Updated: Dec 23, 2019
I'm excited to announce that the second draft of Swords Unhallowed, which I commenced sometime in September, is finished. This draft went much better than the previous one, and I feel more confident going forward about the next drafting period than I did after completing Draft #1.
As I've already stated, this is the second of five planned drafts. For those that don't remember, the first (completed on July 29), came in at 90,003 words and 354 MS pages. The second has come in at 107,261––over 17K more, and 422 MS pages, completely eclipsing the previous count. This was expected, and I also anticipate the third to expand as well––possibly reaching 125K.
The reasons for this "expansion" stems from the fleshing out of characters, story development, and further elaboration on the events taking place. Once I have completed the third, I will (hopefully) be able to divulge considerably more information and details regarding the story, ranging from a definitive character cast to an in-depth analysis of the story's core themes, and my overall vision.
However, at the present moment, all I can say is that Swords Unhallowed consists of one prelude, 13 chapters, and two interludes. Additionally, I've posted the Prelude in two installments on Wattpad. [EDITOR'S NOTE: This has since been taken down in light of slight changes to the narrative.] Although it is not at all in the form I would like it to be in, it is still (with the exception of the 1st & 3rd chapters) much more polished than the rest of the narrative. If you're interested in reading it, you can read in here and respond with any feedback you may have. It should also be noted that the Prelude should not be taken as representative of the rest of the narrative proceeding. The tone, which is grim, dark, and somber in the Prelude, lightens considerably in the chapters that follow.
I wouldn't call it a comedy, but I have worked hard to infuse ample amounts of humor and absurdity.
Like the draft before it, I am taking an immediate break from anything fantasy-related for a month, at the very least. The earliest you could see me commence work on the third draft would be on the very eve of Christmas or the first part of January. I've put a lot of time, effort, and energy into getting in the heads of my characters, in addition to figuring out exactly what story it is I want to tell; and this takes a toll, both emotionally and creatively.
For the next month or so, my tentative plan is to work on such projects as This Is Love, and Walking in the Light, including the writing of more articles for The Rebelution. My wish is also to spend some time reading––something I have not had the opportunity to do much this year.
That said, I'll continue to keep you updated on all my various projects and updates!
UPDATE: Dec 14, 2019
I’m excited to announce that at long last, Swords Unhallowed has a legitimate release date!
For those who are unaware, Swords Unhallowed is the first part of The Mighty Shall Rise, an epic fantasy novel, which is also the first in a tentatively-planned five-book saga. One of two contiguous parts, it is currently slotted for digital and physical release on July 15, 2020. I didn’t expect to be able to nail a date down so early, but with the major success of the second draft and in my preparations for the third, I finally have an end goal in sight.
The final draft will likely be finished sometime in April, but I shall need the following months to get feedback, gather reviews, and begin the marketing campaign.
And now to the official synopsis & story details:
They fell from might to wander like chaff before the winds of the world.
But their time has come again, and they will not be denied.
"In Matthew Roland’s The Mighty Shall Rise, young Endurian Stonehelm is recruited out of his exile by Aragonez Ivronwine—former high-prince of the Kingdom of Ared’dor—and is swept into an epic quest to steal the Sceptre of Nórn from Ir-Murazôr himself: chiefest of tyrants. But even with all of Ared’dor at his mercy, Murazôr does not sit idle, and Endurian, who is tormented by memories of his bloodstained past, must eventually confront the Dark King, and in doing so, find his true place in the world."
Additional details forthcoming!