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Update: Oratorio in Ursa Major


During the fall and early winter, the beta readers read the first draft of Oratorio in Ursa Major. I discussed the draft with each of the readers, gave a lot of thought to their ideas, and undertook revisions.

I’m flattered that none of the beta readers suggested any major changes in Oratorio. Rather, from the discussions with the beta readers it seemed to me that what was needed were some new scenes and even a new character. A few days ago, I finished the second draft. The novel grew by about 60 pages. The paperback version now stands at about 515 pages.

During the revision process, I also thought a great deal more about what wants to happen in book 3, because obviously that needs to be anticipated and foreshadowed in Oratorio, which is the second book of a trilogy. Or, who knows. After writing the third novel about Jake’s adventures, I may want to continue with it.

I have moved the release date from April 1 to June 1. This is to give me more time to proofread for typos, to get all three versions ready (paperback, hardback, and Kindle), to get everything on Amazon for pre-ordering well before the release date, to get review copies mailed out, and to work on jacket blurbs and other promotional stuff.


  1. DCS wrote:


    I absolutely envy and hate you for the concentrated quietude you have created at the Abbey to get work done that requires long stretches of uninterrupted concentration on one task and one task only, no distractions. It’s the big hole in my otherwise satisfying academic life. It has reached a crisis point, I’m afraid. Playing administrative Whack-A-Mole five days a week is not conducive to writing, and a writer not writing is bored.

    And, as Paul Tillich once said, “Boredom is a rage spread thin.”

    So congratulations for getting the draft done, but, more important, congratulations for owning your time and devoting it to doing the thinking and writing you crave. I’m green.


    Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  2. Henry wrote:

    i’m awaiting for the release

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10:48 pm | Permalink
  3. daltoni wrote:

    DCS: Never forget that I too had to work for a living. It’s all about retiring and owning your own time at the first moment possible.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 9:06 am | Permalink

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