After some unfortunate delays, I’m pleased to say that the next series is finally ready to begin. It’s called The Broken Land, and you can find it at That site isn’t quite as polished as I’d like it to be and you can expect some more updates to it in the near future, but for the moment it’s functional and you can read the first chapter right now if you’d like. The story itself is…well, I have an about page on that site, so I won’t go into too much detail here. I will say that it’s an epic fantasy, meaning that it doesn’t have the conceit of being set in the real world that Winter’s Tale did. It still has a lot of the same themes, though, and I think that if you liked this story you can probably find something to like in that one as well. Like I said a while ago, it won’t have any interludes at first, but otherwise I’ll be aiming for the same Monday-Wednesday-Friday update schedule as before, starting with chapter two on Monday.


So that’s, obviously, the biggest news. There are some other things which I want to address as well, though. First off, the retrospective commentary on Winter’s Tale is obviously not finished, or even particularly close to finished. I’ll be working on that still, but it isn’t as much of a priority as The Broken Land, particularly as it doesn’t seem anyone is terribly interested in it. As a result, it may take some time for that to be completed.


Second, the side project I’ve hinted at for a while now. Well, unfortunately, this one isn’t good news. I put off mentioning it until I was sure it would make it to publication, but unfortunately it seems I was too hasty with that assumption. I was working on it with a publishing company of sorts, and at the last minute they decided that it was copyright infringement and not publishable. I don’t agree that anything in it was so derivative as to be an infringement of copyright, but obviously my opinion isn’t the one that matters here. Due to some peculiarities of the project in question I can’t really take it to another company or publish it myself on this site, either. So, and I do regret this, it doesn’t seem that it will ever see the light of day. I might repurpose the material which is wholly mine, maybe as a sort of extended interlude in Winter’s Tale. But I don’t think that you’ll ever see it as it was really intended to be seen.


And, finally, there are some general maintenance things which I have to do in terms of keeping this site and the Patreon page up to date. It shouldn’t be anything major, but if you notice any changes that’s what’s going on.


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4 Responses to Beginnings

  1. Vakuza

    I think you should have done the writers review in a book (?) by book basis, since some were so short and just not worth reading. You should have maybe made them as posts rather than comments, since there would be far more to read in that case and we could comment and you could then see if the rest of us agreed with your observations.

    • Emrys

      Well, I’ll go ahead and finish out the series as I’ve been doing it so far. After that we’ll see, I might end up consolidating them like that.

  2. Thorbjorn

    sorry about the special project :/ Working without a final result sounds frustrating.

    Though probably keep some proof that you made the project and when jsut in case they decide to do it anyway without asking you eh? 😉 (I have no idea who you worked with but some companies can be douchebags large scale.)

    • Emrys

      It’s a bit irritating in that it was a fairly huge investment of time. It was longer than any of the individual books in this series, close to twice as long as the average length I would guess, and disproportionately hard to write at that. So yeah, having to scrap that entire thing is…not a lot of fun.

      I’m not terribly concerned about the other, though. The way the company has handled it has been very professional so far; I’m actually planning on doing another project with them and, hopefully, not having this problem on that one. If someone does take the work, well, it would be very, very easy for me to prove that it was mine.

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