that I thought was about so many things in the Spinward Fringe universe coming together to focus on a point. While it's true that there is an undeniable gathering of characters and events focus on a smaller space in this book, it turns out that the whole novel is not about that. This novel is about war.

A just war is a difficult thing. War is terrible, and some would say a just war is worse, because, in a just war, at least one side is clear on what they're fighting against. In a fictional just war the characters we've grown to love fight against something that absolutely violates their moral code. They observe something terrible and dedicate themselves to putting an end to it. In Warpath you'll see heroes who fight for exactly those reasons, and you'll meet characters who fight for other reasons.

There are also answers to questions that have come up in the series, forgiveness between some characters, and a few unexpected alliances. I can't wait to get this in front of you, I am so excited for this book to come out.

I'm more excited to finish writing it though, so back to work I go on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9: Warpath.


Friday, May 1, 2015

The State Of Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9

Here's a quick, non-spoiler update on the current state of Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9.

The actual name "The Gathering" of this book will most likely change before release, and I'm still shopping for a cover artist to create a CGI scene, but I'm confident I'll find one.

Whereas Broadcast 8 focused on the female characters in the ongoing story, Broadcast 9 will focus on the male characters. Jake, Minh-Chu, Oz and a couple others take the centre stage, leading us through most of the chapters through their point of view.

I'm about 20% finished and hope to have this draft complete within two months or less. Only one story has been pulled from the book entirely which featured Burke, one of the crew members who left the Samson in Broadcast 1. The story featuring him isn't complete, and it's not good enough to continue working on so it won't be making an appearance outside of the novel. Everything else I've written is staying in the book.

So far, stories that I thought would be external to the novel are being drawn in as important parts of the book, so there are no shorts to release at the moment.

At least two more chapters will be released on the blog, so there's more preview goodness on the way!


[What are you looking forward to seeing in Broadcasts 9 and 10?]

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brightwill II Is Coming...

Work on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9 is going very well, and there's more real news on that coming next week. This week I'm happy to bring other news to the table.

Great news for everyone who loved the first Brightwill novel: Work started on developing a second and a third book set in the same universe, featuring many of the same characters about three months ago.

What does this mean specifically? Well, right now I'm finishing "test chapters" wherein I try writing a good opening chapter and another chapter where the featured character begins telling a story, much like in the first Brightwill.

While that's being done, I'm figuring out what Brightwill II is about, specifically, what the ending is, and roughly how the story will go, beat by beat. These plans sometimes change a lot during the actual writing of the book, sometimes they only change a little, but it's important to have a frame to hang a novel on.

I expect all this work will be finished in a couple weeks, then I'll be able to actually start writing the text of the novel - the really fun part - when I'm not working on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 9. 

Why is there going to be a sequel? Well, I fell in love with these characters. Much like with Spinward Fringe, the characters are drawing me back into the world of Brightwill, and they have stories to tell. I'm certainly not doing it for the money, because the first Brightwill is not very popular and it just didn't sell well. I'm happy that it's free now so a few people have little to lose if they want to give it a try. It's also easier to point friends to Brightwill so they can give it a try for free.

I'm keeping Brightwill II short, and only writing it in my spare time, when I'm not focusing on Spinward Fringe, because I love both universes.

I'm proud of both universes, and taking time in each of them is a great deal of fun. I hope to have another Brightwill novel out sometime this summer along with a Spinward Fringe novel.


[Brigthwill is free wherever Ebooks are sold. If you'd like a print copy, they are available through Amazon, and some signed copies will be available on EBay soon.]