Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Change Is Coming...

Before I get into the news I have I must say thank you to everyone who bought any of my books or put one of my free books in front of a new reader one the last few months. The first half of the year is generally the hardest time financially, but I'm keeping my head above water thanks to  you.

Now, about that title...

My Patreon Page Will Be Launching Soon
In a couple weeks the new place to get all your news and a lot of content from yours truly will be a Patreon page. Most of the content there will be available for free, so not much will be changing. There definitely will be something extra for most contributors though, but I don't plan on starting with a lot of tiers, I think keeping things simple at the start is the best move. Why Patreon? I hate to admit it, but I need something to help stabilize my income throughout the year, and if there are enough contributors I'll also have more freedom to work on more projects and complete more books. I also wanted a new portal to offer other projects through.

A New Book!
I've already finished a large chunk of a brand new fantasy novel that takes place in the world of Brightwill, and I like the look of it so far. I will probably have to put it aside for a while as I concentrate on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge, but expect to see a lot about this Epic Fantasy Novel this year.

Spinward Fringe, Dark Arts and More
I'm keeping my goals simple for this year: Two Spinward Fringe novels are due, along with the sequel to Dark Arts. I want to finish more books this year, but I'm only going to promise what I'm pretty sure I can finish. I expect to have Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge out in June, 2017.

Podcasts Will Return
I have two podcast series planned, and they'll be announced on the Patreon Page. Both will be freely available, one will have a finite, limited number the other will be unlimited. A few have already been recorded.

Other Projects
Work on a role playing game (system and settings), continues. A playable set of basic rules will be flying out of my printer today and initial testing is set to begin. I'm also involved in a couple projects from other artists, so you never know what will appear.

The Facebook Page and Twitter
Randolph Lalonde and the Spinward Fringe Crew will still be a main community hub for everyone who wants to join, and I'll be pasting links to all new content there so you can see what's going on. I'll be doing the same with Twitter, even though that's not nearly as active for me. The addition of a Patreon page won't really complicate this, in fact, it should give everyone more free content than you've been used to seeing from me, and it'll make getting that content out to you much easier.

New Book Store?
That's right, I'm working with a vendor to create a clean, easier to use signed book store. It'll be accessible through the Patreon Page, but I'd like to remind everyone that the shipping costs from Canada are still high because I don't live in a major city.

I know, there aren't a lot of final links or finished projects in this update, but there's a lot of work happening in the background. I think you'll be faced with some very pleasant surprises from me this  year. Thank you for keeping my career afloat by talking about my work and buying the books, I hope you've enjoyed the ride so far!


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge and That Other Project

Work has already begun on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge. Right now I'm going through the previous novels in the series, combing through them for details that I need for Broadcasts 11 and 12.
Firmly connecting Broadcasts 11 and 12 to the rest of the books is also incredibly important, especially since the war in these books is heating up, and this promises to be a turning point in the series.

I apologize for not posting on this blog more often. I normally keep in touch with everyone through the Facebook group, which you can find here. I promise to post on this site more often though, since it is the oldest point of contact and source of Spinward Fringe news.

While I backtrack and review the previous Spinward Fringe books, I'm writing another project that I can't talk about yet, but it'll be announced sometime in March. It's a short project that I can squeeze in while I'm in Broadcast 11's research phase, and I know some of you are going to love it.

So, you can look forward to the completion of several projects in 2017, and I can't wait to unveil each one of them for you.

More to come...