End of May Status Update

I was actually planning to keep my progress secret, so as not to stir up hopes. Thing is, getting a first draft of a novel done is usually only part of the progress. Also, life events have been greatly slowing my progress in general.

But, since you asked…

Ushabti Online: approx 25k words into the first draft.

C&D2: Approx 6k words into the first draft.

That’s right, I am working on the sequel to The City and the Dungeon right now. It’s just that, due to various logistical constraints I can’t go into, I can only work on it part time with Ushabti Online. Again, I initially planned to just say nothing until something was complete, but I realized that wasn’t quite fair. So here it is.

That all said, I can’t guarantee any particular release date, especially one within this year. Things in my personal life just haven’t agreed.

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The City and the Dungeon is on Kindle Scout!1!!

How’s this for a progress announcement?

Finally, finally, finally, I can reveal what I’ve been working on all this time. A Kindle Scout campaign for The City and the Dungeon!

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Kindle Scout, for the unaware, is Amazon’s trad publishing submissions system. Basically, one campaigns for nominations for thirty days and thirty nights, Amazon decides by whatever inexplicable process they like, and if they buy the rights, everyone who nominated it gets a free copy. Otherwise, nothing happens, and everyone goes on their merry way.

Which is where you come in, dear readers. By nominating my book, you might not only receive a free copy, but you’ll be helping there to be a free copy in the first place!

For those who have entirely forgotten about my book in meantime, here is the original post. In short, it’s my homage to the CRPGs and roguelikes of my youth.

So what are you waiting for? DO IT. DO IT. DOOO EEEIIIITTTT!!!

Tales of the Once and Future King

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I’m in an anthology! Go buy it!

…OK, you want more information. Fine.

Tales of the Once and Future King is a hybrid between a novel and an anthology. This anthnovology consists of the main frame story, about the new King Arthur in a post-apocalyptic future, interspersed with other authorian stories. One is written by yours truly, Matthew P. Schmidt.

What’s my story called? Tristan and Isolde: A Chivalric Tragedy with Giant Steampunk Battle Robots (also vampires). The name should be self-explanatory.

Two new stories/August Progress Update!

Plenty of news in this post!

First, PRICE DROP!!1! All of my short stories are now $0.99, and The API of the Gods is now $1.99. Enjoy!

Second, I have a new story up, set in the world of C&D:

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Check it out here!

Now, you might notice that I said the above story would be free, and it’s not. What gives? Simply put: Amazon’s somewhat bizarre policy of forbidding people from putting up books for free directly. As it is, I stand by its quality enough to sell it.

But if you’re still looking for a free, Sci Phi Journal has my A Fractal of Eight Tragedies in Fifteen Parts available for anyone to see. Check it out!

Meanwhile, C&D itself is still on the long road to publication. More news soon.