Hi everyone!

Another year has flown by and the holidays are just a couple short days away from being upon us. In that spirit, I wanted to put together a big update about everything that I’ve been working on for the year of 2018 and what I have planned for 2019. So, without further ado, here we go!

Ascend Online: Glory to the Brave

As I’m sure you all know from all of my regular chatter, I have spent the better part of the year working on Glory to the Brave and the book is coming together pretty well as a whole. Recently we just blew past the 100k mark on the book with no signs of slowing down. I’m expecting that this book will rival if not surpass Legacy of the Fallen in total length, which means that there still a fair bit more to go.

The good news on that front is that with a lot of the initial groundwork (Yes, I’m calling 100k words ‘initial’ groundwork) done, the story is going to start to fly by all the much faster as we get into the meat of the story. All in all, I am super excited for what I have planned for this book and the books that will follow it. However, I want to make sure that I do the entire story arc I have in mind justice, hence the slightly longer writing cycle for this book as I plan and work out the details, as well as incorporate all the feedback I’ve gotten from you all via books 1-3. Because of that at the moment it’s a bit too early to say ‘when’ this book will be done, so I am going to have to resort to the old Blizzard mantra and instead go with the vague “When it’s ready.”

With that in mind though, trust me when I say that there is no one else in the world who wants to get this book out ASAP more than me and I am working on it as hard as I can everyday to make that happen!

Starfall

I know I haven’t talked too much about this project in recent months, however for those who do not know already, Starfall is going to be a Sci-Fi LitRPG set in the same universe as Ascend Online (but in the future and a different game entirely) with a new cast of characters. The best way that I can describe what I have in mind for this series is EVE Online meets Mass Effect meets Destiny and I am super excited to be able to get to it when I finish the next Ascend Online book.

In terms of progress for this book, I have already been able to write about 35k words for it as well as plan out the entire book in quite a fair amount of detail. It’s my goal to get back to it once Glory to the Brave is in editing and try to have it finished ASAP afterwards. I’m expecting the books to hover around the 150k~ mark, instead of the more epically sized books that AsO is turning out to be.

Also, in addition to the written version of Starfall, I am very happy to announce that I am also producing a single-issue comic book to be released in tandem with the series, which if successful I hope to continue producing to encompass the entire book’s events. Furthermore, if there is a good amount of success with the format then, I hope to do the same with all of Ascend Online books as well.

Secret Non-LitRPG Project

I’ve alluded to many of you that I am working on a straight Epic Fantasy co-writing project, and I am very happy to say that it is going very well so far. However, we’re not ready yet to pull the curtains back on it just yet. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months as we put our finishing touches on everything and get it ready!

Vision for 2019 and beyond

It’s difficult to see how the next year is going to take shape at the moment, however I do have some loose thoughts of what my plans are.

First (and please don’t be scared reading this), I am planning on taking a hiatus from Ascend Online once Glory to the Brave is done. My vision at the moment is for the next story arc past GttB to be 4-6 books (3-4 main entries with Lyrian, and 1-2 side story with Lazarus) and I am somewhat debating to write several of them out back to back, then to release them one after the other. I honestly don’t know if that is possible, but I want to be candid about where my thoughts are, since this will likely take a bit of time to plan/write and will depend quite a bit on how fast my production speed can increase. The trade off is that I believe I can put together a better quality and more consistent story in the end.

Second, I want to have a chance to work on a bunch of other ideas I have bouncing around in my head (such as Starfall, should it be well received) and ensure that I don’t burn myself out on AsO, since I have been working on it, one way or another, for the last three years straight. The last thing I want to do is to ruin the story because I pushed it too hard before it was ready.

Third, I want to try my hand at non-book stuff. Much like the comic stuff that I mentioned earlier, I aspire of doing projects involving video games and possibly coming up with my own studio in the future. I know this is a pretty nebulous and vague idea at the moment, but I do have some ideas already in motion (and they are awesome!), however that will take its own amount of time to learn and eventually develop.

Of course, all of these visions are subject to change at any time, but I want to be extra upfront about where I see my time going and where my focus for the future is.

Now, in closing for all of this, since my ramble has gotten to be fairly lengthy here, I want to thank you all for your incredible level of support in helping reach my writing dreams and goals. All of this started off as a simple little hobby that eventually ballooned into the craziness that it is today, especially with the year that 2018 has shaped up to be, a year that has absolutely shattered each and every expectation that I could have possibly had for it. I wouldn’t be here without all of your encouragement and support, and I truly appreciate all of the kind words, support, and love that you have constantly sent my way.

Thank you all, so, so, so very much, and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and New Year. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings us!

Luke

14 thoughts on “A Year in Review

  1. Thanks for the update- the ASO books have been great thus far. While I do wish the books would come out faster I can appreciate your desire to keep them well written and follow a dynamic story arc that gives the characters and story the detail and attention they deserve.

    Thanks again, and good writing!

  2. Thanks for the update, I have been purposely avoiding any new gotb content so I dont spoil it when it finally comes out. I have been sadly missing starfall. I really enjoyed what little you have allowed us to see and cant wait for more.

  3. Very much looking forward to all new works, and seing as Destiny 1 & 2 are some of my personal favorite games, I’m excited about this new starfall book.

  4. I just completed my second listen through of Legacy of the Fallen, all I can say/ask/beg for is MOAR! On your timeline of course. “Rush a miracle man and you get rotten miracles.” Luck to you and your plans Luke!

  5. I got into these a few months back, when a new friend introduced me to them. They were my first taste of litRPG’s outside of Sword Art Online (“the novelization”) and Ready Player One. I admit to have fallen in love with the genre, previously I was strictly a “fantasy only” kind of girl.

    May Creativity bless your endeavors!

  6. I’m grateful for what you do! Your books make all the boring “load screens” of life into epic adventures. THANK YOU!!!

  7. Looking forward to whatever you write. Ascend Online was recommended by a friend, and totally got me hooked on LitRPG. Only months later (and dozens of other LitRPG books) did I realize just how good it was. Good luck with whatever you try – you’ve definitely got the chops to do this full time.

  8. Rereading/relistening (don’t know the correct audiobook term?) to Legacy of the Fallen. Your work is great. Please continue. Please bring us more.

    Your ideas, character development, action, flow, and style rival the best I’ve ever read. I enjoy every moment.

    Thanks

  9. I can not wait for the new Ascend online book. the seires has helped me get thru some stressful times. by allowing me a place to escape to in my free time and I frecuently find myself staying up past midnight rereading them. truth to be told I got the books 2 months ago and have since read them each over 6 times. and am hungering for more.

  10. here are some things that I think should happen in glory to the brave but if they do not I am sure that other more awesome things will happen to the characters then anything I could ever think of.
    1. lyr will use the spell of aether-binding to make more aether-touched metles
    2. amaranth will develop his own spells such as fearsome-raor witch will allow him to paralyze enemy’s with fear for 1 min
    3. laserus will return to the city and save the hostage

  11. Excited for Starfall! As much as I enjoy Ascend Online, I’d love to see what you do in a sci-fi setting. Also, if you ever do try your hand at videogame development, you can bet I’ll play the crap out of that, too. Good luck on all your endeavors!

  12. As a recent newcomer to the world of AsO, (having my brother turn me on to the series). I must say that I am very impressed with all your work so far. As with the rest of your readers, I stand waiting with baited breath for your next book concerning AsO. I have just found your year in review progress report a few minutes ago. I saw your A Mark of Kings project on Amazon the other day. I plan on getting it soon. Just so you know, I have never responded to an author’s work before; so this is a first for me. Again, I enjoy your work and hope to read your next work soon and your next AsO work soon.

    Best regards

  13. Awesome! Thanks so much Mike! I appreciate the support and the excitement! I hope that you enjoy A Mark of Kings when you give it a shot! 🙂

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