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Author of the Saga of Ukumog discusses the challenges of being an author, the tools and processes he uses while writing, and sometimes posts something completely unrelated. This blog is the author exposed.

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Frustrations and accomplishments

Louis Puster

Hi folks! It has been quite some time since I updated the blog here.  Those of you who follow me on other social media or twitter might have gotten an inking of what is happening with the books.  So let me put it all officially here.

Book 2 is complete, for the most part.  It is not yet available because I decided to do two things:

  1. Create a map for the world setting
  2. Have my new editor go over Wracked and re-release it along with Book 2

Item 2 also has had a great deal of progress.  It is merely waiting for me to do the final pass over the edits and then layout the book.

The first item is where my frustration lies.

Over the past few months, I have been working with both Illustrator and Photoshop to create a vast map of the entire world.  My goal was to use vector images to give me the freedom of putting pieces of the map in books instead of the whole thing.  The reason for this is simple:  Each book is part of the great puzzle of the story, and so too should the maps be.  In theory my goal was something very doable, reasonable even.  In practice I have learned a lot about the way these programs and image types work together.  Unfortunately this has led to hours upon hours of work that have turned out half useless.

So, now I am shaking off the disappointment of my failures and soon I will move forward with the maps to give the books, and their readers, the content they richly deserve.

I only ask that you bear with me as I try to bring more of the dark world that hums in my thoughts to life.

Weddings, Maps, and Things

Louis Puster

Recently I went to the island of St John for a lovely wedding on the beaches there.  It was the first wedding I had ever been asked to be in as a groomsman, yet somehow I don't think it was like any other wedding.  The bride and groom gave each other a high five after they were pronounced instead of the customary kiss.  I do so love my friends.  I have some pictures from the trip that I might post sometime in the future.  

Rather than stride boldly directly into writing Book 3 of the Saga of Ukumog, I have been doing other work on the whole series and the world.  The most recent project is creating a map for the world that isn't a pile of hand-drawn scribbles.  A map that I might someday be able to present to the fans of the series.  Well, here is a tiny taste of the work in progress:

As you can see, there is a lot more work to be done (even what you see might be tweaked a bit), but I wanted to share this tiny fragment with all of you since I haven't posted in a while.  More to come in the future!


Currently, I am debating attending a local convention this fall and trying to promote my books.  Ultimately it would be amazing (and nearly impossible) to have book 2 available before the convention, but it is very unlikely.  I am still trying to work out the details of that trip.  I would rather not wander the halls with a backpack full of books and trying to talk to people about the series.  I have always done much better with that sort of thing when I have a table or someplace set up for me to chat with folks.  Last minute planning though might leave me without a specific home amidst the ocean of con goers.  I will let you all know when and if you can find me at any cons in the near future.


Until next time, internet.  Be well!