It is July 30, 2013 and I am sitting at my desk staring at a two-inch thick three-ring binder full of Skinshifter manuscript and notes. Skinshifter has been through its first round of beta reader testing and revisions and its first round of copyedits. Within a few days, I will once again let others lay siege to this paper castle built of my dreams in an effort to make it even stronger than it is now.
At this point less than a dozen people know any part of the work’s contents and even less have seen its companion novella Elza and Eliza. I don’t know how all of this will play out, but my dearest wish and hope is that this series will find a sound home in the hearts and minds of many many readers.
When I began the journey of writing Skinshifter and building the world of Sylvaeleth in 2004, I had no notion of how large this project would become. A simple short story turned into the first chapter of a book which then turned into a series. Now I’m working through edits on Skinshifter, writing the last third of the Dreamdrifter rough draft, polishing and expanding the Skinshifter Appendices, and dropping novellas into the fray.
My world is exciting and scary, ordered and chaotic. If there is a bright spot to any of this mess, it is that I have crafted a work of which I am proud. You may not find it on par with the best literary work of Tolkien, Lewis, Rowling, Austin, Hemingway, or Twain. Nonetheless it is my best work to date and a darn fine tale. My only hope now is that the published draft eventually introducing to this world will meet your kind approval, Dear Readers, because if it does not, then I am sorry to say that I have unfortunately wasted your time…not my own, mind you, for I have learned many things along this writing journey, but certainly yours.
My goal is never to waste your time or even to help you simply pass the time. My goal when I write is to inspire your time—to make the hours you spend in this fictional world mean something very dear to you. I want you to laugh with the characters and cry for their losses, to come to know Katja and Lauraisha and Felan and Zahra and Dayalan and Vraelth and Caleb and all the other Sylvan beings as close of friends as they are to me.
I get up each morning to drop a few more words into the well of this saga because I desperately want to know what will happen next to the story’s characters. At the end of the day though, I am writing and rewriting the story in the hope that you as the readers will be able to easily follow the characters’ journey along with me. Nothing is more important to me than the friendship fostered by our shared experiences. Thank you each for your loyalty and patience with me as I build these new worlds for all of our enjoyment. I could not do this without you.
Until our next meeting, may we each rewrite our world for the better.
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