My next novel hit a major milestone today. I basically completed the early reader's draft. There's a few stray notes and a little cleanup left, but all the major writing and editing is done.
This project is very different from the first: a fantasy novel with heavy references to early computer role-playing games. I think it stands on its own even if the reader isn't big on computer games, but it may resonate especially well with anyone who knows Ultima, Bard's Tale, Pool of Radiance, Wizardry, and other classics, and also with more modern gamers.
The current working title is The Eight-Bit Bard, but that's still up for review.
In coming weeks I'll be sending copies to advance readers for some commentary and revisions. Any enthusiastic readers are welcome to contact me for a copy, if you're interested.
I'm not sure how long revisions will take. Somewhere between two and four months from now is likely, depending on feedback.
Once things get cleaned up a little more I'll be posting some excerpts and maybe some candidate artwork for the cover.