Its been a year since my last newsletter, and you may be wondering what Ive been up to.
Well, after spending over a decade working on the Inheritance Cycle, I needed a break! And I wanted to explore different writing styles, which I hadnt had the opportunity to do for a long, long time. So I decided to write several short stories and to try my hand at a screenplay. Although I wont be making them public anytime soon, working on them was good practice using new story structures and contemporary dialogue.
Then I spent months researching my next book, a science fiction novel. Just as I put a lot of thought into creating the magic system for the Inheritance Cycle, I discovered that I needed to put just as much thought into creating the future technology for this story. Especially the technology that allows for faster-than-light travel. (That one gave me real headaches.) My questions led me to contact several physicists and, yes, even some rocket scientists. After a great deal of gnashing of teeth and mental effort, I managed to figure out an FTL system that didnt contradict the known physics while allowing me to tell my story. Whew!
All that said, Im now deep into the middle third of the novel, and so far, its going well. Wish me luck!
Also, exciting news! I have a new website, paolini.net, where youll find a huge amount of information about my books and characters, as well as numerous writing tips. My staff and I put months of work into building the site, and were very proud of it. Here are some of the things you will find therein:
A section for educators, written by my mom, Talita, who taught my sister and me. There youll find activities to help you teach children the basics of language, math, science, and other topics, using common household items: paolini.net/educators/
So please, come visit us!
In conjunction with my website, the biggest Inheritance fan site, Shurtugal.com, is posting fanart, in-depth discussions, and activities-such as how to make dragon eggs. This month, Shurtugals awesome webmaster, Mike Macauley, is enlisting fans to create a harvest festival for Alagaësia. Stop by and join the fun!
As you can see, although I dont have a new book for you yet, lots of things are brewing. Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.
lyrics: Far, far beyond the island We dwelt in shades of twilight Through dread and weary days Through grief and endless pain
It lies unknown The land of mine A hidden gate To save us from the shadow fall The lord of water spoke In the silence Words of wisdom I've seen the end of all Be aware the storm gets closer
Mirror Mirror on the wall True hope lies beyond the coast You're a damned kind can't you see That the winds will change Mirror Mirror on the wall True hope lies beyond the coast You're a damned kind can't you see That tomorrows bears insanity
Gone's the wisdom Of a thousand years A world in fire and chains and fear Leads me to a place so far Deep down it lies my secret vision I better keep it safe
Shall I leave my friends alone Hidden in my twilight hall (I) know the world is lost in fire Sure there is no way to turn it Back to the old days Of bliss and cheerful laughter We're lost in barren lands Caught in the running flames Alone How shall we leave the lost road Time's getting short so follow me A leader's task so clearly To find a path out of the dark
Mirror Mirror on the wall True hope lies beyond the coast You're a damned kind can't you see That the winds will change Mirror Mirror on the wall True hope lies beyond the coast You're a damned kind can't you see That the winds will change
Even though The storm calmed down The bitter end Is just a matter of time
Shall we dare the dragon Merciless he's poisoning our hearts Our hearts
How shall we leave the lost road Time's getting short so follow me A leader's task so clearly To find a path out of the dark