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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Spinward Fringe Continues on Patreon!

Work on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge continues. I admit to taking a much needed break, and hope that everyone's patience continues to hold even though it's been much less than a year since the release of Broadcast 10: Freeground. Preview chapters and the book itself is coming. I like what I have so far.

In the meantime, there's a lot to see on the Patreon page. For Spinward Fringe fans, a new serial has launched called Spinward Fringe Continues. So far there is a short, three part story called Haven Shore Immigration, and four parts of Carnie's Tale to read. Here's a link to the index.

It's my hope that these stories, most of which would never have been published or told, will entertain you between book releases. I enjoy telling these stories and expanding the universe in less predictable ways that may not fit in a book, so I look forward to every release day on Patreon.

There's other stuff on Patreon too, most of which is free, like concept drawings, podcasts (more of those coming in the next couple weeks), and a fantasy novel called Highshield, which is in its final chapters for now (over 30 chapters so far!)


RL

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Highshield Chapter 30 (The Fairy Tale Version) Is Up!

Highshield Chapter 30 is up! There are two different versions of this chapter, and this is the first of the two, the Fairy Tale version. I'll be posting the other version tomorrow or Friday, then looking to you to choose which version makes it into the final revision of the book.


[For everyone who is waiting for news on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge, it's coming. I'm still well ahead of my goal to have this book out within a year of the release of the last, so please be patient.]

RL

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Highshield Book I Nears The End

Highshield Chapter 29 is up! We're getting closer to the end of this book and I'm looking for comments from people who have been reading along so far. It is also available for preorder through most retailers (coming soon to Amazon).

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Carnie's Tale - A Spinward Fringe Serial


Something special begins today, a new Spinward Fringe Serial called Carnie's Tale. It takes place between Broadcast 10 and 11. There's a lot more detail in the introduction posted here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/12772953

The first part (it's a teaser) is already up!

RL



Saturday, July 8, 2017

Highshield Heats Up!

Highshield Chapter 27 is up! I'll let the picture speak for this installment. Highshield Chapter 27 is up! https://www.patreon.com/posts/12707467

If you haven't been reading and would like to catch up or start from the beginning, here's a link to the index: https://www.patreon.com/posts/highshield-and-11398692

RL

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge Begins

You can read chapter 1 of Broadcast 11: Revenge right now on the Patreon page. In a few weeks, Spinward Fringe will take over the whole page, and new chapters will be released regularly at least until the book is released in its whole, final edit form.

It's taken a lot longer than I expected to get to this point, but I'm happy with the work I'm doing, so I hope you enjoy this dramatic part of the Spinward Fringe saga.

Here's the link!

RL

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Highshield Book I Release Date and Cover

The cover for Highshield Book I has been chosen, and preorders are open! The epic story continues on Patreon for free, but if you want the more refined version of the tale, or to have it on your device, that's going to be possible soon.

For more details, check out the spot on the Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/posts/11713987

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Highshield Chapter 18 Is Up!

Highshield Chapter 18 is up! This story has gone longer than I expected, with more depth than was planned, but I hope everyone is enjoying the journey. Please post comments if you have them, I would like to hear your thoughts.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/highshield-xviii-11614875

The cover for the first complete edition will be coming sometime in the next week or so. I'll be putting some extra design work in it since I've decided on a more powerful looking design. A preorder date will follow some time after that, but for now you can read the chapters as they're released for free on Patreon!

RL

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Highshield Chapter 17 With a Handy Index!

It's Saturday! That means there's a new chapter of Highshield! Enjoy! https://www.patreon.com/posts/11553404
Click on the Index link at the top of the post if you need more info or have to start at a different chapter.

-RL

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Highshield Continues, Catch Up On All Fourteen Chapters!

The latest chapter of Highshield is up! If you aren't up to date, use the index at the top of the post to get to the last chapter you read, or to start at the beginning. There's Highshield and Spinward Fringe news coming this weekend too, so keep your eyes open!

The entire serial is free, and I encourage discussion and comments, especially on the comment thread linked in the index.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/11351165

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Highshield Is Up To Chapter 9, and It's Free!

Highshield, that serial fantasy series I've been putting out every week, is growing and it's free for everyone.

In fact, Chapter IX is out now!

There's an index at the top for anyone who hasn't started reading this serial Fantasy series! https://www.patreon.com/posts/highshield-ix-10671756

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Patreon Done My Way...

There's a huge update on the Patreon site. The first thing you'll notice is that every post and item there is now freely available to everyone.

Check it out!

RL

Friday, April 14, 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Highshield - Epic Fantasy Serialized On Patreon

I'm serializing my latest book on Patreon, Highshield: an epic fantasy story spanning an entire generation.

The first chapters are about to be posted and will be visible to everyone. I love everything about this project.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/8746742

RL

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Haven Shore Immigration, A New Short Story

The first short piece for Patreon is complete! It's a fairly soft story called Haven Shore Immigration, and it's a more idyllic look at what immigrating to a new home would be like in a more utopian setting than we normally see.

Every week there will be new content on my Patreon page, sometimes even more often. Most of the Podcasts and a few other things will be free for everyone, but the short stories, chapters cut from previously released books and a few other things will be for people who contribute on the page.

Here's a link that talks about the release of the latest Spinward Fringe short: https://www.patreon.com/posts/parts-2-and-3-of-8656887

Here's another link that will take you to our first Podcast for the new Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/posts/randolph-patreon-8534428

I hope to see you there!

RL

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Patreon Is Live

After months of consideration and more than a little work, I've launched a Patreon page to support myself and the projects I'm working on over the next few years.

Why are you starting a Patreon Page?

The simplest, shortest answer is that the industry is changing, and if I don't change with it, I won't survive.

The much sunnier answer is that I wanted a new platform where I can bring everything I'm doing together, and Patreon offers a great new home, where people who have been telling me that I charge too little for my books can correct that problem themselves and receive extra content in exchange.

Stabilizing a volatile career is another potential plus to Patreon, which would make it easier for me to release novels and other things.

Will Your Podcasts, Updates, and Free Novels Cost Something Now?

Most podcasts will be free, and there will be many more of them since Patreon puts me on a release schedule. Updates on writing progress will be free as always, an available there, and anyone who joins my Patreon will receive all my free books and something more. So, only the location of the free stuff will change.

Are You Dropping This Blog?

I will link everything that is available to the general public on Patreon here, so your subscription and attention on this page isn't wasted.

Are You Still Going To Contribute To Your Facebook Page and Participate on Twitter?

Yes. Larger posts, audio, video, and articles will be on Pateron and the other social media platforms will have links to them.

Will There Be Pateron Exclusives?

Yes, at least two a month are planned. Stay tuned.

Will You Still Publish Your Books As You Have Been?

Yes, in fact I will be publishing more per year if things with Patreon go well.

What Is Patreon?

There's a YouTube Video that explains that pretty well, give it a watch.

I'd like to thank everyone for their support thus far. You've purchased my books, talked about them with friends, family and online, and done so much more. I appreciate everything, and Patreon will ensure that I offer more to get excited about on a more regular basis.

Take a look, here's the link: www.patreon.com/randolphlalonde

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tabletop Role Playing Game Development Continues

Last week I finished writing the first section of the fantasy novel I've been working, but before switching back to Spinward Fringe full time, I thought I'd take another look at the role playing game I started designing last year.

For everyone who doesn't know, a Table Top Role Playing Game involves pencil and paper, character sheets you can hold in your hand, and a variety of dice (I love dice...). It's a game where a Game Master guides a group of players through an adventure she or he has written in advance.

In a fantasy Tabletop RPG, players may assume the role of a fighter, a wizard, a ranger or rogue (there are a lot of other character types, those are the most common). They make characters, filling out character sheets and then assume the roles like actors who don't get out of their seats often.

I spent over 20 years as a game master, and have created a few custom game systems before. Creating a new system from scratch is a lot of fun for me because it's a huge challenge. It has to be different enough from the other role playing games out there, and it has to be a great system on its own to be worthwhile. Role playing systems also have a tendency to become extremely complicated, and that's one thing I'm resisting, making the system harder to put together.

This role playing system is being designed to adapt to the world of Brightwill (Fantasy), Dark Arts (current day Supernatural), and Spinward Fringe (Space Opera / Science Fiction Adventure).

When I finish the core rules I'll be releasing them for free in a copyrighted book. By Saturday I'll have enough of the basics finished so a player can create a character and be ready to play in less than an hour. I'm really excited to continue development on this, and It'll keep going even as I turn most of my attention towards finishing Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge.

I'll also be launching my basic Patreaon site next week, and I'm working to get copies of my books in hand so I can offer signed copies by the end of the month. There was a delay because Amazon isn't offering authors the option of ordering bulk copies for a discount, so I'll be using another company to get copies soon(ish).

I'm so excited about Patreon, it'll give me one place where I can unveil a lot of things this year, and I hope it'll open up more opportunities to entertain you.


RL

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Change Is Coming...

Before I get into the news I have I must say thank you to everyone who bought any of my books or put one of my free books in front of a new reader one the last few months. The first half of the year is generally the hardest time financially, but I'm keeping my head above water thanks to  you.

Now, about that title...

My Patreon Page Will Be Launching Soon
In a couple weeks the new place to get all your news and a lot of content from yours truly will be a Patreon page. Most of the content there will be available for free, so not much will be changing. There definitely will be something extra for most contributors though, but I don't plan on starting with a lot of tiers, I think keeping things simple at the start is the best move. Why Patreon? I hate to admit it, but I need something to help stabilize my income throughout the year, and if there are enough contributors I'll also have more freedom to work on more projects and complete more books. I also wanted a new portal to offer other projects through.

A New Book!
I've already finished a large chunk of a brand new fantasy novel that takes place in the world of Brightwill, and I like the look of it so far. I will probably have to put it aside for a while as I concentrate on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge, but expect to see a lot about this Epic Fantasy Novel this year.

Spinward Fringe, Dark Arts and More
I'm keeping my goals simple for this year: Two Spinward Fringe novels are due, along with the sequel to Dark Arts. I want to finish more books this year, but I'm only going to promise what I'm pretty sure I can finish. I expect to have Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge out in June, 2017.

Podcasts Will Return
I have two podcast series planned, and they'll be announced on the Patreon Page. Both will be freely available, one will have a finite, limited number the other will be unlimited. A few have already been recorded.

Other Projects
Work on a role playing game (system and settings), continues. A playable set of basic rules will be flying out of my printer today and initial testing is set to begin. I'm also involved in a couple projects from other artists, so you never know what will appear.

The Facebook Page and Twitter
Randolph Lalonde and the Spinward Fringe Crew will still be a main community hub for everyone who wants to join, and I'll be pasting links to all new content there so you can see what's going on. I'll be doing the same with Twitter, even though that's not nearly as active for me. The addition of a Patreon page won't really complicate this, in fact, it should give everyone more free content than you've been used to seeing from me, and it'll make getting that content out to you much easier.

New Book Store?
That's right, I'm working with a vendor to create a clean, easier to use signed book store. It'll be accessible through the Patreon Page, but I'd like to remind everyone that the shipping costs from Canada are still high because I don't live in a major city.

I know, there aren't a lot of final links or finished projects in this update, but there's a lot of work happening in the background. I think you'll be faced with some very pleasant surprises from me this  year. Thank you for keeping my career afloat by talking about my work and buying the books, I hope you've enjoyed the ride so far!

RL

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge and That Other Project

Work has already begun on Spinward Fringe Broadcast 11: Revenge. Right now I'm going through the previous novels in the series, combing through them for details that I need for Broadcasts 11 and 12.
Firmly connecting Broadcasts 11 and 12 to the rest of the books is also incredibly important, especially since the war in these books is heating up, and this promises to be a turning point in the series.

I apologize for not posting on this blog more often. I normally keep in touch with everyone through the Facebook group, which you can find here. I promise to post on this site more often though, since it is the oldest point of contact and source of Spinward Fringe news.

While I backtrack and review the previous Spinward Fringe books, I'm writing another project that I can't talk about yet, but it'll be announced sometime in March. It's a short project that I can squeeze in while I'm in Broadcast 11's research phase, and I know some of you are going to love it.

So, you can look forward to the completion of several projects in 2017, and I can't wait to unveil each one of them for you.

More to come...

RL