It comes with great pleasure that I’m finally able to tell you that my first ever book, “The Tides of Fate – An Exordia Novella” is, after some extra rounds of editing as well as some unexpected twists and turns, published. Take a look at the finished product:
The blurb for the story that inspired the last three songs on our upcoming album “What Remained” goes something like this:
The domed city of Exordia has existed for over a thousand years, being home and shelter to the last survivors of humanity in an otherwise uninhabitable world.
Josten is desperate. After losing his son Lero, who was banished from the city as punishment for a crime, and his wife Sofia for following a perilous hidden agenda, he made his choice. Clinging to the last vestige of hope that Lero might have survived in the Outside World, he decides to make his last stand…
Suppose you consider yourself someone interested in reading post-apocalyptic fiction, and this blurb sparked your interest. In that case, you can find the paperback version and the ebook format of it on Amazon.
As I mentioned in a post some time ago, our upcoming album “What Remained” slowly progressed into the thematic realm of versions of pessimistic future visions and there was not a proper plan from the start. That’s still true, but I left something out.
Hear me out.
At some point, there was in fact a plan:
On our previous album “Kilesa”, the last three songs formed a trilogy, still, to this day, one of our creations we are most proud of. During the songwriting process of the new album, the idea occurred to write a new trilogy with over-lengthy, progressive songs. At some point, there was the vision of enhancing the musical vision by an accompanying story.
The idea came from, well, yours truly. I felt the itch to write a story to inspire the music, a way we hadn’t tried until then.
And so I did. I brought something to the page, and, being the greenhorn I was (and still am), it was… well, let’s just say it was not worth mentioning. In fact, it was nothing but a pile of first draft vomit. At least in my book. (pun intended)
However, it served its purpose, and it inspired the songwriting unexpectedly, resulting in three massive songs of which we are really, really proud of.
As we were planning the release of the album some time ago, Philip came up with the idea to make the initial story I’ve written accessible for those interested. After all, it was a part of the creation process. Well, I vehemently refused at first. But the longer I thought about it, the more the idea had something charming, something challenging.
I agreed on Philip’s idea, but only unless I would rewrite the whole damn thing to the best of my capabilities. So, I sat back in the chair and wrote, trying to keep its core idea intact.
With the certainty that there’s at least the possibility that someone would read it, I gave a little more effort this time. After finishing the new draft, I sent it to my sister Carole Winchester and my brother-in-law Stu Winchester, waiting “patiently”, biting off my fingernails. Contrary to all expectations, their feedback was quite positive. They offered me their help in regards to further edits (I can’t thank them enough for it!) and now we’re almost there, being in the final rounds of copy editing.
Copy editing? Yes! Thanks to their tireless and patient support, I took the decision to take the plunge and self-publish the story.
The book will be called “The Tides of Fate” (same as the opening song of the trilogy) and will contain somewhat +/- 20000 words and thus could be considered a novella.
It will be available on amazon in ebook format as well as there will be a printed edition.
Before I go, I have to mention my sister Carole one more time, as she is currently completing the cover artwork, but more on that in a later post.
Until further notice
P.S. sorry for not nailing the accurate writer poses