Nothing is on hold. I am working on The Sacred Land Saga and the Wielder Cycle at the same time. I also have been plotting out a series that I plan to write after I complete the other two. Sacred Land Saga has top priority. I want to get it completed ASAP.
The Sacred Land Saga: I have been debating with myself whether of not to keep the Novelette/Novella book. I could attach it to Protectors (book 3 ) as the first half of the book. However, it is a rather complete story on it's own and it might make book 3 read a little strange. Right now, I still plan to go ahead with it as a Novella but later on (after publication) it may end up as part 1 of book 3. Progress: About half done.
The Wielder Cycle: I am nearing completion of the new Wielder: Apprentice. The plan is to release book #1 and wait until after the Sacred Land Saga is done to release book 2 and 3 (they are planned but not yet written) The chief reason for this is that the Wielder Cycle is about Lady Shey and there is potential for spoilers of elements in the Sacred Land Saga about Lady Shey if I complete it first or at the same time. I am currently trying to make it where you can read either series first and it won't matter but that is pretty difficult to do. At least the spoilers will be centered around Lady Shey's storyline and will not spoil other story lines in the Sacred Land Saga. Progress: About another week of principal writing then it will have to go to the editor etc. No ETA on final completion yet. I will let you all know when it's closer.
A few words about my writing style: I have read hints about my writing style being a little different and I have seen some reviews that hint around it. Let me say a few words to make it clear what I am doing.
My stories are more action/character driven meaning my stories are dialog driven. Teaching high school English, I taught a few books here and there and I watched as my students eye glazed over when reading (I even tried the Hobbit) It seems that the trend is to write heavy metaphors and exposition rather than story. I can write that way but I don't want to, I don't like it. Here is an example:
The steely-eyed FBI agent pulled his weapon from his holster like a roman soldier unsheathing his short sword. He aimed meticulously at the paper target ahead like a lion stalking his prey. He fired his weapon with the precision of a well-oiled machine, clean and cool. etc.
Now the way I would write it:
The FBI agent took his handgun out of his shoulder holster and fired off a few rounds into the paper target across the practice fireing range. He slapped the button at the side of the booth and brought the paper target in closer, two precise rounds to the head and three directly into the chest.
The way I see it is that I said a lot more with plain language than I did with flowery metaphor and simile. Instead of writing more words, I like to make my words count. Yes, it's simpler writing but it's more direct and to the point. As a reader, I find myself skimming a lot of exposition for some action. So, I write for me and the way I want and I invite you to come along with me. I like to build my world through the eyes of my characters as opposed to pages of boring explanation. It's not what some people are used to reading. Some think that a good book needs those clever similes and metaphors to be a good book. To me, that's like saying a kick-started motorcycle is more of a motorcycle than an electronic ignition motorcycle. It seems like a lot of work on the readers side to sludge through all that fluff to me. I hope that gives you some insight. I like clarity in my writing.