Fracture (The Machinists, Book 1)

Allyn Kaplan’s life is anything but magical. As a first year associate at a prestigious Portland law firm, his professional life is on the rise. All that is turned upside-down by a mysterious attack on his life by strange people with stranger abilities. Thrust into an underground world of magic where rival Families are on the brink of war, Allyn wants only to return to his normal life and thriving career.

But distancing himself from this new reality is nearly impossible. Haunted by the attack and questioning why he was targeted to begin with, Allyn's questions only deepen with the sudden disappearance of his sister. The only place to turn for answers, and for help, is a Magi Family whose agenda he wants no part of. Yet with his sister's life on the line, he may have no choice but to pick a side.

December Writing Update

I’m back! And I mean that in more ways than one. First and foremost, I’m back with your December writing update, and unlike in some of the more recent ones, this one is full of good news—which, I suppose, explains the second meaning. You see, this last year has been difficult for many reasons which we won’t get into, and as a result my writing productivity plummeted. For example, I wrote three drafts of Splinter, and went through the full editorial and release process in exactly 12 months, whereas in the same time period this year, I had only written about 30k words of Martyr’s first draft. Not my best year. Not even close.

But, as I said, I’m back! Since December 1st I’ve written nearly 20k words and am on pace to eclipse 30k which would be my largest writing month ever. This was made possible because I recommitted myself to a writing schedule that has me out of bed at 5:00 AM and writing until about 7:30 AM before I head to work. I’m fresh, excited, and not distracted in these early mornings, and it’s wonderful. By the end of December, I hope to be at roughly 60k words, which isn’t quite halfway through my outline. This means the first draft of Martyr is on pace to be 15-20% longer than my first draft of Splinter (which was in turn 25% longer than Fracture). One day I’ll get better at projecting the length of these things, but there’s just so much awesomeness I want to put into this one. New magic. New locations. New characters. And coolest of all, new villains. It’s all coming together very nicely and will be a great opening salvo into the final three books of The Machinists.

Assuming this level of productivity continues, which I don’t see being a problem, I shouldn’t have any issue getting my “final” draft to the editor when it’s due in May. That puts us looking at a Fall/Winter 2016 release. If all goes well I hope to be really deep into my first draft of Book 4 at that point, and greatly reduce the turnaround time between the two books. Cross your fingers.

Anyway, there you have it. I’m still here, I’m working hard, making serious progress, and plan on riding this growing wave of momentum. Until next time, I hope you all have a great Holiday Season and appreciate the time and energy you’ve invested in me. Knowing there’s people out there that care about the stories I write is everything I could ever ask for.

Thank you,

-Craig Andrews

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